March 1 Writer Birthdays

1837 – William Dean Howells, American author and literary critic; creator of the novel The Rise of Silas Lapham. 1880 – Lytton Strachey, British author and critic, most known for his biographies and for his association with Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group of English writers, artists, and philosophers. 1892 – Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, Japanese writerContinue reading “March 1 Writer Birthdays”

Book Review: Outlander

When I first read this book, years ago, I loved it. It’s filled with interesting, complex characters and raw, sometimes gut-wrenching emotion. OK, it may be a bit “trashy” at times, but it’s a fun read. The 18th-century Scottish (and French) setting is fascinating and feels authentic. Many of the plot twists turn normal genreContinue reading “Book Review: Outlander”

February 29 Writer Birthdays

1848 – Adele Zay, Romanian/Hungarian writer, teacher, pedagogue, school administrator, and women’s rights activist. 1908 – Dee Brown, American novelist and historian whose most famous work is Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. 1920 – Howard Nemerov, Pulitzer Prize-winning and National Book Award-winning American poet, novelist, and critic who was U.S. Poet Laureate twice. 1936Continue reading “February 29 Writer Birthdays”

February 28 Writer Birthdays

1533 – Michel de Montaigne, influential French Renaissance writer and philosopher who popularized the essay as a literary genre. 1814 – William Henry Giles Kingston, British writer of historical novels and travel books, who was best known for his popular tales for boys; often known as “W.H.G.” Kingston. 1824 – Karl-Maria Kertbeny (also called KárolyContinue reading “February 28 Writer Birthdays”

February 27 Writer Birthdays

1807 – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet, author, educator, and translator; one of the Fireside Poets, he is best known for “Paul Revere’s Ride” and “The Song of Hiawatha.” 1814 – Maria Susanna Kübler, Swiss writer, teacher, and translator who is remembered for her housekeeping guides and cookbooks. 1837 – Francesca Alexander, Tuscan-based American expatriateContinue reading “February 27 Writer Birthdays”

February 26 Writer Birthdays

1722 – Mary Leapor, English poet of the working class. 1802 – Victor Hugo, French poet, novelist, and playwright of the Romantic movement, best known internationally for his novels Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. 1808 – Elise Averdieck, German writer, nurse, social activist, and deaconess. 1818 – Katharina Prato, (Katharina Pratobevera, née Polt),Continue reading “February 26 Writer Birthdays”

February 25 Writer Birthdays

1814 – Taras Shevchenko, Ukrainian poet, playwright, painter, anthropologist, and ethnographer. 1866 – Benedetto Croce, Italian writer, philosopher, politician, art historian, and literary critic. 1900 – Marina Yurlova, Russian child soldier and author who fought in World War I and later in the Russian Civil War; wounded several times, she won the Cross of SaintContinue reading “February 25 Writer Birthdays”

February 24 Writer Birthdays

1304 – Ibn Battuta, Moroccan-born Muslim Berber writer, scholar, geographer, cartographer, merchant, and explorer who widely traveled the medieval world; his account of his journeys was called, A Gift to Those Who Contemplate the Wonders of Cities and the Marvels of Traveling. 1786 – Wilhelm Carl Grimm, German author, folklorist, librarian, and literary historian whoContinue reading “February 24 Writer Birthdays”

February 23 Writer Birthdays

1633 – Samuel Pepys, English diarist and member of Parliament; the detailed diary he kept during the 1660s was first published in the 19th century and is one of the most important historical sources on the English Restoration period, including eyewitness accounts of such events as the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London.Continue reading “February 23 Writer Birthdays”

February 22 Writer Birthdays

1804 – William Whipper, American anti-slavery activist and essayist. 1819 – James Russell Lowell, American poet, social critic, journalist, essayist, and abolitionist. 1876 – Zitkála-Šá (Lakota: Red Bird, or Cardinal, and also known as Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, her missionary-given and later married name), Yankton Dakota Sioux writer, editor, translator, violinist, educator, and political activist; sheContinue reading “February 22 Writer Birthdays”