February 19 Writer Birthdays

1869 – Hovhannes Tumanyan, Armenian poet, writer, translator, literary critic, journalist, and public activist who is considered the national poet of Armenia; his work was mostly realistic, focusing on everyday life. 1896 – André Robert Breton, French writer, poet, and anti-fascist who was one of the founders of the Surrealist movement. 1902 – Kay Boyle,Continue reading “February 19 Writer Birthdays”

February 18 Writer Birthdays

1855 – Jean Jules Jusserand, Pulitzer Prize-winning French scholar of history and Medieval English literature, author, and Ambassador to the U.S. during World War I; Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., features a memorial to him. 1883 – Nikos Kazantzakis, Greek writer and philosopher, best known for his novel Zorba the Greek. 1909 – Wallace Stegner, Pulitzer Prize-winningContinue reading “February 18 Writer Birthdays”

February 17 Writer Birthdays

1836 – Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer (born Gustavo Adolfo Claudio Domínguez Bastida), Spanish Romanticist poet, short-story author, playwright, literary columnist, and artist; one of the most important figures in Spanish literature, he is considered the most-read Spanish writer after Cervantes. 1864 – Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson, Australian bush poet, journalist, and author who wrote many balladsContinue reading “February 17 Writer Birthdays”

February 16 Writer Birthdays

1927 – Luísa Dacosta (born Marie Louise Pinto Saraiva dos Santos), Portuguese short story writer, poet, and anthologist. 1927 – David Bryon Davis, American historian and authority on slavery and abolition in the Western world. 1927 – Shahidullah Kaiser, Bangladeshi novelist and writer. 1944 – Richard Ford, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, best known for hisContinue reading “February 16 Writer Birthdays”

February 15 Writer Birthdays

1564 – Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, mathematician, and writer who played a major role in the Renaissance’s scientific revolution; called the “father of observational astronomy,” the “father of modern physics,” and the “father of science,” he is known for confirming the phases of Venus, discovering the four largest satellites of Jupiter (theContinue reading “February 15 Writer Birthdays”

February 14 Writer Birthdays

1404 – Leon Battista Alberti, Italian Renaissance humanist author, playwright, poet, artist, architect, priest, linguist, philosopher, mathematician, musicologist, and cryptographer. 1818 – Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey) American writer, orator, memoirist, social reformer, abolitionist, women’s suffragist, and statesman who escaped from slavery to became a leader of the abolitionist movement; hedescribed his experiencesContinue reading “February 14 Writer Birthdays”

February 13 Writer Birthdays

1469 – Elia Levita (Hebrew: אליהו בן אשר הלוי אשכנזי) also known as Elijah Levita, Elias Levita, Élie Lévita, and Eliahu Bakhur or “Eliahu the Bachelor”), Bavarian-born Hebrew grammarian, scholar, and poet, best known as the author of the Bovo-Bukh, the most popular chivalric romance written in Yiddish. 1769 – Ivan Andreyevich Krylov (Russian: Ива́нContinue reading “February 13 Writer Birthdays”

February 12 Writer Birthdays

1809 – Charles Darwin, English naturalist, biologist, and geologist whose On the Origin of Species advanced the theory of natural selection and became the foundation for the science of evolution. 1828 – George Meredith, English novelist and poet who was nominated seven times for the Nobel Prize. 1893 – Fred Albert Shannon, Pulitzer Prize-winning AmericanContinue reading “February 12 Writer Birthdays”

February 11 Writer Birthdays

1783 – Jarena Lee – first female African-American autobiographer and first female African-American ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. 1802 – Lydia Maria Child, political-rights activist for the cause of women, slaves, and American Indians; also a novelist and poet; she is best known for the poem used as the lyrics to the song, “Over theContinue reading “February 11 Writer Birthdays”

February 10 Writer Birthdays

1775 – Charles Lamb, English essayist, poet, and historian, best known for Tales from Shakespeare, co-authored with his sister Mary Lamb. 1868 – William Allen White, American author, biographer, newspaper editor, and politician who was a leader of the Progressive movement. 1890 – Boris Pasternak, Russian novelist, poet, and translator who is best known forContinue reading “February 10 Writer Birthdays”