About ten years ago, while pretending to get computerized, I started collecting literary birthdays and publication dates for my stepdaughter, who was teaching high school English at the time. Cutting and pasting, editing and adding dates and so on, were supposed to help me learn word processing. Obviously, that is still a work in progress. And so is the calendar, which I’ve kept nibbling at all this time, though I’m not entirely sure why — as an obsessive way to avoid real work, perhaps. Along the way, I’ve also incorporated birthdays and such for songwriters and scientists, and bits of poems, proverbs, song lyrics, and quotes in some way associated with a certain month or season, at least in my mind. Someday, I may learn to upload relevant portraits and illustrations. Someday, proper layout and formatting, with quotes and poems nicely indented, authors’ names highlighted, days of the month in a larger font, and other glitzy features may even happen. A fully searchable data base for all this stuff would be great too, but I’m not holding my breath. I’m having fun adding Youtube videos though, with some good ones here if the links keep working. In fairness to readers I should wait until this is more presentable before posting it, but realistically I may never live that long! Ready or not, here’s what I’ve got.
– LLF, 26 December, 2011
– Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey) Maryland-born abolitionist;memoir Narrative of the Life of an American Slave (1845) 1818-1895
– Francis [James] Child Boston-born Harvard professor, musicologist; 5-volume British folk song collection, Child Ballads (1882-1898) 1825-1896
– “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” by Julia Ward Howe is first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862.
– Hugo von Hofmannsthal Austrian poet, dramatist, essayist; plays Elektra (1903), Der Rosenkavalier (1911), best known as texts for Richard Strauss operas 1874-1929
– The first fascicle, or section, of the gargantuan Oxford English Dictionary [OED] is published in 1884.
– Denise Robbins London-born romantic novelist 1897-1985
– [James Mercer] Langston Hughes Missouri born Harlem Renaissance poet, translator; 1960 Spingarn Medal, “A Dream Deferred”, Weary Blues (1926) 1902-1967
– S. J. [Sidney Joseph] Perelman Brooklyn-born humourist, screenwriter, New Yorker columnist 1904-1979
– Muriel Spark Scottish novelist; The Prime of Miss Jean Brody (1961) 1918-2006
– Galway Kinnell Rhode Island-born poet, 1983 Pulitzer 1927-
– Reynolds Price North Carolina-born novelist; Kate Vaiden 1933-
– Don [Isaac Donald] Everly Kentucky-born rockabilly guitarist, singer, songwriter, half the Everly Brothers duo; “Till I Kissed You” 1937-
Of Candlemas beware, old man,
February, cold and clear …
– Steve Ashley
– Hannah Moore English popular novelist 1745-1833
– Hamid Abdulhak Turkish romantic poet, playwright 1852-1937
– Joseph Seamon Cotter, Sr. Kentucky-born poet, dramatist, short story writer; Caleb, the Degenerate (1901) 1861-1949
– Samuel Langhorne Clemens decides to use “Mark Twain” as his pen name in 1863.
– Christian Gauss Michigan-born educator, literary critic, Princeton dean 1878-1951
– James [Augustine Aloysius] Joyce Irish novelist, poet, stream-of-consciousness pioneer; A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1914), Ulysses (1922) [banned in the US until 1933], Finnegan’s Wake (1939) 1882-1941
– Ayn Rand (born Alissa Rosenbaum) Russian-born US philosopher [glorifying selfishness and greed], novelist; The Fountainhead (1949) 1905-1982
– Bernardas Brazdzionis Lithuanian poet, editor, critic 1907-2002
– Burton Lane New York City-born composer, Broadway lyricist; On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1966) 1912-1997
– James [Lafayette] Dickey Atlanta-born poet, novelist; Deliverance (1970) 1923-1997
– Judith Viorst New Jersey-born poet, children’s author 1931-
– Graham [William] Nash English musician, singer, songwriter member of the Hollies, Crosby Stills and Nash 1942-
– Horace Greeley New Hampshire-born editor, founder of the New York Tribune 1811-1872
– Sidney Lanier Georgia-born musician, poet, critic 1842-1881
– Walter Bagehot English economist, journalist; edited The Economist (1860-1877) 1826-1877
– Gertrude Stein Pittsburgh-born expatriate, avant-garde writer 1874-1946
– Clarence E. Mulford Illinois-born Western writer; Hopalong Cassidy novels 1883-1956
– James A. [Albert] Michener New York City-born writer; Pulitzer for Tales of the South Pacific (1947), Chesapeake (1978) 1907-1997
– Simone Weil French essayist, philosopher, Resistance fighter 1909-1943
– This is “the day the music died” – when seminal rock singer and songwriter Buddy Holly dies in a plane crash in 1959.
– Pierre De Marivaux French novelist, dramatist1688-1763
– George Lillo English dramatist 1693-1739
– James Fennimore Cooper’s novel The Last of the Mohicans is published in 1826.
– Jacques Prévert French poet, screenwriter; “Les enfants qui s’aiment” 1900-1977
– MacKinlay Kantor Iowa-born writer; Pulitzer for Andersonville (1955) 1904-1977
– [Mattheus] Uys Krige South African playwright, novelist 1910-1987
– Betty [Naomi] Friedan Illinois-born feminist writer; The Feminine Mystique (1963), chief founder National Organization for Women (1966) 1921-2006
– Robert [Lowell] Coover Iowa-born academic, novelist; The Public Burning (1977) 1932-
– Marie Sevigne French aristocrat, known for her letters 1626-1696
– Johan Ludvig Runeberg Finnish Swedish-language poet 1804-1877
– Joris Karl Huysmans (born Charles Marie Georges Huysmans) French novelist; A Rebours – translated as Against the Grain (1884) 1848-1907
– English historian Thomas Carlyle dies in 1881.
– William S. [Seward] Burroughs St. Louis-born experimental novelist; Naked Lunch (1959) 1914-1997
– Andrew Greeley Illinois-born Catholic priest, novelist, religious writer 1928-2013
– Elizabeth Swados Buffalo-born composer, playwright; Runaways (1978) 1951-
– Poet Marianne Moore dies in 1972.
The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism but February.
– Joseph Wood Krutch
– Christopher Marlowe English poet, dramatist; Dr. Faustus (1601) 1564-1593 [killed in a tavern brawl]
– Ugo Foscolo Italian revolutionary, poet, playwright 1778-1827
– Károly Kisfaludy Hungarian romantic poet, artist 1788-1830
– Melvin B. [Beaunorus] Tolson Missouri-born poet, journalist, dramatist; once Poet Laureate of Liberia 1898-1966
– Louis Nizer British-born US lawyer, author; defended many blacklisted as Communists 1902-1994
– John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men is published in New York in 1937.
– Bob Marley Jamaican reggae musician, singer, songwriter, patron saint; “One Love” 1945-1981
– Michael Pollan Long Island-born journalist, activist, food writer; The Botany of Desire (2001), The Omnivore’s Dilemma (2006) 1955-
– Ann Radcliffe London-born Gothic novelist; The Mysteries of Udolpho 1764-1823
– Frederik Paludan-Müller Danish romantic poet 1809-1876
– Charles [John Huffam] Dickens English novelist, short story writer; Oliver Twist (1839), David Copperfield (1850), A Tale of Two Cities (1859) 1812-1870
– James A. [Augustus Henry] Murray Scottish lexicographer; creator of Oxford English Dictionary 1837-1915
– Laura Ingalls Wilder Wisconsin-born children’s writer; Little House on the Prairie series 1867-1957
– [Harry] Sinclair Lewis Minnesota-born novelist, social critic; 1930 Nobel; Main Street (1920), Babbit (1922), Arrowsmith (1925), Elmer Gantry (1927) 1885-1951
– Milton Krims New York City-born screenwriter for films, television; Outer Limits, Perry Mason 1904-1988
– Gay Talese New Jersey-born journalist, novelist; The Kingdom and the Power (1969) 1932-
– Robert Burton (aka Democritus Junior) English scholar, clergyman, writer; The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621) 1577-1640
– John Ruskin British writer, art critic 1819-1900
– William Tecumseh Sherman Ohio-born Civil War general, memoirist 1820-1891
– Jules [Gabriel] Verne French science fiction pioneer; 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1870), Around the World in 80 Days (1874) 1828-1905
– Edgar Allan Poe is court-martialed and dismissed from West Point in 1831.
– Kate Chopin St. Louis-born writer; The Awakening 1850-1904
– Elizabeth Bishop Massachusetts-born poet; 1956 Pulitzer 1911-1979
– Philip Appleman Indiana-born poet, academic; Perfidious Proverbs and Other Poems (2011) 1926-
– Tom Rush New Hampshire-born folk singer, songwriter; “No Regrets” 1941-
– John Grisham Mississippi-born novelist; The Firm (1991), The Pelican Brief (1992), The Client (1993) 1955-
– Thomas Paine English-born journalist, political essayist, revolutionary; Common Sense (1776), Rights of Man (1791), The Age of Reason (1793) 1737-1809 [new calender birth date]
– Frans Michael Franzén Finnish-Swedish poet, journalist, educator,, bishop 1772-1847
– Sojourner Truth (born isabella Baumfree) New York-born slave, abolitionist, women’s rights activist; The Narrative of Sojourner Truth (1850) 1797-1883 [birth date highly uncertain]
– Amy [Lawrence] Lowell Massachusetts-born imagist poet, critic 1847-1925
– George Ade US journalist, playwright, humorist 1866-1944
– Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky dies in 1881.
– Brendan [Francis] Behan Irish poet, playwright, novelist 1923-1964
– William Faulkner’s novel Sanctuary is published in 1931.
– Carole King (born Carol Joan Klein) New York City-born pop singer, songwriter; “You’ve Got a Friend”, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” 1942-
– Alice Walker Georgia-born novelist, essayist; Pulitzer for The Color Purple (1982) 1944-
Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.
– Edith Sitwell
– John Suckling English poet, dramatist 1609-1642
– Charles Lamb (aka Elia) English poet, essayist, scholar, critic; The Adventures of Ulysses (1808), children’s book Tales from Shakespeare (1807) 1775-1834
– William Allen White Kansas-born newspaper editor, progressive political columnist; 1942 Pulitzer 1868-1944
– Boris [Leonidovich] Pasternak Russian novelist, poet; declined 1958 Nobel, Doctor Zhivago (1958) 1890-1960
– “All The News That’s Fit To Print”, The New York Times’ famous motto, appears on its front page for the first time in 1897.
– Bertolt Brecht (born Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht) German playwright, poet; plays Mother Courage and Her Children (1941), Galileo (1938), Pulitzer for Roxanne (1951) 1898-1956
– Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman opens on Broadway in 1949.
– Playwright Arthur Miller dies in 2005.
– Lydia Maria Child Massachusetts-born abolitionist, womens and Indian rights activist, popular writer; Thanksgiving poem “over the River and Through the Woods” 1802-1880
– Roy [Broadbent] Fuller English poet, novelist 1912-1991
– Sidney Sheldon Chicago-born novelist, playwright; 1947 Oscar, 1959 Tony Award 1917-2007
– Sheryl [Suzanne] Crow Missouri-born pop musician, singer, songwriter 1962-
– Poet Sylvia Plath dies by suicide in 1963.
– Thomas Campion English composer, poet, physician 1567-1620
– Cotton Mather Boston-born Puritan minister, writer 1663-1728
– Scottish seaman Alexander Selkirk, whose adventures inspired the story of “Robinson Crusoe,” is rescued from Juan Fernandez Island after four years marooned there in 1709.
– Charles [Robert] Darwin English naturalist, evolution theorist; On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection (1859) 1809-1882
– Abraham Lincoln Kentucky-born US president; wrote eloquent “Gettysburg Address” (1863), “Second Inaugural Address” (1864) 1809-1865
– George Meredith English poet, novelist 1828-1909
– Judy Blume US children’s author 1938-
– Prosper Jolyot, Sieur de Crébillon French dramatist; plays portrayed the depravity of high Parisian culture 1674-1762
– “The American Magazine” publishes its first issue in Philadelphia, becoming the earliest magazine in the British colonies by a mere 3 days in 1741.
– Kanzo Uchimura Japanese religious writer 1861-1930
– Ricardo Güiraldes Argentinian novelist, poet 1886-1927
– Georges Simenon Belgian mystery writer; Inspector Maigret stories 1903-1989
– Peter Gabriel English rock musician, singer, songwriter, Genesis founding member; “In Your Eyes”, “Solsbury Hill” 1950-
– Russian novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn is expelled from the USSR in 1974.
Why, what’s the matter,
That you have such a February face,
So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?
– William Shakespeare
– Samuel Butler English poet, satirist 1613-1680 [baptism date]
– Domingo Faustino Sarmiento Argentinian writer 1811-1888
– Frank Harris Irish-born US editor, author 1856-1931
– Israel Zangwill English author 1864-1926
– George Jean Nathan Indiana-born editor, drama critic, author; co-founded the American Mercury magazine with H.L. Mencken 1882-1958
– Oscar Wilde’s splendid comedy The Importance of Being Earnest premieres in London in 1895.
– A. M. [Abraham Moses] Klein Russian-born Canadian poet 1909-1972
– Eric Anderson Pittsburg-born folk singer, songwriter; “Blue River”, “Thirsty Boots” 1943-
– Carl Bernstein WashingtonDC-born journalist, author; shared 1973 Pulitzer with Bob Woodward for their Watergate coverage; co-wrote All the President’s Men (1974) 1944-
– English horseracing mystery novelist Dick Francis dies in 2010.
– Galileo [Galilei] Italian scientist, mathematician, astronomer; The Starry Messenger (1610) 1564-1642
– Susan B. Anthony Massachusetts-born womens rights activist; with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, compiled History of Woman Suffrage (1884) 1820-1906
– Sax Rohmer (born Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward) English mystery writer; Dr. Fu Manchu stories 1886-1959
– Herman Kahn New Jersey-born writer on thermonuclear war 1922-1983
– Susan Brownmiller Brooklyn-born activist, feminist author; Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape (1975) 1935-
– Douglas R. Hofstadter New York City-born academic, author; Goedel, Escher, and Bach 1945-
– John Trudell Omaha-born Santee Dakota poet, musician, actor, Indian rights activist; Living in Reality: Songs Called Poems (1982) 1946-2015
- – poet Philip Levine dies in 2015.
– [Johann Jakob] Wilhelm Heinse German novelist, art critic 1746-1803
– Henry Brooks Adams Boston-born historian, writer; grandson of John Quincy Adams, The Education of Henry Adams 1838-1918
– Octave Mirbeau French writer 1848-1917
– G. M. [George Macaulay] Trevelyan English historian, writer 1876-1962
– Van Wyck Brooks New Jersey-born critic, biographer, literary historian; 1937 Pulitzer, 5-volume literary history Makers and Finders 1886-1963
– Hal [Harold Edward] Porter Australian novelist, short story writer 1911-1984
– Richard Ford Mississippi-born novelist, sportswriter; Pulitzer for Independence Day (1995) 1944-
– Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer Spanish romantic poet, journalist 1836-1870
– Samuel Sidney McClure Ireland-born US editor, publisher; organized first US newspaper syndicate, the McClure Syndicate (1884) 1857-1949
– “Banjo” [Andrew Barton] Paterson Australian war correspondent, light-verse poet; adapted “Waltzing Matilda” 1864-1941
– Dorothy Canfield [Fisher] Kansas-born education reformer, popular novelist 1879-1958
– Andre [Alice Mary] Norton Cleveland-born science fiction and fantasy writer 1912-2005
– Margaret Truman Missouri-born mystery writer; Harry Truman’s daughter 1924-2008
– Chaim Potok Bronx-born novelist The Chosen (1967) 1929-2002
– Ruth Rendell (aka Barbara Vine) British mystery, suspense writer 1930-2015
To shorten winter, borrow some money due in spring.
– W. J. Vogel
– John Bunyan’s religious allegory Pilgrim’s Progress is published in 1678.
– Nikos Kazantzakis Greek novelist, journalist, politician; Zorba the Greek (1943), The Last Temptation of Christ (1951) 1883-1957
– Mark Twain’s definitive novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published in the US in 1885.
– Wendell Willkie Indiana-born politician, author 1892-1944
– Wallace Stegner Iowa-born novelist, critic; 1971 Pulitzer, “the dean of Western writers” 1909-1993
– Helen Gurley Brown Arkansas-born writer, publisher; novel Sex and the Single Girl (1962), Cosmopolitan editor 1922-2012
– Toni Morrison (born Chloe Anthony Wofford) Ohio-born novelist; 1987 Pulitzer for Beloved, 1993 Nobel 1931-
– Audre [Geraldine] Lorde (aka Rey Domini) New York City-born writer, feminist, gay rights activist 1934-1992
– Nicolaus Copernicus Polish astronomer; landmark heliocentric treatise De Revolutionibus (1543) 1473-1543
– David Garrick English actor, producer, playwright 1717-1779
– Élie Ducommun Swiss writer, pacifist; 1902 Nobel peace prize 1833-1906
– Jose Eustasio Rivera Colombian poet; national epic The Vortex 1889-1928
– André Breton French surrealism theorist, writer; co-founder of US magazine VVV 1896-1966
– Kay Boyle Minnesota-born novelist 1902-1992
– Carson McCullers (born Lula Carson Smith) Georgia-born novelist 1917-1967
– William “Smokey” Robinson Detroit-born soul singer, songwriter, producer; “Tracks of My Tears”, “My Girl” 1940-
– Amy Tan California-born novelist; The Joy Luck Club (1989) 1952-
– To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee dies in 2016.
– Pieter Cornelis Boutens Dutch mystic poet 1870-1943
– Shiga Naoya Japanese novelist 1883-1971
– Hesketh [Gibbons] Pearson English biographer, actor, director, playwright 1887-1964
– Georges Bernanos French novelist 1888-1948
– Russel Crouse Ohio-born playwright, librettist; writing/producing partner of Howard Lindsay; Life with Father, The Sound of Music (1960), Pulitzer for State of the Union (1946) 1893-1966
– Alex La Guma South African novelist 1925-1985
– Buffy [Beverly] Sainte-Marie Canadian artist, activist, folk singer, songwriter; “Until It’s Time for You to Go”, “Universal Soldier” 1941-
– Jose Zorrilla y Moral Spanish poet, dramatist 1817-1893
– Charles Scribner New York City-born publisher 1821-1871
– Marx and Engels’ influential political pamphlet The Communist Manifesto is published in London in 1848.
– Anaïs Nin France-born US novelist, diarist 1903-1977
– W. H. [Wystan Hugh] Auden English-born poet; 1948 Pulitzer 1907-1973
– The New Yorker magazine’s first issue is published in 1925.
– Erma [Louise] Bombeck Ohio-born humorist, syndicated columnist 1927-1996
– Nina Simone (born Eunice Kathleen Waymon) North Carolina-born jazz, blues musician, singer, songwriter; “Mississippi Goddam” (1964) 1933-2003
– Barbara [Charline] Jordan Texas-born academic, Congresswoman, autobiographer 1936-1996
Of winter’s lifeless world each tree
Now seems a perfect part;
Yet each one holds summer’s secret
Deep down within its heart.
– Charles G. Stater
– James Russell Lowell Massachusetts-born abolitionist, essayist, romantic poet, Atlantic Monthly editor; “The Vision of Sir Launfal” (1848)1819-1891
– Jules Renard French writer 1864-1910
– John Shaw Neilson Australian poet 1872-1942
– Norman Lindsay Australian journalist, artist, author; children’s classic The Magic Pudding 1879-1969
– Edna St. Vincent Millay Maine-born poet; Pulitzer 1892-1950
– Giorgios Seferis Greek poet; 1963 Nobel 1900-1971
– Seán O’Faoláin (aka John Francis Whelan) Irish short story writer 1900-1991
– Morley Callaghan Canadian author 1903-1990
– Jane [Auer] Bowles New York City-born short story writer, novelist 1917-1974
– Edward St. John Gorey Chicago-born author, artist of the macabre 1925-2000
– Ishmael [Scott] Reed Tennessee-born novelist, essayist, poet, editor; known for satiric commentaries, parodies 1938-
– Samuel Pepys English diarist 1633-1703
– English Romantic poet John Keats dies in 1821.
– W. E. B. [William Edward Burghardt] Du Bois Massachusetts-born sociologist, writer; The Souls of Black Folk 1868-1963
– Writer Emile Zola is imprisoned for his “J’Accuse” letter, in which he publicly criticized France’s handling of the controversial Dreyfus case, in 1898.
– Erich Kästner German children’s author 1899-1974
– William L. [Lawrence] Shirer Chicago-born radio journalist, war correspondent, historian; The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1960) 1904-1993
– Folk singer Woody Guthrie writes his signature song “This Land Is Your Land” in 1940.
– Haki R. Madhubuti (born Don Luther Lee) Arkansas-born poet, essayist, critic, publisher; leading voice in black arts movement 1942-
– Wilhelm Carl Grimm German librarian, literary historian; with his brother Jacob, compiled Grimm’s Fairy Tales 1786-1859
– George Moore Irish novelist 1852-1933
– Juliusz Kaden-Bandrowski Polish novelist 1885-1944
– Mary Ellen Chase Maine-born educator , author 1887-1973
– August William Derleth Wisconsin-born writer 1909- 1971
– Carlo Goldoni Italian dramatist 1707-1793
– George Samuel Schuyler Rhode Island-born novelist, journalist; satirical novel No More; Land of the Free (1931) 1895-1977
– Frank G. [Gill] Slaughter Washington DC-born physician, novelist 1908-2001
– Anthony Burgess English essayist, novelist, musician; A Clockwork Orange 1917-1993
– Shiva [Shivadhar Srinivasa] Naipaul Trinidad-born journalist, novelist 1945-1985
– Playwright Tennessee Williams dies in 1983.
Late February days; and now, at last,
Might you have thought that Winter’s woe was past;
So fair the sky was and so soft the air.
– William Morris
– Victor [Marie] Hugo French novelist, playwright, Romantic poet; The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1831), Les Misérables (1862) 1802-1885
– John George Nicolay Germany-born US author; Lincoln’s private secretary and biographer 1832-1901
– Jean Vercors (born Jean-Marcel Bruller) Paris-born writer; Silence of the Sea (1941) 1902-1991
– Theodore Sturgeon (born Edward Hamilton Waldo) Staten Island-born science fiction writer, given credit for Sturgeon’s Law, loosely stated as “ninety-five percent of everything is crap”; Hugo, Nebula for “Slow Sculpture” (1970) 1918-1985
– Fats [Antoine Dominique] Domino New Orleans-born rock and roll pianist, singer, songwriter; “Blueberry Hill”, “Ain’t That a Shame” 1928-2017
– Johnny [John R.] Cash Arkansas-born rockabilly pioneer, country musician, singer, songwriter; “Delia’s Gone” 1932-2003
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Maine-born poet, writer; Evangeline (1847), The Song of Hiawatha (1855), The Courtship of Miles Standish (1858), Paul Revere’s Ride (1860) 1807-1882
– Angelina Weld Grimke Boston-born dramatist, poet 1880-1958
– John [Ernst] Steinbeck California-born novelist; 1962 Nobel, Of Mice and Men (1937), Pulitzer for The Grapes of Wrath (1939, Cannery Row (1945) 1902-1968
– James Thomas Farrell Chicago-born novelist, short story writer 1904-1979
– Peter DeVries Chicago-born novelist, editor 1910-1993
– Lawrence Durrell India-born British novelist; The Alexandria Quartet 1912-1990
– Irwin Shaw Bronx-born novelist, screenwriter; Rich Man, Poor Man (1969) 1913-1984
– N. [Navarre] Scott Momaday Oklahoma-born writer; Pulitzer for House Made of Dawn (1969) 1934-
– In 1948, a plane returning 28 migrant farmworkers to Mexico crashes in Los Gatos Canyon, California, killing all on board. News reports name the 4 American crew lost, but none of the 28 Mexicans killed. This blatant inequity prompts Woody Guthrie to write his powerful song “Deportees”.
– Michel de Montaigne French essayist 1533-1592
– John Tenniel English cartoonist; illustrated Alice-in-Wonderland 1820-1914
– Vyacheslav Ivanov Russian Symbolist poet, linguist, literary scholar 1866-1949 [new calender date]
– Ben Hecht New York City-born journalist, playwright, screenwriter, director/producer, novelist; play The Front Page (1928) 1894-1964
– Stephen Spender English poet, critic 1909-1995
– Novelist Henry James dies in 1916.
– Don [Donald] Coldsmith Kansas-born physician, newspaper columnist, historical novelist 1926-
– Paul [Robin] Krugman New York-born economist, writer; 2008 economics Nobel, The Return of Depression-Era Economics (2008) 1953-
– Colum McCann Irish novelist; Let the Great World Spin (2009) 1965-
– Publisher Henry R. Luce dies in 1967.
– Howard Nemerov New York City-born poet, novelist, critic; 3rd poet laureate 1920-1991
February is Merely as Long as is Needed to Pass the Time until March.
-J. R. Stockton