Category Archives: Writer Birthdays

Happy birthday, Katherine Mansfield!

By | October 14, 2018

Katherine Mansfield was born on October 14, 1888. To celebrate the 130th anniversary of her birth, Todd Martin explores Mansfield’s relationship to the Bloomsbury Group and her place in literary modernism. In one of the reviews of the first edition of Katherine Mansfield and the Bloomsbury Group, the reviewer – commenting that the book was… Read More »

Happy birthday, H.D.!

By | September 10, 2018

H.D. was born on September 10, 1886. To honor the 132nd anniversary of her birth, Matte Robinson explores the mysteries of her poetry.  Back in the mid-aughts, my future wife and I drove the 555 miles to the Beinecke library at Yale. I was working on my dissertation and my supervisor’s scholarly edition of H.D.’s… Read More »

Happy birthday, H.P. Lovecraft!

By | August 20, 2018

H.P. Lovecraft was born on August 20, 1890. To celebrate the 128th anniversary of his birth, Stephen Shapiro and Philip Barnard reflect on the legacy of his often controversial works. Should one feel embarrassed about reading H.P. Lovecraft’s weird fiction? Or worse, enjoying it? Or even worse, writing commentary on it? After decades of being categorized… Read More »

Happy Birthday, Sarah Waters!

By | July 21, 2018

Guest post by Claire O’Callaghan  2018 is a special year for Sarah Waters as it marks twenty years since the publication of her debut novel, Tipping the Velvet. When it was released in 1998, the book was immediately recognized as a game changer; it was credited with inaugurating a racy new literary genre (‘the lesbo… Read More »

Happy birthday, Arthur Schnitzler!

By | May 15, 2018

Guest post by Marie Kolkenbrock Arthur Schnitzler was born on this day in 1862. Arguably the most central figure of Viennese Modernism, Schnitzler is known for his sharp analytical gaze on the Austrian society and its bourgeois norms and conventions. On his 60th birthday in 1922, thus precisely 96 years ago today, no other than… Read More »

Happy birthday, Vladimir Nabokov!

By | April 23, 2018

Although Vladimir Nabokov’s birth in 1899 on April 10 (‘Old Style’) translated to April 22 (‘New Style’) when Russia transitioned between the Julian and Gregorian calendars, the ‘New Style’ also dropped certain days. Hence, Nabokov’s first birthday was actually celebrated on April 23 (which meant getting to share his special day with Shakespeare rather than… Read More »

A Gift of Indigenous Living

By | March 5, 2018

Leslie Marmon Silko was born on March 5, 1948. To celebrate the 70th birthday of one of the most important and influential contemporary Native American writers, David L. Moore reflects on her role in bringing attention to Indigenous culture. Silko was one of the first modern literary voices to call attention to white shamanism, in “An Old-Time… Read More »

The Wallace Effect

By | February 21, 2018

David Foster Wallace was born on February 21, 1962. To honor the 56th anniversary of Wallace’s birth and to celebrate the incredible contributions he made to contemporary literature, Marshall Boswell shares the inspirations behind his book The Wallace Effect, forthcoming from the series David Foster Wallace Studies in February 2019. The first seeds of my forthcoming… Read More »

Belatedness: reading David Foster Wallace in 2018

By | February 20, 2018

David Foster Wallace was born on February 21, 1962. To honor the 56th anniversary of his birth and to celebrate the mark he made on contemporary culture, Clare Hayes-Brady explores why his works remain relevant today. This September will mark 10 years since David Foster Wallace’s death at the age of 46. He would have… Read More »

Thinking About David Foster Wallace, Misogyny and Scholarship

By | February 19, 2018

David Foster Wallace was born on February 21, 1962. To honor the 56th anniversary of his birth and to reflect on his legacy, David Hering discusses the current debates surrounding Wallace’s work.  It has now been a decade since the death of David Foster Wallace. In the last ten years, Wallace scholars and readers have… Read More »