January 12 Writer Birthdays

1628 – Charles Perrault, French author and member of the Académie française who collected pre-existing folk tales to lay the foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale. 1874 – Laura Adams Armer, Newbery Medal-winning American artist, author, and photographer. 1876 – Jack London, American journalist, activist, and author of adventure fiction, best knownContinue reading “January 12 Writer Birthdays”

January 11 Writer Birthdays

1870 – Alice Hegan Rice, also known as Alice Caldwell Hegan, bestselling American novelist. 1887 – Aldo Leopold, American author, ecologist, philosopher, and environmentalist, best known for his bestselling book A Sand County Almanac. 1897 – Bernard DeVoto, Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian and author who specialized in the American West. 1903 – Alan Paton, SouthContinue reading “January 11 Writer Birthdays”

January 10 Writer Birthdays

1860 – Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts, Canadian poet and prose writer who is known as the Father of Canadian Poetry and also published works on Canadian exploration and natural history; one of the first Canadian authors to be recognized worldwide, he was also a tireless promoter of Canadian literature. 1883 – Aleksey Nikolayevich TolstoyContinue 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, journalist, author, and politician who wasContinue reading “January 9 Writer Birthdays”

January 8 Writer Birthdays

1589 – Ivan (Dživo) Franov Gundulić (nickname Mačica), the most celebrated Croatian Baroque poet from the Republic of Ragusa (now southern Croatia). 1601 – Baltasar Gracián y Morales, Spanish Jesuit and baroque prose writer whose proto-existentialist writings were lauded by Nietzsche and Schopenhauer. 1824 – Wilkie Collins, Victorian-era English novelist and lifelong friend of CharlesContinue reading “January 8 Writer Birthdays”

January 7 Writer Birthdays

1873 – Charles Péguy, important French poet, essayist, and editor. 1891 – Zora Neale Hurston, American author, anthropologist, and filmmaker of the Harlem Renaissance, best known for her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. 1914 – Dorothy Lavinia Brown (also known as “Dr. D.”), African-American surgeon, legislator, and educator who wrote essays, an autobiography, andContinue reading “January 7 Writer Birthdays”

January 6 Writer Birthdays

1256 – Gertrude the Great (or Gertrude of Helfta), German Benedictine nun, mystic, and theologian who wrote numerous works grounded in the themes and rites of Catholic Liturgy; she is recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church. 1878 – Carl Sandburg, three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet, author, biographer, journalist, and editor, best known forContinue reading “January 6 Writer Birthdays”

January 5 Writer Birthdays

1846 – Rudolf Christoph Eucken, Nobel Prize-winning German philosopher. 1902 – Stella Gibbons, English novelist best known for her debut work, Cold Comfort Farm. 1926 – W.D. Snodgrass, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet who is considered one of the founders of the “confessional” movement in American poetry, though he objected to the name; he sometimes usedContinue reading “January 5 Writer Birthdays”

January 4 Writer Birthdays

1746 – Benjamin Rush, physician, writer, educator, and humanitarian who founded Dickinson College and was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. 1785 – Jacob Grimm, German mythologist, who, along with his brother Wilhelm, was one of the authors of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. 1900 – James Bond, American ornithologist and author of Birds of theContinue reading “January 4 Writer Birthdays”

January 3 Writer Birthdays

1698 – Pietro Antonio Domenico Trapassi, better known by his pseudonym, Metastasio, Italian poet and librettist, considered the most important writer of opera seria libretti. 1886 – John Gould Fletcher, American Imagist poet; first Southern poet to win the Pulitzer Prize. 1892 – J.R.R. Tolkien, English philologist popularly known as the father of modern fantasy.Continue reading “January 3 Writer Birthdays”