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Much of what we know about the Early Modern era comes from the writings of that time. With the proliferation of the printing press and a somewhat more literate population, much more literature of this period is preserved (as opposed to earlier times). Whether from a novel, play, travel journal or scientific paper, these writings add greatly to our knowledge of our history.
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Heinrich Kaan

borndied
1816, Feb 81893, May 24
a 19th-century physician known for his seminal contributions to early sexology. He was the personal physician to the Czar. Kaan is primarily known for an early scientific approach to sexology i.e. a scientifically based theoretical study of sex as opposed to earlier fields of erotology—the more practical study of lovemaking. He published his main work Psyc...
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Kabir

borndied
14401518
a 15th-century Indian mystic poet and saint, whose writings influenced Hinduism's Bhakti movement and his verses are found in Sikh's scripture Adi Granth. His early life was in a Muslim family, but he was strongly influenced by his teacher, the Hindu bhakti leader Ramananda.
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David Kalisch

aka: D. J. Schalk
borndied
1820, Feb 231872, Aug 21
a German playwright and humorist. Within several years of writing, he practically dominated the German farce stage of his time. At the old Wallner Theater in Berlin and in the great comedy houses throughout Germany there were years when none but his pieces were produced, some of them having runs of hundreds of performances. Nor was it in Germany alone that h...
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Petar Kanavelic

aka: Pietro Canavelli
borndied
1637, Dec 271719, Jan 16
a Venetian writer who wrote poems in Slavic and Italian. He is regarded as one of the greatest Croatian writers of the 17th century. Canavelli's literary work is one of the widest and most diverse in the 17th century. He wrote poems, epic works and songs in Croatian and Italian. He occasionally composed wedding songs.
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Immanuel Kant

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1724, Apr 221804, Feb 12
a German philosopher, who is considered the central figure of modern philosophy. Kant argued that fundamental concepts of the human mind structure human experience, that reason is the source of morality, that aesthetics arises from a faculty of disinterested judgment, that space and time are forms of our understanding, and that the world as it is "in-itself"...
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Joseph Karo

aka: Yosef Caro, Qaro, HaMechaber, Maran
borndied
14881575, Mar 24
author of the last great codification of Jewish law, the Shulchan Aruch, which is still authoritative for all Jews pertaining to their respective communities. His reputation during the last thirty years of his life was greater than that of almost any other rabbi since Maimonides. The Italian Azariah dei Rossi, though his views differed widely from Kar...
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Markos Antonios Katsaitis

borndied
17171787
an 18th-century Greek scholar, geographer and lawyer. In his early adolescence he moved to Constantinople where he lived for several years. During his travel through the Balkans, Katsaitis documented his travels in a detailed diary.
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Mary Jane Katzmann

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1828, Jan 151890, Mar 23
a Canadian editor, historian, and poet. In 1845 her poetry came to the attention of Joseph Howe, who praised it in his "Nights with the Muses" column in The Nova Scotian. Between 1848 and 1851, Katzmann published a large amount of verse in the Halifax Guardian.
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Jens Matthias Pram Kaurin

bornactivedied
1804, Nov 251858-18611863, Jul 6
a Norwegian professor of theology, biblical translator, and Lutheran priest. He served as the Bishop of the Diocese of Bjørgvin from 1858 until 1861. Among his works were significant contribution to a new and controversial edition of Pontoppidans forklaring, and participation in a new translation of the Old Testament into the Norwegian language.
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Julia Kavanagh

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1824, Jan 71877, Oct 28
an Irish novelist, born at Thurles in Tipperary, Ireland. Kavanagh's literary career began after the move of her and her mother to London in about 1844, after separating from her father in France. Thereafter she supported herself and her invalid mother, Bridget (a lifelong companion), with her writing career. Her first book was Three Paths (1847), a story fo...
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Geoffrey Keating

aka: Seathrún Céitinn
borndied
1569 ca1644 ca
a 17th-century historian. He was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, and is buried in Tubrid Graveyard in the parish of Ballylooby-Duhill, and became a Irish Catholic priest and a poet. His major work, Foras Feasa ar Éirinn (Foundation of Knowledge on Ireland, more usually translated History of Ireland) was written in Early Modern Irish and completed ...
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John Keats

borndied
17951821
an English Romantic poet. He was one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets, along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his work having been in publication for only four years before his death.
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François Christophe Edmond de Kellermann

aka: 3rd Duc de Valmy
borndied
18021868
a distinguished statesman, political historian, and diplomat under the July Monarchy. He was the son of François Étienne de Kellermann and the grandson of marshal François Christophe de Kellermann. Elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 1842, he retired from politics in 1848. With his death the title became extinct.
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Johan Henric Kellgren

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1751, Dec 11795, Apr 20
a Swedish poet and critic. His strong satiric tendency led him into numerous controversies, the chief that with the critic Thomas Thorild, against whom he directed his satire Nytt försök till orimmad vers, where he also sneers at the "raving of Shakespeare" and "the convulsions of Goethe." His lack of humour detracts from the interest of his polemical writ...
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Matthew Kellison

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1560 ca1642, Jan 21
an English Roman Catholic theologian and controversialist, and a reforming president of the English College, Douai. His reforms made him enemies, but the nuncios at Brussels and Paris supported him. The English secular clergy three times without result recommended him to be their bishop, in 1608, 1614, and 1622.
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Hugh Kelly

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17391777, Feb 3
an Irish dramatist and poet. From the 1760s he was employed as a propagandist for the British government, attacking members of the Opposition. After arriving in London in 1760 to work as a staymaker, he soon turned to become a writer and made a living as a journalist. In 1766 he published Thespis, a long poem about the acting profession, which gained him wid...
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Arthur Kelton

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unknown1549/1550
an author who wrote in rhyme about Welsh history. Kelton, whose date of birth and ancestry are unclear, is credited with Book of Poetry in Praise of Welshmen (1546) and A Chronicle with a Genealogie declaring that the Brittons and Welshmen are linealiye dyscended from Brute (1547), which was dedicated to Edward VI. He dealt with early British history after t...
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Fanny Kemble

aka: Frances Anne Kemble
borndied
1809, Nov 271893, Jan 15
a notable British actress from a theatre family in the early and mid-19th century. She was a well-known and popular writer, whose published works included plays, poetry, eleven volumes of memoirs, travel writing and works about the theatre.
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John P. Kennedy

borndied
1795, Oct 251870, Aug 18
an American novelist and Whig politician who served as United States Secretary of the Navy from July 26, 1852 to March 4, 1853, during the administration of President Millard Fillmore, and as a U.S. Representative from Maryland's 4th congressional district. He was the Speaker of the Maryland State assembly and served several different terms in the assembly. ...
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Walter Kennedy [1]

borndied
1455 ca1518
Walter was a Scottish makar associated with the renaissance court of James IV, perhaps best known as the defendant against William Dunbar in The Flyting of Dumbar and Kennedie, but his surviving works clearly show him to have been an accomplished "master" in many genres. It is likely that a significant body of poetry by him has been lost. His most impressive...
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Johannes Kepler

bornactivedied
1571, Dec 271594-16301630, Nov 15
a German mathematician, astronomer, and astrologer. A key figure in the 17th century scientific revolution, he is best known for his laws of planetary motion, based on his works Astronomia nova, Harmonices Mundi, and Epitome of Copernican Astronomy. These works also provided one of the foundations for Isaac Newton's theory of universal gravitation.
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Robert Kerr

aka: 1st Earl of Ancram
borndied
1578 ca1654
a Scottish nobleman and writer. In 1620, Kerr was involved in a fatal quarrel with a young man named Charles Maxwell, who insulted him without provocation as he entered the palace at Newmarket. In a duel that followed, Sir Robert killed Maxwell. Even though Maxwell's friends acquitted Kerr of blame, the king's strict rules for prevention and punishment of d...
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Cornelis Ketel

borndied
15481616
a Dutch Mannerist painter, active in Elizabethan London from 1573 to 1581, and in Amsterdam from 1581 to the early 17th century, now known essentially as a portrait-painter, though he was also a poet and orator, and from 1595 began to sculpt as well.
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Keuh Agong

aka: Kew Ah Gung, Kew A-Gang, Wat Ngong, Wat Angong
borndied
17851867
a Chinese Protestant Christian evangelist and author from Guangzhou, Guangdong Province. Agong was baptized by Robert Morrison (the first Protestant missionary to China) at Macau about 1830. After his baptism, he was opposed by his wife, who was devoted to idols. The same year he itinerated about 250 miles across China, accompanied by Liang Fa, teaching and ...
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Rudolf Keyser

borndied
1803, Jan 11864, Oct 9
a Norwegian historian, archaeologist and educator. Keyser was most commonly associated with the Theory on immigration to Norway. Keyser was a supporter of the migration theory that the Norse tribes had wandered into Norway from the north and east, a view also shared by Peter Andreas Munch, a former student of Keyser. This theory was inspired in part by the e...
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Khushal Khan Khattak

borndied
16131689
a Pashtun poet, warrior and scholar, and chief of the Khattak tribe of the Pashtuns. Khushal preached the union of all Pashtuns, and encouraged revolt against the Mughal Empire promoting Pashtun nationalism through poetry. Khushal was the first Afghan mentor who presents his theories for the unity of the Pashtun tribes against foreign forces and the creation...
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Nadezhda Khvoshchinskaya

borndied
1824, May 201889, Jun 8
a Russian novelist, poet, literary critic and translator. Her married name was Zayonchkovskaya. She published much of her work under the pseudonym V. Krestovsky. She later added "alias" to her pseudonym to avoid being confused with the writer Vsevolod Krestovsky.
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Soren Kierkegaard

aka: Søren
borndied
18131855
a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. He wrote critical texts on organized religion, Christendom, morality, ethics, psychology, and the philosophy of religion, displaying a fondness for metaphor, irony and parables. Much of his philosophical work deals w...
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Anne Killigrew

borndied
16601685
an English poet. Born in London, Killigrew is perhaps best known as the subject of a famous elegy by the poet John Dryden entitled To The Pious Memory of the Accomplish'd Young Lady Mrs. Anne Killigrew (1686). She was however a skilful poet in her own right, and her Poems were published posthumously in 1686. Dryden compared her poetic abilities to the famous...
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Henry Killigrew [4]

borndied
1613, Feb 111700, Mar 14
the fifth and youngest son of Robert Killigrew and his wife Mary. He was the younger brother of the dramatist Thomas Killigrew, and became chaplain and almoner to the Duke of York, and master of the Savoy after the Restoration. At the Restoration, he was appointed almoner to the Duke of York and the following year Master of the Savoy. A juvenile play of his,...
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Mary Ann Kilner

borndied
17531831
a prolific writer of children's books during the late eighteenth century. The most famous was The Adventures of a Pincushion (c. 1783). Together, she and her sister-in-law, Dorothy Kilner, published over thirty books. Mary Ann published under the name "S.S.", which stood for her home in Spital Square, London.
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Edward King

borndied
16121637
the subject of Milton's Lycidas, born in Ireland, a member of a Yorkshire family which had migrated to Ireland. Edward King was admitted a pensioner of Christ's College, Cambridge, on 9 June 1626, and four years later was elected a fellow. Milton, though two years his senior and himself anxious to secure a fellowship, remained throughout on terms of the clos...
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Henry King

borndied
15921669, Sep 30
an English poet and bishop. On 6 February 1639 he was made dean of Rochester, and on 6 February 1642, the day after the House of Lords had passed the bill to deprive the bishops of their votes, he became Bishop of Chichester; he was also presented to the rectory of Petworth in Sussex. King wrote many elegies on royal persons and on his private friends, who i...
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William King

borndied
16631712
an English poet. In 1688 he published Reflections upon Mons Varillas's History of Heresy, written with Edward Hannes, a confutation of Antoine Varillas's account of John Wycliffe. In 1699 he published A Journey to London and in 1700 he satirised the Royal Society -- or at least, Sir Hans Sloane, their president -- in two dialogues. Back in London, he publish...
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Thomas Hansen Kingo

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1634, Dec 151703, Oct 14
a Danish bishop, poet and hymn-writer born at Slangerup, near Copenhagen. His work marked the high point of Danish baroque poetry. At first he essayed patriotic poems, but later devoted himself almost entirely to writing hymns, and in 1674 the first part of his Aandelige Siunge-Koor ("Spiritual Song Choir") appeared; followed in 1681 by a second part. This w...
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Charles Kingsley

borndied
1819, Jun 121875, Jan 23
a broad church priest of the Church of England, a university professor, historian and novelist. He is particularly associated with the West Country and northeast Hampshire. He was a friend and correspondent with Charles Darwin. Kingsley's interest in history is shown in several of his writings, including The Heroes (1856), a children's book about Greek mytho...
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Gottfried Kinkel

borndied
18151882
a German poet also noted for his revolutionary activities and his escape from a Prussian prison in Spandau with the help of his friend Carl Schurz. Kinkel's Gedichte first appeared in 1843. His best works were the verse romances, Otto der Schütz, eine rheinische Geschichte in zwölf Abenteuern (1846), and Der Grobschmied von Antwerpen (1868). Among his othe...
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Joshua Kirby

aka: John Joshua Kirby
borndied
17161774
an English 18th-century landscape painter, engraver, writer, draughtsman and architect famed for his publications and teaching on linear perspective based on Brook Taylor's mathematics. From an early age he was very studious, but, showing special aptitude as an artist, he settled down to work as a painter in Ipswich and accepted commissions. He was particula...
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Robert Kirk

borndied
1644, Dec 91692, May 14
a minister, Gaelic scholar and folklorist, best known for The Secret Commonwealth, a treatise on fairy folklore, witchcraft, ghosts, and second sight, a type of extrasensory perception described as a phenomenon by the people of the Scottish Highlands. Folklorist Stewart Sanderson and mythologist Marina Warner call Kirk's collection of supernatural tales one ...
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William Senhouse Kirkes

borndied
1822, Jan 211864, Dec 8
an English physiologist noted for his reference work "Kirkes' Physiology" which first appeared in 1848. His most original work is a paper in the Transactions of the Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society of London (xxxv. 281 ) on "Embolism, or the carrying of blood-clots from the heart to remote parts of the body," a pathological process then just beginning t...
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Daniel Kirkwood

borndied
1814, Sep 271895, Jun 11
an American astronomer. Kirkwood was born in Harford County, Maryland to John and Agnes (née Hope) Kirkwood. He graduated in mathematics from the York County Academy in York, Pennsylvania in 1838. After teaching there for five years, he became Principal of the Lancaster High School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and after another five years he moved on to beco...
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Richard Kirwan

borndied
1733, Aug 11812, Jun 22
an Irish scientist. He was one of the last supporters of the theory of phlogiston. Kirwan was active in the fields of chemistry, meteorology, and geology. He was widely known in his day, corresponding and meeting with Lavoisier, Black, Priestley, and Cavendish.
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Leo von Klenze

bornactivedied
1784, Feb 291808-1840s1864, Jan 26
a German neoclassicist architect, painter and writer. Court architect of Bavarian King Ludwig I, Leo von Klenze was one of the most prominent representatives of Greek revival style. In many of his paintings ancient buildings were depicted. Those served as models for his own architectural projects. Klenze studied ancient architecture during his travels to Ita...
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Hedvig Eleonora Klingenstierna

borndied
1660unknown
a Swedish noblewoman. She was the first woman to give a lecture at a Swedish university. Daughter of the bishop of Gothenburg, Zacharias Klingius, who was ennobled as Klingenstjerna, she was known as "a savant in skirts" for her great learning. She wrote an oration in Latin and gave a lecture at Linköping University, something unique for her gender in the a...
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Friedrich Maximilian Klinger

borndied
1752, Feb 171831, Feb 25
a German dramatist and novelist. His play Sturm und Drang (1776) gave name to the Sturm und Drang artistic epoch. He was a childhood friend of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and is often closely associated with Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz. Klinger worked as a playwright for the Seylersche Schauspiel-Gesellschaft for two years, but eventually left the Kingdom of ...
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Friedrich August von Klinkowstrom

aka: Klinkowström
borndied
unknownunknown
a German artist, author and teacher from an old Pomeranian noble family. His early pictures as well showed a strong leaning towards the Roman Catholic Church. After two stints in the army, there came three quiet years of painting and literary work. He devoted himself particularly to children's books for which he provided designs and illustrations.
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Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock

borndied
1724, Jul 21803, Mar 14
a German poet. His best known work is his epic poem Der Messias (“The Messiah”). His service to German literature was to open it up to exploration outside of French models. His enrichment of the poetic vocabulary and his attention to prosody were of great service to the poets that immediately followed him. In freeing German poetry from the exclusive reig...
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Karl August Klupfel

aka: Klüpfel
borndied
1810, Apr 81894, Apr 11
a German historian and librarian. He was a son-in-law of writer Gustav Schwab. Beginning in 1828, he studied philosophy and theology at the University of Tübingen. In 1841 he began work as second librarian at the Universitätsbibliothek Tübingen, where from 1863 to 1881, he served as first librarian.
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John Leonard Knapp

borndied
1767, May 91845, Apr 29
an English botanist best known for his Journal of a Naturalist and his work on British grasses. In 1818 Knapp published anonymously a poem entitled "Arthur, or the Pastor of the Village," and between 1820 and 1830 a series of articles, under the title of ‘The Naturalist's Diary,’ in the almanac series ‘Time's Telescope.’
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Ralph Knevet

borndied
16001671
an English clergyman and poet. Knevet was an avowed disciple of George Herbert, and was described as a "learned and spasmodically talented poet". He wrote the play Rhodon and Iris dedicated to Nicholas Bacon and presented it at the Florist's Feast in Norwich on 3 May 1631. In 1633 he authored the MS. Supplement of the Faery Queene in Three Books. In 1637 he...
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Ekaterina Kniazhnina

aka: Knyazhnina
borndied
17461797
an 18th-century Russian poet. The daughter of Alexander Sumarokov, she was born Ekaterina Aleksandrovna Sumarokov and lived in St. Petersburg. She married Yakov Knyazhnin in 1770. She was one of the first Russian women to have poetry published in Russian journals. Kniazhnina was the hostess of an important literary salon. She was the first Russian woman to w...
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Adolph Freiherr Knigge

borndied
1752, Oct 161796, May 6
a German writer, Freemason, and a leading member of the Order of the Illuminati. Knigge's involvement with the Illuminati, support of the advancement of human rights, and a period of serious illness led to the loss of support of his aristocratic sponsors and finally his fortune. Knigge found a measure of financial stability again with a position in Bremen in...
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Anne Knight

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1792, Oct 281860, Dec 11
a Quaker children's writer and educationalist. Knight's verses are well crafted and her stories well told, but they exhibit a didacticism that does not suit modern tastes: 'Though these animals [rabbits] are so small,' continued Mrs. Gray, 'they are found very serviceable to man. Their flesh is good to eat, and the soft grey fur, growing close to the skin, i...
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Sarah Kemble Knight

bornactivedied
1666, Apr 191704-17051727, Sep 25
a teacher and businesswoman, who is remembered for a brief diary of a journey from Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony, to New York City, Province of New York, in 1704–1705, which provides us with one of the few first-hand-accounts of travel conditions in Connecticut during colonial times.
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Anthony Knivet

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unknown1591-1649unknown
an English sailor who fell into Portuguese hands in Brazil, lived for a while with a native Brazilian tribe, and wrote about his adventures after his eventual return to Britain. In 1591 he joined an English privateer, Thomas Cavendish, on a voyage aimed at raiding Portuguese holdings in Brazil. After Cavendish's men had raided the town of Santos and destroye...
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Sophie von Knorring

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1797, Sep 281848, Feb 13
a Swedish novelist and noble. She is regarded as a pioneer of the realistic novel in Sweden. Most of her novels are romantic love stories in an aristocratic environment.
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Thekla Knos

aka: Knös
borndied
1815, Jul 171880, Mar 10
a Swedish writer, poet and translator. Her poems centered around descriptions of the Uppsala of her childhood, heroic poetry in the style of the then fashionable Göticism, scenes from nature and everyday life and poems and songs for children in the idyllic and realistic style of the late romanticism. Her poems were successful and given good critics.
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Edward Knott

borndied
15821656
an English Jesuit controversialist, twice provincial of the Society of Jesus in England. He was ordained priest on 27 March 1606. He entered the Society of Jesus on 2 October the same year, and upon the expiration of his novitiate in 1608 he was appointed penitentiary in Rome. During 1626 he was a missioner in the Suffolk district. He was apprehended in 1629...
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John Knowles [1]

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unknown1646-1668unknown
an English antitrinitarian preacher, imprisoned in 1665. A short paper of arguments for the deity of Christ, sent by Eaton to Chester from Dukinfield, was published by Knowles in 1650, with his own reply. The imprimatur of Porter's pamphlet, entitled ‘A Serious Exercitation,’ is dated 26 December 1650, and by that time Knowles was ‘late preacher at Che...
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John Knowles [2]

borndied
17811841, Jul 21
the English biographer of Henry Fuseli, and author of works on Naval architecture. Knowles, born in 1781, early in life became a clerk in the surveyor's department of the navy office. He attained the chief clerkship there about 1806, and held this post until 1832. He published two or three works on naval matters, including The Elements and Practice of Naval ...
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John Knox

borndied
1513 ca1572, Nov 24
a Scottish clergyman, theologian, and writer who was a leader of the Protestant Reformation and is considered the founder of the Presbyterian denomination in Scotland. He is believed to have been educated at the University of St Andrews and worked as a notary-priest. Influenced by early church reformers such as more
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Kobayashi Issa

borndied
1763, Jun 151828, Jan 5
a Japanese poet and lay Buddhist priest of the Jodo Shinshu sect known for his haiku poems and journals. He is better known as simply Issa, a pen name meaning Cup-of-tea. He is regarded as one of the four haiku masters in Japan, along with Basho, Buson and Shiki - "the Great Four, Basho, Buson, Issa, Shiki". Reflecting the popularity and interest in Issa as ...
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Jan Kochanowski

borndied
15301584, Aug 22
a Polish Renaissance poet who established poetic patterns that would become integral to the Polish literary language. He is commonly regarded as the greatest Polish poet before Adam Mickiewicz, and the greatest Slavic poet prior to the 19th century. Kochanowski never ceased to write in Latin; however, his main achievement was the creation of Polish-language ...
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Dorde Markovic Koder

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18061891, Apr 30
a Serbian poet born in Austrian Empire. Misunderstood, largely forgotten and often considered a marginal figure in Serbian poetry, criticized for his cryptic style littered with incomprehensible words and obscure metaphors, Koder was nevertheless a unique phenomenon in the 19th century Serbian literature, sometimes cited as the first Serbian modernist. In 18...
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Jan Philip Koelman

aka: Johan
borndied
18181893
a Dutch painter, sculptor, writer and teacher, involved during part of his life in revolutionary activity. He attended Cornelis Kruseman's studio together with other artists of this period, such as Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff, David Bles and Herman ten Kate. Between 1846 and 1851 Koelman lived in Rome, to where he travelled for artistic purposes, but where h...
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Leopold Kompert

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1822, May 151886, Nov 23
a Bohemian Jewish writer. He was born in Mnichovo Hradište, Bohemia, and died in Vienna. Kompert began his literary activity in the Pressburger Zeitung. From 1848 to 1852 he was editor of the Österreichischer Lloyd. As creator of ghetto literature he was called The Auerbach of the ghetto. His stories depicting the life, customs, and manners of the Bohemian...
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Henry Koster

aka: Henrique da Costa, Henri Koster
borndied
1793 ca1820, May 15
an English coffee-grower, explorer and author who spent most of his short adult life in Brazil, writing about his travels, slavery, and other subjects. While in Brazil, he pursued a particular study of the institution of slavery there, travelling widely, and began to write books about his experiences that were published in London. His works are considered th...
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Michal Dymitr Krajewski

aka: Dymitr M. Krajewski
borndied
1746, Sep 81817, Jul 5
a Polish writer and educational activist of the times of the Enlightenment in Poland. His 1784 book Podolanka became the most debated and published Polish novel of that year, and his next book, Wojciech Zdarzynski, is considered to be the first Polish science-fiction novel. His first book published in 1784, was the Podolanka wychowana w stanie natury, zycie ...
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Ignacy Krasicki

borndied
1735, Feb 31801, Mar 14
the Prince-Bishop of Warmia and from 1795 Archbishop of Gniezno (thus, Primate of Poland), was Poland's leading Enlightenment poet ("the Prince of Poets"), a critic of the clergy, Poland's La Fontaine, author of the first Polish novel, playwright, journalist, encyclopedist, and translator from French and Greek. His most notable literary works were his Fabl...
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Vasili Krasovsky

borndied
17821824
a Russian writer. Krasovsky studied at the gymnasium of the Imperial Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg. From 1804 through 1813 Krasovsky was the secretary of the St. Petersburg Censorship Committee. In 1801, Krasovsky was one of the founding member of the Free Society of Lovers of Literature, Science, and the Arts He stopped attending meetings in 1805 on...
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Valentin Krautwald

borndied
14651545
a German religious reformer, lector of theology at Liegnitz, and colleague of Caspar Schwenckfeld. In particular Krautwald influenced Schwenckfeld's doctrine of the Eucharist. It was unacceptable to Luther, who attacked Krautwald in a pamphlet of 1526. The controversy drew in the Breslau bishop Jakob von Salza, without a resolution in sight. Schwenckfeld cho...
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Johann Tobias Krebs [2]

borndied
1718, Dec 161782, Apr 6
a German scholar of classical literature and Hebrew literature. He wrote Decreta Romanorum pro Judaeis facta e Iosepho collecta et commentario historico-grammatico-critico illustrata, based on Josephus. He was also an editor of Hesiod (1746). He was rector of Grimma. He was a pupil of Johann August Ernesti.
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Sebastian Krelj

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15381567, Dec 25
a Slovene Protestant reformer, writer, pastor, linguist and preacher and regarded as one of the most educated Slovene Protestants of the 16th century. Krelj had a wide linguistic and philologic knowledge: besides Slovene, German and Latin, he knew Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Croatian and Glagolitic literature. Krelj put the central dialect into context of dialect...
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Ivan Krylov

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1769, Feb 131844, Nov 21
Russia's best known fabulist and probably the most epigrammatic of all Russian authors. Formerly a dramatist and journalist, he only discovered his true genre at the age of 40. While many of his earlier fables were loosely based on Aesop's and La Fontaine's, later fables were original work, often with a satirical bent.
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Boris Kurakin

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1676, Jul 301727, Oct 28
the third permanent Russian ambassador abroad and one of the closest associates of Peter the Great. He was also the tsar's brother-in-law, being married to a sister of Eudoxia Lopukhina. Kurakin was one of the best-educated Russians of his day, and his autobiography, carried down to 1709, is an historical document of the first importance. He intended to writ...
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Thomas Kyd

borndied
1558, Nov1594, Aug
an English playwright, the author of The Spanish Tragedy, and one of the most important figures in the development of Elizabethan drama. Although well known in his own time, Kyd fell into obscurity until 1773. The success of Kyd's plays extended to Europe. Versions of The Spanish Tragedy and his Hamlet were popular in Germany and the Netherlands for generati...
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Morris Kyffin

borndied
1555 ca1598
a Welsh author and soldier. Kyffin wrote two dedicatory poems to works by Sir Lewis Lewknor. His best known works are the poem The Blessedness of Britayne (1587) an the first translation into English of Terence's comedy Andria (1588). In the same year he was appointed surveyor of the muster rolls to the English army in the Low Countries and in 1592 he was vi...
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Sir Francis Kynaston

aka: Kinaston
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15871642
an English lawyer, courtier, poet and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1621 to 1622. He is noted for his translation of Geoffrey Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde into Latin verse (as rime royal, Amorum Troili et Creseidae Libri Quinque, 1639). He also made a Latin translation of Henryson's The Testament of Cresseid. Kynaston also contributed to...
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Kyrillos III Loukaris

bornactivedied
unknown1601-1620unknown
Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria for the Greek Orthodox Church (1601-1620). He co-authored many letters, homilies and theological essays. At a local Synod in Cairo , he condemned the Latin propaganda against the Christians of Egypt. He approached the Protestant Christians of the West, in order to restrain the activities of proselytism of the Roman Catholic ...
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