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”

June 28 Writer Birthdays

1712 – Jean-Jacques Rousseau, influential Swiss philosopher, political theorist, writer, and composer known for many wide-ranging works, much of which explore the challenges of preserving human freedom in a world where people are increasingly dependent on one another. 1736 – Gottlieb Konrad Pfeffel, French-German writer, poet, playwright, and translator, whose texts were put to musicContinue reading “June 28 Writer Birthdays”

June 27 Writer Birthdays

1838 – Bonkim Chondra Chattopadhyay (also known as Bankim Chandra Chatterjee), Indian writer, novelist, poet, editor, and journalist, best known for Vande Mataram, the Sanskrit poem that became the lyrics of India’s national anthem. 1850 – Lafcadio Hearn, Greek/Irish/Japanese writer best known for his books about Japan, where he was known as Koizumi Yakumo, andContinue reading “June 27 Writer Birthdays”

June 26 Writer Birthdays

1786 – Phra Sunthonwohan (known as Sunthorn Phu), Thailand’s best-known royal poet; his epic poetry is still popular today. 1791 – John Mactaggart, Scottish encyclopedia writer, poet, and civil engineer. 1859 – Alice Werner, Italian-born German writer, poet, teacher, and translator of the Bantu language. 1881 – Ya’akov Cohen, Israeli poet, playwright, and translator. 1882Continue reading “June 26 Writer Birthdays”

June 25 Writer Birthdays

0836 – Ibn al-Rumi, popular poet of Baghdad in the Abbasid-era. 1728 – Ali Gohar (historically known as Shah Alam II), Mughal emperor who wrote poetry under the pen name Aftab and who authored Ajaib-ul-Qasas, considered one of the earliest and the most prominent book of prose in Urdu. 1828 – Friederike Kempner, German-Polish-Jewish poet,Continue reading “June 25 Writer Birthdays”

June 24 Writer Birthdays

1542 – John of the Cross, Spanish monk, mystical philosopher, poet, and saint. 1790 – Helena Sophia Ekblom, Swedish religious writer and preacher also known as Predikare-Lena (Preacher-Lena) and Vita jungfrun (The White Maiden); after spending time in a mental institution, she wrote a book of the religious revelations she had there. 1801 – CarolineContinue reading “June 24 Writer Birthdays”