Tagged author birthdays

Happy Birthday, Hans Christian Andersen!

Hans Christian Andersen was born on April 2, 1805. Sure, he died in 1874, but let's focus on the positive. If HC were still alive today, he'd still be marching to the beat of his own drum. It's something he did…

Happy Birthday to You, Charles Dickens!

Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens! The celebrated author was born February 7, 1812 in Landport near the city of Portsmouth, England. Dickens professional writing career began in the early 1830s and continued for nearly four…

Problematic Favorites | Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House on the Prairie Series

It’s Laura Ingalls Wilder's Birthday today, February 7, and like many people born in the 1970s and who grew up in the 1980s, I read (and by read, I mean devoured) the Little House on the Prairie book series. I know it's…

Happy Birthday, Benjamin Franklin!

Happy birthday, Benjamin Franklin —times two! Our favorite founding father actually had two birthdays: he was born in Boston on January 6, 1706, and then his birthday jumped to January 16, in 1752, when Great Britain switched from…

There's Something About Jane

December 16 will be Jane Austen’s 243rd birthday. I’ve always been an avid reader. My love of literature filtered its way into my studies. English was usually my favorite class in middle school and high school—it even…

Pondering Madeleine L’Engle’s Legacy and Works on Her 100th Birthday

Today marks 100 years since the birth of children's and young adult author Madeleine L'Engle , and some of our resident book lovers are pondering her legacy – and her best-known book, A Wrinkle In Time – to…

Break Out Your Garlic Necklaces and Wooden Stakes for Bram Stoker's Bday!

by Michelle Sheffer Today marks Irish writer Bram Stoker ’s 171st birthday. Author of Dracula —the inspiration for many a nightmare and pop-culture meme over the past two centuries—Stoker compiled and wrote his iconic…

The Literary Birthday Party That Wasn’t

Let’s set the stage: It’s the mid-1920s. Paris, maybe. There’s some highbrow literary chit chat, a bit of the usual expat gossip, and plenty (and I mean plenty) of champagne. And lighting up the whole shindig are some…

Wishing a Doubleplusgood Birthday to George Orwell

George Orwell , who was born on this day 115 years ago, entered the world as Eric Arthur Blair. It is fitting that this legend of dystopian literature—which essentially puts a mask on ills within our current society—also…

YAWP! Happy 199th birthday, Walt Whitman

At the end of the film Dead Poets Society , the students who loved their professor, Mr. Keating (played by Robin Williams ), stand up on their desks and proclaim, "O Captain, My Captain" as a sign of allegiance and respect.…

The Fiery and Dramatic Heart of Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre was my first favorite book. And that makes Charlotte Brontë —whose 202nd birthday we celebrate tomorrow—my first favorite author. I met Charlotte and Jane when I was in fifth grade, home sick, and totally…

Happy Birthday, James Joyce … and Ulysses!

Nearly 100 years ago today, on February 2, 1922, bookstore-maven-cum-publisher Sylvia Beach stood anxiously waiting on the platform at the Gare de Lyon train station in Paris for the arrival of some very precious cargo on its way from…

Friday Five: Edgar Allan Poe-inspired Films

209 years ago today, one of the most peculiar poets and apparitional authors to ever hold a pen was born: Edgar Allan Poe . His macabre and gothic tales have fascinated and entertained readers for years, so it's no surprise that his…

Mary Shelley's Indestructible Heart

As the opening date for  Frankenstein & Dracula  approaches, we've been revisiting some of the strange ( and occasionally salacious ) stories from the lives of the Romantic authors whose dark and imaginative stories…