March 18 Writer Birthdays

1652 – Anne Margrethe Qvitzow, Danish poet, writer, memoirist, and translator. 1634 – Madame de La Fayette, French writer, novelist, historian, lady-in-waiting, and correspondent; her novel La Princesse de Clèves was France’s first historical novel and one of the earliest novels in all of literature. 1829 – Mary Ann Harris Gay, American writer and poetContinue reading “March 18 Writer Birthdays”

March 17 Writer Birthdays

1819 – Sarah Carter Edgarton Mayo, American author, editor, and poet. 1820 – Jean Ingelow, English poet, novelist, and children’s writer. 1826 – Oscar Ferdinand Peschel, German geographer and anthropologist, most remembered for his book The Races of Man and Their Geographical Distribution, which classifies humans into seven races. 1832 – Moncure Daniel Conway, AmericanContinue reading “March 17 Writer Birthdays”

March 16 Writer Birthdays

1657 – Susanna Elizabeth Zeidler, German Baroque poet and advocate for women’s rights, especially the right to participate in the public and literary world; her work Beglau-bigung der Jungfer Poeterey (Certification of the Maiden Poet) is considered a classic text on the defense of women’s right to authorship. 1751 – James Madison, author of theContinue reading “March 16 Writer Birthdays”

March 15 Writer Birthdays

1499 – Gjon Buzuku, Albanian writer, translator, and linguist who may have been a monk and probably lived in or near Venice, Italy. 1768 – Maria Czartoryska, Polish writer, philanthropist, and princess who was also known as Duchess Maria and the Duchess Louis of Württemberg. 1778 – Pauline Fourès, French novelist, writer, painter, and musicianContinue reading “March 15 Writer Birthdays”

March 14 Writer Birthdays

1844 – Arthur William Edgar O’Shaughnessy, British poet of Irish descent. 1866 – Ng Poon Chew, Chinese author, journalist, publisher, and activist who published the first Chinese language daily newspaper to be printed outside of China 1869 – Algernon Blackwood, English novelist and short story writer, known for ghost stories and weird fiction. 1879 –Continue reading “March 14 Writer Birthdays”

March 13 Writer Birthdays

1742 – Anne Hunter, Irish-born British poet, lyricists, and saloniere who is mostly remembered now for writing the texts to at least nine of Joseph Haydn’s 14 songs in English. 1822 – Moritz Grave von Strachwitz, German lyric poet. 1848 – Patrocinio de Biedma y la Moneda, Spanish poet, novelist, and journalist; in addition toContinue reading “March 13 Writer Birthdays”

March 12 Writer Birthdays

1799 – Mary Howitt, English poet, author, linguist, and translator best known for writing the poem The Spider and the Fly and for translating the tales of Hans Christian Andersen. 1836 – Isabella Beeton, influential English journalist, bestselling author, publisher, cookbook writer, magazine writer, translator, and businessperson whose name is most associated today with herContinue reading “March 12 Writer Birthdays”

March 11 Writer Birthdays

1544 – Torquato Tasso, Italian poet, author, and playwright who died a few days before the Pope was to crown him as The King of Poets; his work was widely translated and adapted, and until the 20th century, he remained one of the most widely read poets in Europe. 1549 – Henric Spieghel, Dutch RenaissanceContinue reading “March 11 Writer Birthdays”

March 10 Writer Birthdays

1627 – Catharina Wallenstedt (née Wallia), Swedish writer, courtier, and noblewoman known for about 350 letters she wrote to her husband and daughter; her letters have provided researchers with valuable historical information about life at the Swedish court, where she was maid of honor to Queen Christina. 1746 – Gajaman Nona (real name Donna IsabellaContinue reading “March 10 Writer Birthdays”

March 9 Writer Birthdays

1763 – William Cobbett, English writer, reformer, and publisher who, under the pen name Peter Porcupine, wrote political pamphlets and gazettes with strong radical viewpoints in both America and England. 1814 – Taras Shevchenko, Ukranian national poet, writer, painter, and politician whose writing is regarded as the foundation of modern Ukrainian literature and language. 1892Continue reading “March 9 Writer Birthdays”