LitBirthdays December 2 – 8, 2012

December is
Universal Human Rights
Month

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December 4
December 5
December 6
December 7
December 8


December 2


Born December 2

Jüri Reinvere (born December 2, 1971) – Estonian poet, composer – Requiem

Botho Strauss (born December 2, 1944) – German playwright, novelist, essayist – The Hypochondriacs (Die Hypochonder)

Elizabeth Berg (born December 2, 1948) – U.S. novelist – Home Safe

Ann Patchett (born December 2, 1963) – U.S. novelist – Bel Canto (2001)




December 3

Boris Novak

Boris A. Novak (born December 3, 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 (born December 3, 1930) – French filmmaker

Joseph Conrad (Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski) (born December 3, 1857) – Polish/British novelist – Lord Jim

Daniel Bedingfield (born December 3, 1979) – New Zealand – U.K. singer / songwriter

Alaíde Foppa de Solórzano (born December 3, 1914) – Guatemalan / Argentinian poet, human rights activist – Las Palabras y el Tiempo (1979)


 


December 4


Born December 4

Wen Shaoxian (溫紹賢) (born December 4, 1934) – Chinese translator, scholar, novelist

Frances Power Cobbe (born December 4, 1822) – Irish, Victorian-era human and animal rights activist, feminist

Rainer Maria Rilke (born December 4, 1875) – Austrian poet – The Book of Hours (Das Stundenbuch)

Jay-Z (Shawn Corey Carter) (born December 4, 1969) – U.S. Rapper




December 5

Rose Wilder Lane (born December 5, 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 (born December 5, 1901) – U.S. producer of animation film, creator of Mickey Mouse

Miloš Đukelić (born December 5, 1976) – Serbian film/television writer, director, producer

Tomson Highway (born December 5, 1951) – Canadian (First Nations, Cree) playwright, novelist, musician – The Rez Sisters (1986)

Joan Didion (born December 5, 1934) – U.S. novelist, essayist, screenwriter – The Year of Magical Thinking

 


December 6

Born December 6

Martin Hirsch (born December 6, 1963) – French poverty fighter

Eve Curie Labouisse (born December 6, 1904) – French-U.S. journalist, biographer, “First Lady of UNICEF” from 1965-1979

James Elphinston (born December 6, 1721) – Scottish philologist,  orthographer, grammarian of English language –  A Minniature ov Inglish Orthoggraphy (1795)

Ira Gershwin (born December 6, 1896) – U.S. lyricist – “I Got Rhythm” (Girl Crazy)



December 7

Born December 7

Noam Chomsky (born December 7, 1928) – U.S. linguist, philosopher

Willa Cather (born December 7, 1875) – U.S. Short story writer, novelist, poet – Death Comes for the Archbishop

Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi [عبدالرحمن صوفی] (born December 7,  903) – Persian astronomer – Book of Fixed Stars [Suwar al-Kawakib al-Thabit] (964)

Dom Joseph Pothier (born December 7, 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 (bborn December 8,  65 BCE) – Roman lyric poet

Jim Morrison (born December 8, 1943) – U.S. Singer, songwriter, poet – “End of the Night”

Delmore Schwartz (born December 8, 1913) – U.S. poet

Nicki Minaj (born December 8, 1984) – U.S. (from Trinidad) hiphop singer/songwriter


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