January 2 Writer Birthdays

1814 – Luise Mühlbach, pen name of Clara Mundt, German writer best known for her popular works of historical fiction. 1828 – Elizabeth Rundle Charles, prolific English writer of poems, stories, biography, and religious books, and translator of hymns. 1873 – Saint Thérèse of Lisieux – French Roman Catholic nun best known for her TheContinue reading “January 2 Writer Birthdays”

January 1 Writer Birthdays

1768 – Maria Edgeworth, prolific Irish writer of adults’ and children’s literature; she was a pioneer in realistic writing for children and an influential figure in the evolution of the novel. 1839 – Ouida, pseudonym of prolific English novelist Maria Louise Ramé. 1854 – Sir James George Frazer, Scottish social anthropologist who studied mythology andContinue reading “January 1 Writer Birthdays”

December 31 Writer Birthdays

1514 – Andreas Vesalius, physician and author of one of the most influential books on human anatomy; considered the founder of modern anatomy. 1779 – Horace Smith, English poet and novelist who once competed against Percy Shelley in a sonnet-writing contest. 1829 – Alexander Smith, Scottish poet of the Spasmodic school who also wrote essays,Continue reading “December 31 Writer Birthdays”

December 30 Writer Birthdays

1865 – Rudyard Kipling, Nobel Prize-winning English author best known for his tales of India. 1897 – Alfredo Bracchi, Italian lyricist and scriptwriter.. 1910 – Paul Bowles, American expatriate composer and author. 1922 – Jane Langton, American children’s writer, whose book The Fledgling was a Newbery Honor book. 1923 – Sara Lidman, one of theContinue reading “December 30 Writer Birthdays”

December 29 Writer Birthdays

1792 – Sir Archibald Alison, Scottish author who wrote the first scholarly English-language study of the French Revolution. 1843 – Elisabeth of Wied, Queen Consort of Romania, who under the pen name Carmen Sylva wrote many poems, plays, novels, short stories, and essays in German, Romanian, French, and English. 1915 – Charles Leonard Harness, scienceContinue reading “December 29 Writer Birthdays”

December 28 Writer Birthdays

1789 – Catharine Maria Sedgwick, American novelist, short-story writer, and activist for religious freedom. 1872 – Pío Baroja y Nessi, Spanish Basque writer, one of the key novelists of the Generation of ’98. 1895 – Carol Ryrie Brink, Newbery Medal-winning American author of children’s and adult fiction, best known for her novel, Caddie Woodlawn, basedContinue reading “December 28 Writer Birthdays”

December 27 Writer Birthdays

1796 – Mirza Ghalib, the preeminent Urdu-Persian poet during the last years of the Mughal Empire; he used pen names Ghalib and Asad. 1821 – Lady Jane Francesca Agnes Wilde (born Jane Francesca Elgee), Irish poet who wrote under the pen name “Speranza,” and a supporter of the nationalist movement; she had a special interestContinue reading “December 27 Writer Birthdays”

December 26 Writer Birthdays

1716 – Thomas Gray, English poet. 1819 – E.D.E.N. Southworth (Emily Dorothy Eliza Nevitte), American novelist and short-story writer; friend of writer and reformer Harriet Beecher Stowe. 1820 – Dionysius Lardner Boursiquot, Irish actor and playwright, best known for his melodramas. 1862 – Alexander V. Amfiteatrov, Russian writer and historian. 1888 – Hiroshi “Can” KikuchiContinue reading “December 26 Writer Birthdays”

December 23 Writer Birthdays

1597 – Martin Opitz, considered the father of German poetry. 1828 – Mathilde Wesendonck, German writer and poet; possibly mistress to composer Richard Wagner. 1858 – Vladimir Nemirovitch-Dantshenko, Russian playwright and novelist who co-founded the Moscow Art Theatre. 1860 – Harriet Monroe, poet and literary critic who founded Poetry magazine. 1862 – Henri Pirenne, BelgianContinue reading “December 23 Writer Birthdays”

December 22 Writer Birthdays

1823 – Jean-Henri Casimir Fabre, French entomologist and author. 1869 – Edwin Arlington Robinson, American poet who won three Pulitzer Prizes for his work. 1905 – Kenneth Rexroth, American poet and Beat influencer (though he disliked the label) who was a central figure in the San Francisco Renaissance. 1935 – Tomás Rivera, Chicano author, poet,Continue reading “December 22 Writer Birthdays”