February 12 Writer Birthdays

1809 – Charles Darwin, English naturalist, biologist, and geologist whose On the Origin of Species advanced the theory of natural selection and became the foundation for the science of evolution. 1828 – George Meredith, English novelist and poet who was nominated seven times for the Nobel Prize. 1893 – Fred Albert Shannon, Pulitzer Prize-winning AmericanContinue reading “February 12 Writer Birthdays”

Month of Letters, Day 10

On Monday, February 10, the tenth day of the Month of Letters challenge to send at least one piece of mail each day in February, I sent two Postcrossing cards: To China, a superhero robot card. To The Netherlands, a card with a reproduction of the cover of an old pulp fiction book called Musk,Continue reading “Month of Letters, Day 10”

February 11 Writer Birthdays

1783 – Jarena Lee – first female African-American autobiographer and first female African-American ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. 1802 – Lydia Maria Child, political-rights activist for the cause of women, slaves, and American Indians; also a novelist and poet; she is best known for the poem used as the lyrics to the song, “Over theContinue reading “February 11 Writer Birthdays”

February 10 Writer Birthdays

1775 – Charles Lamb, English essayist, poet, and historian, best known for Tales from Shakespeare, co-authored with his sister Mary Lamb. 1868 – William Allen White, American author, biographer, newspaper editor, and politician who was a leader of the Progressive movement. 1890 – Boris Pasternak, Russian novelist, poet, and translator who is best known forContinue reading “February 10 Writer Birthdays”

Postcards From the World, Part 4

Here is my favorite of the recent postcards I’ve received from Postcrossers around the world. This one is from the Netherlands. For more information on Postcrossing, see my earlier posts on the subject: Postcards From the World, Part 3 Postcards From the World, Part 2 Postcards From the World The 5000 Club

February 9 Writer Birthdays

1737 – Thomas Paine, English-born American writer, essayist, opinion journalist, politician, philosopher, and political activist known for Enlightenment Era ideals; his pamphlet Common Sense and other writings helped inspire the American Revolution. 1783 – Vasily Zhukovsky, Russian poet, translator, linguist, and literary critic. 1863 – Anthony Hope, English author and playwright best known for hisContinue reading “February 9 Writer Birthdays”

February 8 Writer Birthdays

1819 – John Ruskin, English art critic of the Victorian Era, best remembered for his five-volume work, Modern Painters. 1828 – Jules Verne, French novelist, poet, playwright, and pioneer in the science-fiction genre, known for such classics as Journey to the Center of the Earth and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. 1850 – KateContinue reading “February 8 Writer Birthdays”

February 7 Writer Birthdays

1478 – Thomas More, English Renaissance writer and humanist who coined the term “utopia.” 1812 – Charles Dickens, English writer and social critic; one of the major novelists of the Victorian age, his works are still widely read today. 1837 – James Murray, Scottish lexicographer, philologist, and primary editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. 1867Continue reading “February 7 Writer Birthdays”

February 6 Writer Birthdays

1564 – Christopher Marlowe, English playwright, poet, translator, and (probably) government spy of the Elizabethan era; he is sometimes credited with authorship of plays attributed to Shakespeare, but most scholars refute this. 1753 – Évariste Desiré de Forges, vicomte de Parny, French poet who was extremely popular during his lifetime; Pushkin once called him, “MyContinue reading “February 6 Writer Birthdays”