March 22 Writer Birthdays

1712 – Edward Moore, English dramatist and poet. 1771 – Heinrich D. Zschokke, German/Swiss author and reformer. 1846 – Randolph Caldecott, British artist and illustrator; influential in children’s book art; the Caldecott Medal is named for him. 1901 – Gabrielle Roy, influential and critically acclaimed French-Canadian author. 1908 – Louis L’Amour, popular novelist of theContinue reading “March 22 Writer Birthdays”

March 21 Writer Birthdays

1893 – Geoffrey Dearmer, British poet whose works dealt with the brutality of war. 1902 – William Downie Forrest, Scottish journalist, editor, and war correspondent. 1905 – Phyllis McGinley, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author of children’s books and poetry. 1919 – Geoffrey Pinnington, British reporter and editor. 1928 – Peter Hacks, German playwright, author, and essayist.Continue reading “March 21 Writer Birthdays”

Update From the Land of Social Distancing

It’s the end of the first week of The End of Life as We Know It, as we all try to adjust to our new, Coronavirus-induced reality. Everything is weird and tense and depressing, but you already know that. Virginia does not yet have a statewide order to close businesses, but many have closed anyway;Continue reading “Update From the Land of Social Distancing”

March 20 Writer Birthdays

43 BC – Publius Ovidius Naso, known as Ovid, Ancient Roman poet best known for the Metamorphoses. 1828 – Henrik Willem Ibsen, Norwegian playwright and poet, considered the “Father of Realism.” 1845 – Lucy Myers Wright Mitchell, classical historian and archaeologist. 1904 – B.F. Skinner, influential American psychologist and author. 1907 – John Hugh MacLennan,Continue 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”

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, clergyman,Continue reading “March 17 Writer Birthdays”

March 16 Writer Birthdays

1751 – James Madison, author of the U.S. Constitution, co-author of the Federalist Papers, and fourth U.S. President. 1839 – René François Armand “Sully” Prudhomme, French poet and essayist; winner of the first Nobel Prize in Literature. 1884 – Eric P. Kelly, American journalist and Newbery Award-winning children’s author. 1885 – Emory Holloway, Pulitzer Prize-winningContinue reading “March 16 Writer Birthdays”

March 15 Writer Birthdays

1830 – Paul Heyse, Nobel Prize-winning German poet, dramatist, novelist, and short-story writer. 1849 – Tetcho Suehiro (born Yujiro Suehiro), Japanese politician, novelist, and journalist. 1867 – Lionel Pigot Johnson, English poet, essayist, and critic whose work influenced the Warhammer 40,000 fictional universe. 1871 – Charles Howard McIlwain, Pulitzer Prize-winning scholar and writer on AmericanContinue 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”