July 8 Writer Birthdays

1621 – Jean de la Fontaine, French fabulist poet whose collections of fables and poems are still widely read and who also wrote books of stories whose sexual content led to them being were banned by French authorities; before his death he re-embraced Catholicism and publicly denounced his work, going so far as to burnContinue reading “July 8 Writer Birthdays”

July 7 Writer Birthdays

1851 – Lillien Jane Martin, a pioneer in the field of psychology, especially in her work with children and the elderly; she wrote 12 books, but her contributions were ignored in her own time because women were not accepted in her field. 1893 – Herbert Feis, Pulitzer Prize-winning American nonfiction author, professor, and economic advisor.Continue reading “July 7 Writer Birthdays”

July 6 Writer Birthdays

1859 – Carl Gustaf Verner von Heidenstam, Nobel Prize-winning Swedish poet and novelist. 1878 – Eino Leino, Finnish journalist and poet who is considered one of the pioneers of Finnish poetry. 1886 – Marc Bloch, influential Medieval historian and author who was killed by the Gestapo for being a leader in the French Resistance. 1890Continue reading “July 6 Writer Birthdays”

July 5 Writer Birthdays

1889 – Jean Cocteau, French poet, novelist, and playwright, best known for his films; Les Enfant terribles is his most famous novel. 1935 – John Gilmore, American author, journalist, and actor, best known for his true-crime work and detective mysteries. His big break came with a book about the unsolved Black Dahlia murders. 1935 –Continue reading “July 5 Writer Birthdays”

July 4 Writer Birthdays

1804 – Nathaniel Hawthorne, American novelist and short-story writer who is known for his classic books The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables, and Twice-Told Tales. 1883 – Rube Goldberg, American cartoonist, author, sculptor, engineer, and inventor, known for drawings of overly complex devices that came to be named after him. 1896 –Continue reading “July 4 Writer Birthdays”

July 3 Writer Birthdays

1860 – Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American sociologist, feminist, and writer of novels, short stories, poetry, and nonfiction; now remembered best for her semi-autobiographical short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”; she was a niece of author Harriet Beecher Stowe. 1876 – Ralph Barton Perry, Pulitzer Prize-winning American philosopher and biographer. 1883 – Franz Kafka, German author ofContinue reading “July 3 Writer Birthdays”

July 2 Writer Birthdays

1877 – Herman Hesse, Nobel Prize-winning German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter; he is best known for his books Steppenwolf and Siddhartha. 1919 – Jean Craighead George, journalist, White House press corps member, and Newbery Medal-winning American author of children’s and young-adult literature that focuses on nature and survival in the wilderness; best known for JulieContinue reading “July 2 Writer Birthdays”

July 1 Writer Birthdays

1633 – Johann Heinrich Heidegger, Swiss theologian, philosopher, and Hebrew professor who wrote in Latin, mainly against the Catholic church. 1646 – Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, German mathematician, philosopher, lawyer, geologist, physicist, historian, and logician, known for his Discourse on Metaphysics as well as his contributions to formal logic and the invention of calculus; he wasContinue reading “July 1 Writer Birthdays”

June 30 Writer Birthdays

1685 – John Gay, English playwright and poet best remembered for The Beggar’s Opera. 1798 – Alexander Dyce, Scottish scholar, clergyman, editor, biographer, and literary historian. 1888 – Wanda Dynowska (Umadevi), Polish theosophist, writer, translator, publisher, social activist who promoted intercultural exchanges between India and Poland and founded the Indian-Polish Library 1908 – Winston Graham,Continue reading “June 30 Writer Birthdays”

June 29 Writer Birthdays

1552 – Elizabeth Spencer (Baroness Hunsdon), English baroness, writer, poet, scholar, translator, and patron of the arts; Edmund Spenser used her as inspiration for his Muiopotmos and dedicated The Faerie Queene to her; her first husband was grandson of Mary Boleyn, elder sister of Anne Boleyn, mother of Queen Elizabeth I. 1824 – Yulia ValerianovnaContinue reading “June 29 Writer Birthdays”