Today is the birthday of Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (1850 – 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks among the 26 most translated authors in the world. More information about Stevenson and his poems on PoemHunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/robert-louis-stevenson/ Happy Birthday Robert Louis Stevenson!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, circa 1859

Today is also the birthday of two poets Elizabeth Madox Roberts (1881 - 1941) and André Chénier (1762 – 1794). Elizabeth Madox Roberts was a Kentucky novelist and poet. More information about Roberts and her poems on PoemHunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/elizabeth-madox-roberts/ André Marie Chénier was a French poet. More information about Chénier and his poems on PoemHunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/andre-marie-de-chenier/ Happy Birthday Elizabeth Madox Roberts! Happy Birthday André Cheni...

Happy Birthday C.J. Dennis! (1876-1938) an Australian poet known for his humorous poems. Though Dennis's work is less well known today, his 1916 publication of The Sentimental Bloke sold 65,000 copies in its first year, and by 1917 he was the most prosperous poet in Australian history. More about Dennis and his poems on Poemhunter http://www.poemhunter.com/clarence-michael-james-stanislaus-dennis/

Today is the birthday of John Orley Allen Tate (1899 – 1979) was an American poet, essayist, social commentator, and Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1943 to 1944. More information about Tate and his poems on PoemHunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/allen-tate/ Happy Birthday Allen Tate!

Today is the birthday of Robert William Service (1874-1958). He was a poet and writer who has often been called "the Bard of the Yukon". Robert Service wrote the most commercially successful poetry of the century. Yet his most popular works "were considered doggerel by the literary set." During his lifetime, he was nicknamed "the Canadian Kipling." More information about Service and his poems on Poemhunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/robert-william-service/ Happy Birthday Robert William Servi...

Today is the birthday of Sir Walter Scott, born in 1771. He was a Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet, popular throughout much of the world in the 19th century. Scott was the first English-language author to have a truly international career in his lifetime, with many contemporary readers in Europe, Australia, and North America. More information about Scott and his poems on Poemhunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/sir-walter-scott/ Happy Birthday Walter Scott!

Today is the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen, born in 1805. He was a Danish author and poet and died on 4 August 1875. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, More information about Andersen and his poems: http://www.poemhunter.com/hans-christian-andersen-2/ Happy Birthday Hans Christian Andersen!

Happy Birthday Emily Dickinson!(1830–1886) an American poet. born to a successful family with strong community ties, she lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life. many of her poems deal with themes of death and immortality, two recurring topics in letters to her friends. more about Dickinson and her poems on Poemhunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/emily-dickinson/

Today is the birthday of Emily Brontë, (1818-1848) pseudonym Ellis Bell. She was an English novelist and poet born in Thornton, Yorkshire, England. She produced but one novel, Wuthering Heights (1847), a highly imaginative novel of passion and hate set on the Yorkshire moors. Emily was perhaps the greatest of the three Brontë sisters. More information about Brontë and her poems on Poemhunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/emily-jane-bront/ Happy Birthday Emily Brontë!

Wilfred Edward Salter Owen was born 18 March 1893 in Oswestry, Shropshire. Owen was an English poet whose work was characterised by his anger at the cruelty and waste of war, which he experienced during service on the Western Front.

Today is the birthday of William Carlos Williams (1883 – 1963). He was an American poet closely associated with modernism and imagism. He was also a pediatrician and general practitioner of medicine with a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. More information about Williams and his poems on PoemHunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/william-carlos-williams/ Happy Birthday William Carlos Williams!

Today is the birthday of Thomas Hardy (1840 – 1928). He was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially William Wordsworth. While Hardy wrote poetry throughout his life and regarded himself primarily as a poet, his first collection was not published until 1898. Learn more about Hardy and read his poems: http://www.poemhunter.com/thomas-hardy/ Happy Birthday Thomas Hardy!

Today is the birthday of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882). He was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy and was one of the five Fireside Poets. More about Longfellow and his poems on Poemhunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/henry-wadsworth-longfellow/ Happy Birthday Henry Wadsworth Longfellow!

Today is the birthday of Charles Cros (1842 – 1888). He was a French poet and inventor. He was born in Fabrezan, Aude, France, 35 km to the East of Carcassonne. Cros was a well-regarded poet and humorous writer. He developed various improved methods of photography including an early color photo process. He also invented improvements in telegraph and Paleophone technology. More information about Cros and his poems on PoemHunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/charles-cros/ Happy Birthday Charles C...

Happy Birthday Charles Dickens! (1812-1870) an English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian period. Dickens enjoyed a wider popularity and fame than had any previous author during his lifetime, and he remains popular, having been responsible for some of English literature's most iconic novels and characters. More about Charles Dickens and his poems on Poemhunter http://www.poemhunter.com/charles-dickens/

Today is the birthday of Wisława Szymborska, born in 1923. She was a Polish poet, essayist, translator and recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Prowent, which has since become part of Kórnik, she later resided in Kraków until the end of her life. She was described as a "Mozart of Poetry". In Poland, Szymborska's books have reached sales rivaling prominent prose authors.

Today is the birthday of Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936). He was an English poet, short-story writer, and novelist chiefly remembered for his celebration of British imperialism, tales and poems of British soldiers in India, and his tales for children. Kipling was one of the most popular writers in England, in both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. More information about Kipling and his poems on Poemhunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/rudyard-kipling/

Today is the birthday of Oscar Wilde, born in 1854. He was an Irish writer and poet. fter writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, his only novel (The Picture of Dorian Gray), his plays, and the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death.

Today is the birthday of Steen Steensen Blicher (1782-1848). He's an author and poet from Denmark. More information about Blicher and his poems on Poemhunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/steen-steensen-blicher/

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