April 10 Writer Birthdays

1734 – Eleonore von Grothaus, German poet, writer, and musician. 1778 – William Hazlitt, English writer, drama, literary critic, painter, social commentator, and philosopher. 1835 – Henry Villard, German-born American journalist, financier, and railroad president. 1847 – Joseph Pulitzer, Hungarian-born American newspaper publisher; the Pulitzer Prize is named after him. 1867 – George William Russell,Continue reading “April 10 Writer Birthdays”

April 9 Writer Birthdays

1766 – Albertine Necker de Saussure, Swiss writer and pedagogue. 1821 – Charles Baudelaire, French poet, essayist, and art critic; translator of Edgar Allan Poe; his name inspired Lemony Snicket’s choice of family name for the Baudelaire children in the “A Series of Unfortunate Events” books. 1824 – Louise Cathrine Elisabeth Bjørnsen (pen name ElisabethContinue reading “April 9 Writer Birthdays”

April 8 Writer Birthdays

1865 – Ekaterina Mikhailovna Lopatina (pen name Katerina Eltsova), Russian writer who was a close friend of writer Ivan Bunin. 1869 – Harvey Cushing, American neurosurgeon and author of a Pulitzer prize-winning biography of Sir William Osler. 1880 – Margherita Sarfatti, Italian journalist, author, biographer, art critic, patron, collector, socialite, and propaganda adviser to theContinue reading “April 8 Writer Birthdays”

April 7 Writer Birthdays

1770 – William Wordsworth, revered English poet considered one of the founders of the Romantic movement. 1803 – Flora Tristan, French socialist writer, activist, and one of the founders of modern feminism; grandmother to painter Paul Gauguin; she has been called the “mother of feminism and of popular communitarian socialism.” 1889 – Gabriela Mistral, pseudonymContinue reading “April 7 Writer Birthdays”

April 6 Writer Birthdays

1741 – Nicolas Chamfort (born Sébastien-Roch Nicolas), French writer known for his witty epigrams and aphorisms; he was also secretary to Louis XVI’s sister. 1773 – James Mill, Scottish writer, teacher, historian, economist, translator, theologian, editor, literary critic, essayist, linguist, political theorist, and philosopher who was one of the founders of the Ricardian school ofContinue reading “April 6 Writer Birthdays”

April 5 Writer Birthdays

1279 – Al-Nuwayri, Egyptian writer, poet, historian, encyclopedist, and calligrapher; he is best remembered for his 9,000-page encyclopedia of the Mamluk era, The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition (Nihayat al-arab fi funun al-adab), which covered zoology, anatomy, history, chronology, and more, as well as for his extensive work on the Mongols’ conquest ofContinue reading “April 5 Writer Birthdays”

April 4 Writer Birthdays

1661 – Uejima Onitsura, Japanese haiku poet who belonged to the Danrin school of Japanese poetry. 1785 – Bettina von Arnim (born Elisabeth Catharina Ludovica Magdalena Brentano), German countess, writer, novelist, publisher, composer, singer, illustrator, social activist, and salonnière; the archetype of the Romantic era’s zeitgeist, she was known for the company she kept, especiallyContinue reading “April 4 Writer Birthdays”

April 3 Writer Birthdays

1593 – George Herbert, Welsh poet, orator, and priest who was a key figure in devotional lyrics; he is also associated with metaphysical poetry. 1758 – Manuel del Socorro Rodríguez, Cuban writer, journalist, essayist, poet, and librarian who is considered he founder of journalism in Colombia. 1783 – Washington Irving, influential American author, essayist, biographer,Continue reading “April 3 Writer Birthdays”

April 2 Writer Birthdays

1602 – Mary of Jesus of Ágreda (also known as the Abbess of Ágreda), Franciscan abbess, spiritual writer, and mystic, known especially for her extensive correspondence with King Philip IV of Spain and reports of her bilocation between Spain and its colonies in New Spain; she wrote fourteen books, including a series of revelations aboutContinue reading “April 2 Writer Birthdays”

April 1 Writer Birthdays

1647 – John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, British poet and courtier whose work reacted against the “spiritual authoritarianism” of the Puritan era; he was as well known for his rakish lifestyle as for his poetry, although the two were often interlinked. 1750 – Hugo Kołłątaj, Ukrainian-born Polish writer, historian, philosopher, geographer, university teacher, anthropologist,Continue reading “April 1 Writer Birthdays”