May 14 Writer Birthdays

1553 – Margaret of Valois, French princess of the Valois dynasty who became queen consort of Navarre and later also of France and was a well-known writer and woman of letters; she was the first woman known to have written and published her memoirs. The daughter of King Henry II of France and Catherine de’Medici,Continue reading “May 14 Writer Birthdays”

May 13 Writer Birthdays

1840 – Alphonse Daudet, French novelist of the naturalist movement. 1907 – Daphne du Maurier (Lady Browning), English author and playwright whose stories have been described as “moody and resonant,” with overtones of the paranormal; much of her work was set in Cornwall. Her book Rebecca won the U.S. National Book Award, and has neverContinue reading “May 13 Writer Birthdays”

May 10 Writer Birthdays

1911 – Bel Kaufman, American teacher and author best known for her 1965 bestseller Up the Down Staircase. 1915 – Monica Dickens, English author who wrote both adult and children’s books and was the great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens. 1919 – T. Berry Brazleton, American pediatrician and author of parenting books. 1927 – Nayantara Sahgal, IndianContinue reading “May 10 Writer Birthdays”

May 9 Writer Birthdays

1860 – J.M. Barrie, Scottish novelist and playwright who is best remembered as the creator of Peter Pan. 1895 – Lucian Blaga, Romanian philosopher, poet, and playwright. 1897 – Rudolph Fisher, African-American novelist, short-story writer, and physician who wrote the first black American detective novel, The Conjure-Man Dies: A Mystery Tale of Dark Harlem. 1906Continue reading “May 9 Writer Birthdays”

May 8 Writer Birthdays

1753 – Phyllis Wheatley, American poet who was the first African-American woman to be published, she wrote poetry while a slave, with her owners’ encouragement; George Washington was a fan of her work. 1858 – J. Meade Falkner, English novelist, poet, and arms manufacturer executive. 1915 – Milton Meltzer, American author and historian, known forContinue reading “May 8 Writer Birthdays”

May 7 Writer Birthdays

1711 – David Hume, Scottish historian, economist, and essayist; a key figure in the history of Western philosophy and the Scottish Enlightenment. 1748 – Olympe de Gouges, (born Marie Gouze),French playwright, politician, journalist, philosopher, abolitionist, author, and women’s rights activist whose political writings reached a large audience who was executed by guillotine during the ReignContinue reading “May 7 Writer Birthdays”

May 6 Writer Birthdays

1856 – Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist and the founding father of psychoanalysis. 1868 – Gaston Leroux, French journalist and author of detective fiction, best known for the novel The Phantom of the Opera. 1885 – Yaeko Nogami (birth name Kotegawa Yae), Japanese writer, novelist, essayist, and translator. 1902 – Harry Lewis Golden, Jewish-American journalist andContinue reading “May 6 Writer Birthdays”

May 5 Writer Birthdays

1588 – Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher whose work Leviathan set the foundations of western political philosophy. 1813 – Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, and social critic widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. 1818 – Karl Marx, German philosopher, economist, historian, sociologist, political theorist, journalist, and socialist revolutionary who was the founder ofContinue reading “May 5 Writer Birthdays”

May 4 Writer Birthdays

1006 – Khwaja Abdullah Ansari, Persian Sufi poet known as the “Sage of Herat” for his oratory and poetic talents. 1825 – Thomas Henry Huxley, English biologist and essayist who advocated for evolutionary theory; he was the grandfather of biologist Julian Huxley and novelist Aldous Huxley. 1905 – Boris J. Kochanowsky, Russian-American memoirist. 1916 –Continue reading “May 4 Writer Birthdays”

May 3 Writer Birthdays

1469 – Niccolò Machiavelli, Italian historian, politician, philosopher, and writer who is widely considered the founder of modern political science and is best known for his handbook for unscrupulous politicians, The Prince. 1843 – Edward Dowden, Irish critic and poet. 1849 – Jacob Riis, Danish-born “muck-raking” journalist, photographer, and social reformer who shocked his readersContinue reading “May 3 Writer Birthdays”