June 21 Writer Birthdays

1839 – Joaquim Maria Machado (often known as Machado de Assis, Machado, or Bruxo do Cosme Velho), Brazilian novelist, poet, playwright, short story writer, and advocate of monarchism; he is widely regarded as the greatest writer of Brazilian literature. 1850 – Daniel Carter Beard, American author and illustrator who was active in early scouting andContinue reading “June 21 Writer Birthdays”

June 20 Writer Birthdays

1743 – Anna Laetitia Barbauld, British poet, essayist, children’s book writer, and abolitionist; her work “Eighteen Hundred and Eleven,” a virulent attack in heroic couplets on the folly of continuing the war against France, predicted Britain’s decline and the United States’ eventual emergence as a superpower, and was widely criticized as unpatriotic; the outcry causedContinue reading “June 20 Writer Birthdays”

June 19 Writer Birthdays

1623 – Blaise Pascal, French child prodigy who grew up to be a writer, mathematician, physicist, inventor, and Catholic theologian; he made important contributions to the study of fluids, clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum, and wrote in defense of the scientific method. 1861 – Jose Rizal, journalist, fiction author, poet, and revolutionary whoContinue reading “June 19 Writer Birthdays”

June 17 Writer Birthdays

1797 – Alexandre Vinet, Swiss literary critic and theologian who advocated for religious freedom and the separation of church and state. 1867 – Henry Lawson, Australian poet and short-story writer. 1871 – James Weldon Johnson, American author, poet, educator, civil-rights activist, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, and NAACP leader. 1880 – Carl Van Vechten, American music andContinue reading “June 17 Writer Birthdays”

June 16 Writer Birthdays

1723 – Adam Smith, Scottish economist, author, and philosopher who is considered the Father of Economics; he is best known for his work The Wealth of Nations. 1880 – Alice Ann Bailey, English writer of books on theosophical and spiritual subjects who was one of the first writers to use the term New Age; sheContinue reading “June 16 Writer Birthdays”

June 15 Writer Birthdays

1763 – Kobayashi Issawas, Japanese poet and lay Buddhist priest who is regarded as one of Japan’s four haiku masters (The Great Four); he is better known by his pen name Issa, which means Cup of Tea. 1835 – Adah Isaacs Menken, American poet, essayist, and painter. and poet who was also the highest-earning actressContinue reading “June 15 Writer Birthdays”

June 14 Writer Birthdays

1811 – Harriet Beecher Stowe, American abolitionist and author, known for the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. 1899 – Yasunari Kawabata, Nobel Prize-winning Japanese novelist and short-story writer. 1904 – Margaret Bourke-White, American photographer, documentary photographer, and autobiographer. 1923 – Anne Judith Kerr, German-born British writer and illustrator of children’s picture books and teen novels. 1928Continue reading “June 14 Writer Birthdays”

June 13 Writer Birthdays

1752 – Frances Burney, English satirical novelist, playwright, and diarist, more commonly known as Fanny Burney. 1865 – William Butler Yeats, Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet who is one of the key figures of 20th century literature and a driving force behind the Irish Literature Revival; he is remembered for his “always inspired poetry, which inContinue reading “June 13 Writer Birthdays”

June 12 Writer Birthdays

1524 – Achilles Statius (or Aquiles Estaço), Portuguese humanist and writer who moved to Rome, where he was a secretary to the Pope. 1819 – Charles Kingsley, English minister, historian and novelist. 1827 – Johanna Spyri, Swiss author of children’s stories, best known for the classic book Heidi. 1892 – Djuna Barnes, American writer ofContinue reading “June 12 Writer Birthdays”

June 11 Writer Birthdays

1851 – Mary Augusta Ward (née Arnold), Australian-born British novelist who wrote as Mrs. Humphry Ward. 1877 – Renée Vivien (born Pauline Mary Tarn), British Symbolist poet who wrote in the French language. 1899 – Yasunari Kawabata, Nobel Prize-winning Japanese novelist, best known for Snow Country. 1910 – Jacques Cousteau, French oceanographer, filmmaker, author, andContinue reading “June 11 Writer Birthdays”