January 18 Writer Birthdays

1779 – Peter Mark Roget, British thesaurus developer and physician. 1867 – Rubén Darío, born Félix Rubén Garcia-Sarmiento, Nicaraguan poet and short-story writer. 1882 – A.A. Milne, British playwright, screenwriter, humor writer, and children’s author, best known for his Winnie the Pooh books and other children’s poetry. 1886 – Clara Nordström, maiden name and pseudonymContinue reading “January 18 Writer Birthdays”

January 17 Writer Birthdays

1600 – Pedro Calderón de la Barca (full name Pedro Calderón de la Barca y Barreda González de Henao Ruiz de Blasco y Riaño), a dramatist, poet, and writer of the Spanish Golden Age who was also a soldier and a Roman Catholic priest. 1706 – Benjamin Franklin, American philosopher, writer, newspaper editor, printer, statesman,Continue reading “January 17 Writer Birthdays”

January 16 Writer Birthdays

Today is my teenage son’s birthday; he turns 19 today. It would be a bit of a stretch, but you could call him a published author. When he was 6, he entered a contest for Kids’ Letters to President Obama. He was one of the winners, and had his letter appear in the book ofContinue reading “January 16 Writer Birthdays”

January 15 Writer Birthdays

1622 – Molière (real name Jean-Baptiste Polian), French playwright who is considered one of the masters of comedy in Western literature. 1711 – Sidonia Hedwig Zäunemann (known as die Zäunemännin), German poet who became Poet Laureate of Göttingen at the age of 24. 1850 – Mihai Eminescu (born Mihail Eminovic), Romantic poet, novelist, editor, journalist,Continue reading “January 15 Writer Birthdays”

January 14 Writer Birthdays

1551 – Abu’l-Fazl ibn Mubarak, Indian-born writer, poet, historian, translator, politician, and Grand Vizier of the Mughal emperor Akbar; he is best remembered as the author of the Akbarnama, the official history of Akbar’s reign in three volumes, and for his Persian translation of the Bible. He was one of the “Nine Jewels” of Akbar’sContinue reading “January 14 Writer Birthdays”

January 13 Writer Birthdays

1674 – Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, French dramatist whose licentious plays portrayed the depravity of high Parisian culture. 1802 – Eduard von Bauernfeld, Viennese comedic playwright. 1832 – Horatio Alger Jr., American author known for his “rags-to-riches” children’s books about impoverished boys who improve their situations through courage, honesty, and hard work. 1853 – NicolinaContinue reading “January 13 Writer Birthdays”

January 12 Writer Birthdays

1492 – Andreas Alciato (known as Alciati), Italian author and jurist who founded the French school of legal humanists and was one of the first to interpret civil law by the history, languages and literature of antiquity, and to substitute original research for the servile interpretations of the legal establishment. 1628 – Charles Perrault, FrenchContinue reading “January 12 Writer Birthdays”

January 11 Writer Birthdays

1859 – John Tengo Jabavu, influential South African Xhosa writer, journalist, newspaper editor, politician, and political activist; his writing focused on the threat of growing Afrikaner nationalism and his demands for equal rights for South Africa’s black population; he was also a proponent of women’s rights and of public education. 1870 – Alice Hegan Rice,Continue reading “January 11 Writer Birthdays”

January 10 Writer Birthdays

1814 – Aubrey Thomas Hunt de Vere, Irish poet, critic, and essayist. 1835 – Fukuzawa Yukichi, Japanese author, writer, professor, translator, political scientist, entrepreneur, journalist, critic, politician, and reformer who founded Keio University and is considered one of the founders of modern Japan. 1860 – Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts, Canadian poet and prose writerContinue reading “January 10 Writer Birthdays”

January 9 Writer Birthdays

1728 – Thomas Warton, critic and poet who became British Poet Laureate. 1790 – Per Daniel Amadeus Atterbom, Swedish romantic poet. 1811 – Gilbert Abbott à Beckett, English writer and humorist whose family claimed descent from Thomas Becket. 1829 – Thomas William Robertson, English playwright. 1832 – Félix-Gabriel Marchand, Canadian journalist, author, and politician whoContinue reading “January 9 Writer Birthdays”