LitBirthdays December 2 – 8, 2012

December is
Universal Human Rights

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December 2

Yael Dayan

Yaël Dayan (Hebrew: יעל דיין‎ ) b. 1939 – Israeli political activist, novelist, journalist – My Father, His Daughter (1985)

Read about Yael Dayan here and here


Born December 2

Jüri Reinvere (b. 1971) – Estonian poet, composer – Requiem

Botho Strauss (b. 1944) – German playwright, novelist, essayist – The Hypochondriacs (Die Hypochonder)

Elizabeth Berg (b. 1948) – U.S. novelist – Home Safe

Ann Patchett (b. 1963) – U.S. novelist – Bel Canto (2001)

December 3

Boris Novak

Boris A. Novak (b. 1953) – Slovenian poet, translator

Read about Boris Novak here

Listen to Boris Novak conduct a class in literature (Slovenian language) here

Born December 3

Jean-Luc Godard (b. 1930) – French filmmaker

Joseph Conrad (Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski) (b. 1857) – Polish/British novelist – Lord Jim

Daniel Bedingfield (b. 1979) – New Zealand – U.K. singer / songwriter

Alaíde Foppa de Solórzano (b. 1914) – Guatemalan / Argentinian poet, human rights activist – Las Palabras y el Tiempo (1979)


December 4

Born December 4

Wen Shaoxian (溫紹賢) (b. 1934) – Chinese translator, scholar, novelist

Frances Power Cobbe (b. 1822) – Irish, Victorian-era human and animal rights activist, feminist

Rainer Maria Rilke (b. 1875) – Austrian poet – The Book of Hours (Das Stundenbuch)

Jay-Z (Shawn Corey Carter) (b. 1969) – U.S. Rapper

December 5

Rose Wilder Lane (b. 1886) – U.S. journalist, novelist, libertarian Rose Wilder Lane

Read about Rose Wilder Lane here

Read an essay about Rose Wilder Lane from the My Hero Project here
“In my opinion, Rose Wilder Lane’s greatest accomplishment is the fact that she helped her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder, write her “Little House” books. Laura was writing for a Missouri farm magazine at the time Rose was a world famous author. But Rose realized her mother could become more. She helped Laura by encouraging her to improve her writing. She also shared ideas for stories. Rose typed and edited her mother’s writing. She also offered encouragement for Laura to write her memoir. She looked for publishers. Rose saw her mother’s works get published, some in national magazines, and others in books.”

[written by Julianne from Glenbrook Middle School for the My Hero Project]

Read a New Yorker article about Rose Wilder Lane here

In 1936, the Saturday Evening Post published an essay that Lane called her “Credo,” and which announced a new phase of her career: as a right-wing polemicist. “I am now a fundamentalist American,” she declared. Her vision was of a frontier democracy—a Republic of the Fittest—with no handouts or entitlements, and minimal taxation. She may have been the first writer to use the term “libertarian” as the label for a nascent revolt against state authority.

Born December 5

Walt Disney (b. 1901) – U.S. producer of animation film, creator of Mickey Mouse

Miloš Đukelić (b. 1976) – Serbian film/television writer, director, producer

Tomson Highway (b. 1951) – Canadian (First Nations, Cree) playwright, novelist, musician – The Rez Sisters (1986)

Joan Didion (b. 1934) – U.S. novelist, essayist, screenwriter – The Year of Magical Thinking


December 6

Born December 6

Martin Hirsch (b. 1963) – French poverty fighter

Eve Curie Labouisse (b. 1904) – French-U.S. journalist, biographer, “First Lady of UNICEF” from 1965-1979

James Elphinston (b. 1721) – Scottish philologist,  orthographer, grammarian of English language –  A Minniature ov Inglish Orthoggraphy (1795)

Ira Gershwin (b. 1896) – U.S. lyricist – “I Got Rhythm” (Girl Crazy)

December 7

Born December 7

Noam Chomsky (b. 1928) – U.S. linguist, philosopher

Willa Cather (b. 1875) – U.S. Short story writer, novelist, poet – Death Comes for the Archbishop

Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi [عبدالرحمن صوفی] (b. 903) – Persian astronomer – Book of Fixed Stars [Suwar al-Kawakib al-Thabit] (964)

Dom Joseph Pothier (b. 1835) – French monk (Benedictine), Gregorian chant scholar, composer – Les mélodies grégoriennes: d’après la tradition (French Edition) / Traditional Gregorian Melody (1880)

December 8

Born December 8

Horace (b. 65 BCE) – Roman lyric poet

Jim Morrison (b. 1943) – U.S. Singer, songwriter, poet – “End of the Night”

Delmore Schwartz (b. 1913) – U.S. poet

Nicki Minaj (b. 1984) – U.S. (from Trinidad) hiphop singer/songwriter

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