March 28 Writer Birthdays

1515 – Teresa of Ávila, Spanish author, philosopher, autobiographer, theologian, cleric, mystic, physician, religious reformer, and Catholic saint; she was born a Spanish noble but chose a monastic life; her written contributions, include her autobiography, The Life of Teresa of Jesus, and her seminal work The Interior Castle, are today an integral part of SpanishContinue reading “March 28 Writer Birthdays”

March 27 Writer Birthdays

1770 – Eleonora Charlotta d’Albedyhll (née Wrangel), Swedish countess, poet, writer, and salon holder. 1770 – Sophie Friederike Mereau, German novelist, poet, translator, publisher, and short-story writer associated with German Romanticism. 1883 – Marie Under, Estonian writer, poet, translator, and archivist who is considered one of Estonia’s greatest poets; she was nominated eight times forContinue reading “March 27 Writer Birthdays”

March 26 Writer Birthdays

1859 – A.E. Housman (Alfred Edward Housman), English classical scholar and poet, best known for his lyrical “A Shropshire Lad” poems, which evoke the dooms and disappointments of youth in the English countryside. 1819 – Louise Otto-Peters, German journalist, suffragist, and women’s rights activist who wrote novels, poetry, essays, and libretti. 1847 – Annie FooreContinue reading “March 26 Writer Birthdays”

March 25 Writer Birthdays

1157 – Alfonso II of Aragon, Spanish Aragonese monarch who was also a noted poet, composer, troubadour, and close friend of King Richard the Lionheart; Alfonso’s reign is best remembered for his plan to unite lands on both sides of the Pyrenees under the rule of the House of Barcelona 1347 – Saint Catherine ofContinue reading “March 25 Writer Birthdays”

March 24 Writer Birthdays

1775 – Muthuswami Dikshitar, Indian poet, author, and legendary composer of Indian classical music. 1826 – Matilda Joslyn Gage, American author, editor, journalist, lecturer, abolitionist, suffragist, and activist for women’s rights and Native American rights who ran an Underground Railroad station out of her home and wrote prolifically against oppression of all kinds; her son-in-law,Continue reading “March 24 Writer Birthdays”

March 23 Writer Birthdays

1814 – Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda y Arteaga, Cuban-born Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright who sometimes used the pseudonym La Peregrina (The Pilgrim); her most famous work is the antislavery novel Sab, about a slave who is deeply in love with his mistress Carlota, who is entirely oblivious to his feelings for her. 1881 –Continue reading “March 23 Writer Birthdays”

March 22 Writer Birthdays

1181 – Ibn al-Farid, Egyptian Sufi poet, writer, and philosopher who was esteemed as the greatest of all Arab mystic poets. 1554 – Catherine de Parthenay, French writer, poet, playwright, mathematician, and patron of the arts; she was considered one of the most brilliant women of her era. 1712 – Edward Moore, English dramatist andContinue reading “March 22 Writer Birthdays”

March 21 Writer Birthdays

1557 – Anne Howard (Countess of Arundel, née Dacre), English poet, writer, and religious conspirator who converted to Catholicism, despite laws against it. 1841 – Mathilde Blind (born Mathilda Cohen), German-born English poet, fiction writer, biographer, essayist, and literary critic who pioneered a female aesthete in a mostly male community of artists and writers, andContinue reading “March 21 Writer Birthdays”

March 20 Writer Birthdays

0043 BC – Publius Ovidius Naso, known as Ovid, Ancient Roman poet best known for the Metamorphoses. 1612 – Anne Bradstreet (née Dudley), the most prominent of early English poets in North America and the first writer in England’s American colonies to be published. 1770 – Johann Christian Friedrich Hölderlin, German schizophrenic lyric poet. 1828Continue reading “March 20 Writer Birthdays”

March 19 Writer Birthdays

1084 – Li Qingzhao, Chinese writer, poet, essayist, artist, and lyricist; she is considered one of the greatest poets in Chinese history. 1721 – Tobias Smollett, Scottish poet and author best known for his picaresque novels and for his work’s influence on Charles Dickens. 1821 – Sir Richard Francis Burton, British explorer, translator, and travelContinue reading “March 19 Writer Birthdays”