Writers in History (Part 4)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 2,942

  • 1803-01-15 Marjory Fleming, Scottish writer & poet, born in Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom (d. 1811)
  • 1803-04-07 Flora Tristan, French writer and social activist, born in Paris (d. 1844)
  • 1803-08-13 Vladimir Odoevsky, Russian philosopher & writer, born in Moscow (d. 1869)
  • 1803-11-14 Jacob Abbott, American writer (d. 1879)
  • 1804-05-05 Jacob Kats, Flemish writer (Earthly Paradise), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1886)
  • 1804-07-22 Victor Schoelcher, French writer (abolitionism), born in Paris (d. 1893)

Person of interestBenjamin Disraeli

1804-12-21 Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, British Prime Minister (Tory: 1868, 1874-80) and writer, born in London (d. 1881)

British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli
British Prime Minister
Benjamin Disraeli
  • 1804-12-23 Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve, French critic and writer (Informal Talk), born in Boulogne, France (d. 1869)
  • 1805-02-04 William H Ainsworth, English writer (Old St Paul's, Rookwood)
  • 1805-03-16 Peter Ernst von Lasaulx, German philosopher and writer (d. 1861)
  • 1805-07-29 Alexis de Tocqueville, French statesman/writer (Democracy in America)
  • 1805-09-02 Esteban Echeverría, Argentine writer (d. 1851)
  • 1805-09-06 Horatio Greenough, American neo-classical sculptor and writer (Form & Function), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1852)
  • 1806-01-20 Nathaniel Parker Willis, American writer, editor and founder of the American Monthly Magazine, born in Portland, Maine (d. 1867)
  • 1806-07-20 John Sterling, Scottish writer, born in Isle of Bute, United Kingdom (d. 1844)
  • 1807-05-24 Cornelis Eliza van Koetsveld, Dutch writer and preacher, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1893)
  • 1807-06-30 Friedrich Theodor Vischer, German philosopher and writer (Auch einer), born in Ludwigsburg, Germany (d. 1887)
  • 1807-07-22 Karolina Pawlowa, Russian writer (A Double Life), born in Yaroslavl, Russian Empire (d. 1893)
  • 1807-08-18 Charles Francis Adams Snr., American writer and diplomat, US Minister to the UK, son of President John Quincy Adams, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1886)
  • 1808-05-22 Gérard de Nerval [Gérard Labrunie], French writer, born in Paris (d. 1855)
  • 1808-06-17 Everhardus Johannes Potgieter, Dutch writer and publisher (The Guide), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1875)
  • 1808-11-02 Jules-Amédée Barbey d’Aurevilly, French writer and critic, born in Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte, France (d. 1889)
  • 1809-01-01 John Pieter Heije, Dutch physician/writer/poet (Silver Fleet)

Person of interestEdgar Allan Poe

1809-01-19 Edgar Allan Poe, American writer, poet and critic (The Pit and the Pendulum) considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre (Murders in the Rue Morgue), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1849)

  • 1809-03-31 Edward FitzGerald, England, writer (Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam)
  • 1809-07-08 Ljudwit Gaj, Croatian writer/poet (Pjesma iz Zagorja)
  • 1809-09-21 Sophia Hawthorne, American writer, painter and illustrator, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1871)
  • 1809-12-29 Albert Pike, US attorney, soldier, writer, and freemason (Brigadier-General in the Confederate Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1891)
  • 1810-03-27 Adolf Glassbrenner, German satirical writer, born in Berlin (d. 1876)
  • 1810-04-06 Philip Gosse, inventor of institutional aquarium, writer (Omphalos)
  • 1810-04-23 Thomas Wright, English antiquarian and writer, born in Ludlow, Shropshire, England (d. 1877)
  • 1810-06-17 Ferdinand Freiligrath, German poet and translator, born in Detmold, Principality of Lippe (d. 1876)
  • 1810-08-29 Juan Bautista Alberdi, Argentina political theorist and writer (Crime of War), born in San Miguel de Tucumán, Río de la Plata (d. 1884)
  • 1810-12-11 Alfred de Musset, French writer (Un Caprice, Bettine), born in Paris, France (d. 1857)
  • 1811-01-09 Gilbert Abbott à Beckett, English writer (d. 1856)
  • 1811-08-31 Théophile Gautier, French writer, historian and poet (Albertus, La Chanson de Roland, Émaux et camées), born in Tarbes, France (d. 1872)
  • 1812-01-15 Peter C Asbjornsen, Norwegian fairy tale writer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1885)
  • 1812-04-06 Aaron Bernstein, writer
  • 1812-04-06 Alexander Herzen, Russian writer (d. 1870)
  • 1812-05-23 Henri-François-Alphonse Esquiros, French poet and writer (Les Vierges Folles), born in Paris (d. 1876)
  • 1812-06-18 Ivan Goncharov, Russian novelist/travel writer (Oblomov)
  • 1813-02-11 Otto Ludwig, German writer and critic (d. 1865)
  • 1813-03-18 Friedrich Hebbel, writer
  • 1813-03-20 Matthias Keller, German hymn writer (O Farther un High), born in Ulm, Württemberg (d. 1875)
  • 1814-01-08 Johannes Kneppelhout, Dutch writer, born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1885)
  • 1814-01-10 Aubrey de Vere, Irish poet & critic (Victorian Observer), born in Toreen, Republic of Ireland (d. 1902)
  • 1814-08-28 Sheridan Le Fanu, Irish writer (The House by the Churchyard), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1873)
  • 1814-09-08 Charles-Étienne Brasseur de Bourbourg, French writer and historian, born in Bourbourg, France (d. 1874)
  • 1814-09-13 Nicolas Beets [Hildebrand], Dutch writer (Camera Obscura) and theologian, born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1903)
  • 1814-10-03 Mikhail Lermontov, Russian poet and writer (Demon & other poems), born in Moscow (d. 1841)
  • 1815-08-02 Adolf Friedrich von Schack, German poet, born in Brüsewitz, Germany (d. 1894)
  • 1815-08-29 Anna Ella Carroll, American politician and civil war writer (Reconstruction), born in Pocomoke City, Maryland (d. 1894)
  • 1815-10-17 Emanuel Geibel, writer
  • 1816-07-13 Gustav Freytag, writer
  • 1817-01-31 Antony Winkler Prins, Dutch writer (Groiler Encyclopaedia)
  • 1817-04-18 George Henry Lewes, English philosophical writer (Life of Goethe), born in London (d. 1878)
  • 1817-05-31 Georg Herwegh, German poet, born in Stuttgart (d. 1875)
  • 1817-06-26 Branwell Brontë [Patrick Branwell Brontë], English painter and writer and brother of the writers Charlotte, Emily and Anne, born in Thornton, West Yorkshire, England (d. 1848)
  • 1817-08-24 Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Russian novelist, poet and playwright (Prince Serebrenni), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1875)
  • 1817-09-05 Aleksei K. Tolstoi, Russian poet and writer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1875) [NS]
  • 1818-02-12 Otto Ludwig, German writer (Die Heiterethei)
  • 1818-09-13 Gustave Aimard, French world explorer and writer (Grande Flibuste), born in Paris (d. 1883)
  • 1818-10-22 Leconte de Lisle, French poet and writer, born in Saint-Paul, Réunion, France (d. 1894)
  • 1819-02-08 John Ruskin, writer/critic/artist/Gothic Revivalist (Prerafaelite)

Person of interestChristopher Latham Sholes

1819-02-14 Christopher Latham Sholes, American newspaper man, politician and inventor of the typewriter, born in Mooresburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1890)

Inventor of the QWERTY Keyboard Christopher Latham Sholes
Inventor of the QWERTY Keyboard
Christopher Latham Sholes
  • 1819-02-19 Mark Prager Lindo, English Dutch writer, born in London, England (d. 1877)
  • 1819-07-19 Gottfried Keller, German-Swiss poet and novelist, born in Zurich (d. 1890)
  • 1819-09-06 Nicolae Filimon, Romanian writer and critic (Ciocoii Vechi Si Noi), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1865)
  • 1819-12-30 Theodor Fontane, German writer (Effi Briest)
  • 1820-02-02 Hans E Schack, Danish politician/writer (Phantasterne)
  • 1820-03-02 Multatuli [Eduard Douwes Dekker], Dutch writer (Max Havelaar), born in Amsterdam (d. 1887)
  • 1820-06-14 John Bartlett, American writer and publisher (compiled Familiar Quotations), born in Plymouth, Massachusetts (d. 1905)
  • 1821-02-11 Hermann Allmers, writer
  • 1821-03-23 Aleksej F Pisemski, Russian writer (Clodhopper)
  • 1821-09-27 Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Swiss writer (Grains de Mil), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1881)
  • 1821-12-10 Nikolay Alekseyevich Nekrasov, Russian poet, writer and publisher (Russkije Zjenjshiny), born in Nemyriv, Russian Empire (d. 1877)
  • 1821-12-27 Jane Wilde, Irish poet, nationalist and mother of Oscar Wilde, born in Wexford (d. 1896)
  • 1822-02-08 Maxime Du Camp, French writer/traveler (Les Buveurs de Cendres)

Person of interestFrederick Law Olmsted

1822-04-26 Frederick Law Olmsted, American writer and landscape architect (designed Central Park), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1903)

Landscape Architect and Writer Frederick Law Olmsted
Landscape Architect and Writer
Frederick Law Olmsted
  • 1822-05-20 Emile Erckmann [E-Chatrian], French writer (Waterloo)
  • 1822-05-26 Edmond de Goncourt, French writer, wrote with his brother Jules de Goncourt, born in Nancy (d. 1896)
  • 1822-08-22 Virginia Clemm Poe, American wife of writer Edgar Allan Poe, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1847)
  • 1822-10-15 Alfred Meissner, Austrian poet (Ziska), born in Teplice, Czech Republic (d. 1885)
  • 1823-03-14 Théodore de Banville, French writer, born in Moulins, France (d. 1891)
  • 1823-06-30 Hendrik Jan Schimmel, Dutch writer and dramatist (2 Tudors), born in 's-Graveland, North Holland (d. 1906)
  • 1823-08-11 Charlotte Mary Yonge, England, writer (Heir of Redclyffe)
  • 1824-01-08 [William] Wilkie Collins, English writer (Woman in White), born in London (d. 1889)
  • 1824-12-24 Peter Cornelius, German composer and teacher (The Barber of Baghdad), born in Mainz, Germany (d. 1874)
  • 1825-01-11 Bayard Taylor, U.S. poet and writer (d. 1878
  • 1825-01-21 Imre Madách, Hungarian writer (d. 1864)
  • 1825-09-24 Frances Harper, African-American abolinist, suffragist and writer (Iola Leroy), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1911)
  • 1825-10-11 Conrad Ferdinand Meyer, Swiss writer, born in Zürich (d. 1898)
  • 1826-01-06 Herman Grimm, German writer & novelist (Ralph Waldo Emerson), born in Kassel, Hesse (d. 1901)
  • 1826-02-16 Joseph V von Scheffel, German writer (Gaudeamus)
  • 1826-04-20 Dinah Craik, English writer (John Halifax, Gentleman), born in Stoke-on-Trent (d. 1887)
  • 1826-07-10 Theodore Lajarte, French writer on music and composer, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1890)
  • 1826-08-06 Thomas Alexander Browne, Australian writer (Robbery Under Arms), born in London (d. 1915)
  • 1826-12-18 Charles-A Chatrian [Erckmann-C], French writer (L'ami Fritz)
  • 1827-09-05 Goffredo Mameli, Italian poet and writer, born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1849)
  • 1827-10-21 Petrus PM Alberdingk Thijm, Dutch historian/writer

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 301 - 400 of 2,621

  • 1814-06-15 Charles Palissot de Montenoy, French writer/politician, dies at 84
  • 1814-09-22 A W Iffland, writer, dies

Person of interestMarquis de Sade

1814-12-02 Marquis de Sade, French philosopher and writer (Justine), dies at 74. The words sadism and sadist are derived from his name.

Philosopher and Writer Marquis de Sade
Philosopher and Writer
Marquis de Sade
  • 1815-01-21 M Claudius, writer, dies at 74
  • 1816-08-09 Johann August Apel, German jurist and writer, dies at 44
  • 1817-10-16 Manuel C Piar, Curacaos/Venezulian freedom writer, dies
  • 1818-02-28 Adriaan Loosjes Pzn, Dutch publisher and writer (Moral Stories), dies at 56
  • 1819-03-10 Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi, writer, dies
  • 1819-06-26 Slome Duikelar [Abraham J Swalff], Yiddish writer, dies
  • 1821-02-26 Joseph de Maistre, Savoyard diplomat and writer (b. 1753)
  • 1822-04-03 Friedrich Bertuch, writer, dies
  • 1822-06-25 Ernst T Amadeus Hoffmann, German writer/judge/composer, dies at 46
  • 1824-02-08 Rhijnvis Feith, Dutch mayor/writer (Zwolle, Julia), dies at 71
  • 1824-05-26 Capel Lofft, English writer (b. 1751)
  • 1824-06-21 Étienne Aignan, French writer, dies at 51
  • 1825-02-24 Thomas Bowdler, British physician and writer (Family Shakespeare), dies at 70
  • 1825-03-09 Anna Laetitia Barbauld, English poet and writer of hymns (Life! I Know Not What Thou Art), dies at 81
  • 1825-04-10 Paul-Louis Courier, (Mere), French writer/interpreter, dies at 53
  • 1825-04-16 Henry Fuseli, Swiss-born painter and art writer (Tracks in the Snow), dies at 84
  • 1825-11-14 Jean Paul, writer, dies at 62
  • 1826-04-03 Reginald Heber, bishop & hymn writer, dies
  • 1826-06-03 Nikolai Mikhailovich Karamzin, Russian writer (b. 1766)
  • 1826-09-22 Johann Peter Hebel, German writer (Allemannische Gedichte), dies at 66
  • 1826-10-03 Jens I Baggesen, Danish writer/linguist (Labyrinth), dies
  • 1827-06-26 Christian A Vulpius, German writer (Ornaldo Ornaldini), dies
  • 1827-11-18 Wilhelm Hauff, German writer, dies at 24
  • 1828-03-08 Johann Anton Sulzer, Swiss writer and composer, dies at 75
  • 1830-01-17 W Waiblinger, writer, dies
  • 1830-03-21 Johann Rudolf Wyss, Swiss folkorist and writer (Swiss Family Robinson), dies at 48
  • 1830-12-08 H Benjamin Constant, French politician/writer, dies at 63
  • 1831-01-21 Achim v Arnim, writer, dies at 49

Person of interestJohann Wolfgang von Goethe

1832-03-22 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and social philosopher (Faust), dies at 82

Social Philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Social Philosopher
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • 1832-09-21 Walter Scott, Scottish historical novelist and poet (The Lady of the Lake, Ivanhoe), dies at 61
  • 1833-05-10 François Andrieux, French playwright, dies at 74
  • 1834-09-16 Antoine-Vincent Arnault, French writer (Guillaume the Nassau), dies
  • 1835-05-16 Felicia Dorothea Hemans, poet/hymn writer, dies
  • 1835-12-05 August von Platen, German poet, dies at 39
  • 1836-04-07 William Godwin, English political writer (b. 1756)
  • 1836-09-12 Grabbe, writer, dies at 34
  • 1837-02-10 Alexander Pushkin, Russian poet and writer (Eugene Onegin), killed in a duel at 37
  • 1837-02-12 Ludwig Borne [Loeb Baruch], German-Jewish writer, dies at 50
  • 1837-02-13 Mariano José de Larra, Spanish journalist and writer (b. 1809
  • 1837-06-14 Giacomo Leopardi, Italian poet and philosopher (The Poems of Leopardi), dies at 38
  • 1837-06-19 Aleksander Bestuzhev-Marlinsky, Russian author, dies in battle at 39
  • 1838-04-17 Johanna Schopenhauer, German writer and mother of Arthur Schopenhauer, dies at 71
  • 1838-05-12 Jędrzej Śniadecki, Polish writer, physician, chemist (creation of modern Polish terminology in the field of chemistry), dies at 69
  • 1838-08-21 Adelbert von Chamisso, French writer (Peter Schlemihl), dies at 57
  • 1839-04-11 John Galt, Scottish novelist (Annals of the Parish), dies at 59
  • 1840-08-25 Karl Leberecht Immermann, German writer, dies at 44
  • 1841-01-03 Wilhelmus Kist, writer/director of Dutch (Official) Gazette, dies at 82
  • 1841-04-29 Aloysius Bertrand, French poet and playwright, dies of tuberculois at 34
  • 1841-05-20 Joseph Blanco White, theological writert, dies
  • 1841-07-27 Mikhail Lermontov, Russian poet and writer (Demon & other poems), dies at 26
  • 1841-10-09 Karl Friedrich Schinkel, German architect, city planner and painter (Altes Museum, Neue Wache), dies at 60
  • 1842-04-07 Henrik Anker Bjerregaard, Norwegian writer and poet (Fjeldeventyret), dies at 50
  • 1842-07-28 Clemens Brentano, German poet and author (The Story of the Just Casper and Fair Annie), dies at 63
  • 1842-10-02 William Ellery Channing, cleric/writer, dies
  • 1842-12-07 Thomas Hamilton, Scottish writer (b. 1789)
  • 1843-03-21 Robert Southey, English writer (The Story of the Three Bears), Poet Laureate (1813-43) and biographer (Nelson), dies at 68
  • 1843-05-12 Charlotte von Kalb, German writer, dies at 81
  • 1844-05-02 William Beckford, British writer (Epsiodes of Vathek), dies at 83
  • 1844-09-27 Charles Nodier, French writer (History du chien the Brisquet), dies at 63
  • 1844-10-12 Claude Tillier, French journalist and writer (My Uncle Benjamin), dies at 43
  • 1844-11-14 Flora Tristan, French writer and social activist, dies at 41
  • 1845-05-02 August Pauly, German writer (Real Encyclopedia), dies at 48
  • 1845-05-15 Samuel I Wiselius, Dutch lawyer/businessman/writer, dies at 76
  • 1846-01-10 Étienne Pivert de Senancour, French writer (De l'Amour), dies at 75
  • 1846-02-09 Henry Gally Knight, architect/writer, dies
  • 1846-02-22 Nikoli A Poveloi, Russian writer/publisher, dies at 49 [OS]
  • 1846-03-06 Nikoli A Poveloi, Russian writer/publisher, dies at 49 [NS]
  • 1847-01-30 Virginia Clemm Poe, American wife of writer Edgar Allan Poe, dies of tuberculosis at 24
  • 1847-05-20 Mary Lamb, British writer (Tales from Shakespeare), dies at 82
  • 1848-03-26 Steen Steensen Blicher, Danish poet and short-story writer (E Binddstouw), dies at 65
  • 1848-05-25 Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, German writer (b. 1797)
  • 1848-05-31 Eugénie de Guérin, French writer (b. 1805)
  • 1848-06-27 Heinrich Zschokke, German Swiss writer, dies at 77
  • 1848-09-24 Branwell Brontë [Patrick Branwell Brontë], English painter and writer and brother of the writers Charlotte, Emily and Anne, dies at 31
  • 1849-09-03 Ernst Freiherr von Feuchtersleben, Austrian physician and philosopher, dies at 43

Person of interestEdgar Allan Poe

1849-10-07 Edgar Allan Poe, American writer, poet and critic (The Pit and the Pendulum) considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre (Murders in the Rue Morgue), dies in Baltimore at 40

  • 1850-01-27 J Gottfried Schadow, German sculptor/cartoonist/writer, dies at 85
  • 1850-08-18 Honoré de Balzac, French novelist (La Comédie Humaine), dies at 51
  • 1850-08-22 Nikolaus Lenau, Hungarian-German poet (Faust, Die Albigenser), dies at 48
  • 1850-11-04 Gustav Schwab, German writer, dies at 58
  • 1851-01-19 Esteban Echeverría, Argentine writer (b. 1805)
  • 1851-05-22 Mordecai Manuel Noah, American writer, journalist (b. 1755)
  • 1851-08-01 William Joseph Behr, German writer (b. 1775)
  • 1852-03-04 Nikolai Gogol [Nikolay], Ukrainian-born Russian novelist, humorist, and dramatist (Dead Souls, The Inspector-General), dies at 43
  • 1852-04-02 Theodor Althaus, writer, dies
  • 1852-05-12 John Richardson, Canadian writer (War of 1812), dies at 55
  • 1852-10-22 Hans Christoph Ernst von Gagern, German political writer and advisor to Dutch king, dies at 86
  • 1853-04-28 Ludwig Tieck, German writer, dies at 79
  • 1854-02-17 Hugues Felicité Robert de Lamennais, French Catholic priest and writer (L'avenir), dies at 71
  • 1854-04-15 Arthur Aikin, English scientist & writer (b. 1773)
  • 1854-10-22 Jeremias Gotthelf [Albert Bitzius], Swiss writer (The Black Spider), dies at 57
  • 1854-12-09 Almeida Garrett, Portuguese writer (b. 1799)
  • 1855-01-25 Dorothy Wordsworth, English poet, diarist and sister of William Wordsworth, dies at 83
  • 1855-01-26 Gérard de Nerval, French writer (b. 1808)
  • 1855-05-27 Nikolaj Bestuzhev, Russian Navy officer, writer and painter (Decembrist revolt), dies at 64
  • 1856-08-29 Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck, British Christian writer, dies at 77
  • 1856-08-30 Gilbert Abbott à Beckett, English writer (b. 1811)