December 29 Writer Birthdays

1792 – Sir Archibald Alison, Scottish author who wrote the first scholarly English-language study of the French Revolution. 1843 – Elisabeth of Wied, Queen Consort of Romania, who under the pen name Carmen Sylva wrote many poems, plays, novels, short stories, and essays in German, Romanian, French, and English. 1915 – Charles Leonard Harness, scienceContinue reading “December 29 Writer Birthdays”

December 28 Writer Birthdays

1789 – Catharine Maria Sedgwick, American novelist, short-story writer, and activist for religious freedom. 1872 – Pío Baroja y Nessi, Spanish Basque writer, one of the key novelists of the Generation of ’98. 1895 – Carol Ryrie Brink, Newbery Medal-winning American author of children’s and adult fiction, best known for her novel, Caddie Woodlawn, basedContinue reading “December 28 Writer Birthdays”

December 27 Writer Birthdays

1796 – Mirza Ghalib, the preeminent Urdu-Persian poet during the last years of the Mughal Empire; he used pen names Ghalib and Asad. 1821 – Lady Jane Francesca Agnes Wilde (born Jane Francesca Elgee), Irish poet who wrote under the pen name “Speranza,” and a supporter of the nationalist movement; she had a special interestContinue reading “December 27 Writer Birthdays”

December 26 Writer Birthdays

1716 – Thomas Gray, English poet. 1819 – E.D.E.N. Southworth (Emily Dorothy Eliza Nevitte), American novelist and short-story writer; friend of writer and reformer Harriet Beecher Stowe. 1820 – Dionysius Lardner Boursiquot, Irish actor and playwright, best known for his melodramas. 1862 – Alexander V. Amfiteatrov, Russian writer and historian. 1888 – Hiroshi “Can” KikuchiContinue reading “December 26 Writer Birthdays”

December 23 Writer Birthdays

1597 – Martin Opitz, considered the father of German poetry. 1828 – Mathilde Wesendonck, German writer and poet; possibly mistress to composer Richard Wagner. 1858 – Vladimir Nemirovitch-Dantshenko, Russian playwright and novelist who co-founded the Moscow Art Theatre. 1860 – Harriet Monroe, poet and literary critic who founded Poetry magazine. 1862 – Henri Pirenne, BelgianContinue reading “December 23 Writer Birthdays”

December 22 Writer Birthdays

1823 – Jean-Henri Casimir Fabre, French entomologist and author. 1869 – Edwin Arlington Robinson, American poet who won three Pulitzer Prizes for his work. 1905 – Kenneth Rexroth, American poet and Beat influencer (though he disliked the label) who was a central figure in the San Francisco Renaissance. 1935 – Tomás Rivera, Chicano author, poet,Continue reading “December 22 Writer Birthdays”

December 21 Writer Birthdays

1872 – Albert Payson Terhune, American author and dog breeder, known for his books about dogs. 1892 – Rebecca West, pen name of Cicely Isabel Fairfield, British author, journalist, literary critic, and travel writer who said, “People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.” 1905Continue reading “December 21 Writer Birthdays”

December 20 Writer Birthdays

1838 – Edwin Abbott Abbott, English schoolmaster and theologian, best known for the satirical novella Flatland. 1902 – Vasil Iljoski, Macedonian writer, dramatist, professor, and an important figure in the Macedonian literature. 1920 – Väinö Linna, Finnish author best known for his novel, Tuntematon sotilas (The Unknown Soldier). 1951 – Kate Atkinson, postmodern British novelistContinue reading “December 20 Writer Birthdays”

December 19 Writer Birthdays

1036 – Su Tung-p’o, greatest poet of the Chinese Sung Dynasty, often under fire in his day for satirizing government policies. 1753 – John Taylor of Caroline, U.S. Senator and Virginia State Delegate who authored books on agriculture and politics. 1796 – Manuel Breton de los Herreros, prolific Spanish playwright & librarian. 1820 – MaryContinue reading “December 19 Writer Birthdays”

December 18 Writer Birthdays

1828 – Abraham Viktor Rydberg, important Swedish novelist described as “primarily a classical idealist” and as “Sweden’s last Romantic.” 1856 – Graciano López Jaena, Filipino journalist, orator, propagandist, and revolutionary, best known for his written work, La Solidaridad.  1870 – Saki, Pen name of British writer Hector Hugh Munro, known for his witty short stories.Continue reading “December 18 Writer Birthdays”