May 24 Writer Birthdays

1855 – Sir Arthur Wing Pinero, English playwright and actor who specialized in farces and drawing-room comedies but also wrote an opera libretto and “problem plays” that addressed “the double standard of morality, applied unequally to men and women.” 1878 – Lillian Moller Gilbreth, American psychologist, writer, industrial and mechanical engineer, teacher, inventor, and businessperson;Continue reading “May 24 Writer Birthdays”

May 23 Writer Birthdays

1707 – Carl Linnaeus, Swedish botanist, zoologist, and physician who formalized binomial nomenclature, the modern system of naming organisms, and is known as the “father of modern taxonomy.” 1810 – Margaret Fuller, American journalist, poet, social reformer, feminist, critic, and foreign correspondent for the New York Tribune; she died in 1850 in a boat fire.Continue reading “May 23 Writer Birthdays”

May 22 Writer Birthdays

1009 – Su Xun, Chinese Song dynasty poet and essayist. 1790 – Bianca Milesi, Italian writer, painter, and educator who studied the philosophy of the Enlightenment. 1808 – Gérard de Nerval, pen name of French writer, translator, essayist, and Romantic poet Gérard Labrunie. 1846 – Rita Cetina Gutiérrez, influential Mexican poet, writer, educator, and feministContinue reading “May 22 Writer Birthdays”

May 21 Writer Birthdays

1688 – Alexander Pope, English poet and translator best known for his use of satirical verse; he is considered one of the foremost poets of his time. 1901 – Suzanne Lilar, Flemish Belgian novelist, playwright, journalist, essayist, literary critic, philosopher, and lawyer who wrote in French. 1913 – Oloori Kofoworola “Kofo” Aina Ademola (Lady Ademola,Continue reading “May 21 Writer Birthdays”

May 20 Writer Birthdays

1799 – Honore de Balzac, French novelist and playwright who is considered one of the founders of European realism. 1830 – Hector Malot, French novelist, memoirist, literary critic, and theatre critic. 1882 – Sigrid Undset, Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian novelist, known for her powerful descriptions of Northern life during the Middle Ages. 1890 – Allan Nevins, American historian and biographer, winner of the 1933Continue reading “May 20 Writer Birthdays”

May 19 Writer Birthdays

1771 – Rahel Antonie Friederike Varnhagen, German author, essayist, and letter writer who hosted one of the most prominent salons in Europe during the late 18th and early 19th centuries; in addition to her own writings, she is the subject of a celebrated biography, Rahel Varnhagen: The Life of a Jewess, written by Hannah Arendt,Continue reading “May 19 Writer Birthdays”

May 18 Writer Birthdays

1048 – Omar Khayyám, Persian poet, philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician; known for his collection of poetry that translator Edward FitzGerald titled The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám. 1809 – Harriett Low Hillard, American writer and diarist who lived for several years in the Portuguese colony of Macau on the South China coast. She and her sicklyContinue reading “May 18 Writer Birthdays”

May 17 Writer Birthdays

1155 – Jien, Japanese historian, poet, and Buddhist monk. 1792 – Isabella Noel Byron (11th Baroness Wentworth and Baroness Byron née Milbanke), English writer, poet, memoirist, and mathematician who was married to Lord Byron; her memoirs were published after her death by writer Harriet Beecher Stowe. 1873 – Dorothy Miller Richardson, British novelist who wasContinue reading “May 17 Writer Birthdays”

May 16 Writer Birthdays

1718 – Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Italian writer, essayist, mathematician, theologian, philosopher, philanthropist, and humanitarian who was the first woman to write a mathematics handbook and the first woman appointed as a mathematics professor at a university. She wrote the first book discussing both differential and integral calculus, and also wrote extensively on the marriage betweenContinue reading “May 16 Writer Birthdays”

May 15 Writer Birthdays

1856 – L. Frank Baum, American author who created the classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. 1890 – Katherine Ann Porter, American novelist, essayist, short-story writer, and political activist who won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. 1891 – Mikhail Bulgakov, Ukrainian-born Russian writerContinue reading “May 15 Writer Birthdays”