Virgo (Sorted by Death Date Ascending)


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1. Hildegard von Bingen

Soundtrack | Breath of God

Vision (2009) is a film about her.

2. Ludovico Ariosto

Writer | The Madness of Roland

Alberto Savinio named his two children after two characters in Ariosto's poem "Orlando Furioso" (1516).

4. Henry Purcell

Soundtrack | Mr. Nobody

Howard Goodall described him as "the finest home-grown composer England produced before Edward Elgar".

5. Johann Pachelbel

Soundtrack | 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer

His most famous work, the Canon in D Major, is one of the most famous orchestral works.

6. Daniel Defoe

Writer | Robinson Crusoe on Mars

Born the eldest son and third child of James and Mary Defoe, Defoe received a very good education, as his father intended him to become a Presbyterian minister, but he chose to become a merchant instead. In 1684 he joined the army of the rebel Duke of Monmouth, but when the rebellion failed, Defoe ...

11. François-André Danican Philidor

Soundtrack | Tom Jones

He was an expert chess player. The Philidor Defense is named after him.

12. J.B. Borghi

Music Department | Anna

13. Joseph Wright

Self | Canvas

Joseph Wright was born on September 3, 1734 in Irongate, Derby, Derbyshire, England. He was married to Ann Swift. He died on August 29, 1797 in Queen Street, Derby.

14. Emanuel Schikaneder

Writer | The Magic Flute

Librettist, opera singer, actor, composer and impresario. He wrote the libretto for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera, "Die Zauberflote" (The Magic Flute), in which he sang and acted the role of Papageno.

15. Christoph Martin Wieland

Writer | Auf der Lesebühne der Literarischen Illustrierten

Christoph Martin Wieland, a famous German author of the literary enlightenment, was born in Oberholzheim, now Biberach, in South Germany. After education in several schools, mainly religious, he moved to Switzerland as the assistant of Bodmer, another famous author. After short stays again in ...

17. William Bligh

Writer | Biography

Captain (later Vice Admiral) William Bligh will be remembered as the infamous captain of the HMS Bounty. He went to sea at the age of 15 as sailing master to the famous explorer Captain James Cook on his 2nd voyage round the world (1772-4) aboard the HMS Resolution. It was he who discovered ...

18. John William Polidori

Writer | The Vampyre

John William Polidori (7 September 1795 - 24 August 1821) was an English writer and physician. He is known for his associations with the Romantic movement and credited by some as the creator of the vampire genre of fantasy fiction. His most successful work was the short story "The Vampyre" (1819), ...

19. Jacques Louis David

Art Department | Romantic Versus Classical Art

Painter. Subjects included Napoléon Bonaparte, Jean-Paul Marat, Queen Marie Antoinette while on her way to be executed, clergyman and political writer Abbé Sieyès, and Socrates.

21. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Soundtrack | Valkyrie

Johann Wolfgang Goethe was born on 28 August 1749 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany as son of a lawyer. After growing up in a privileged upper middle class family, he studied law in Leipzig from 1765 to 1768, although he was more interested in literature. As he was seriously ill, he had to interrupt ...

22. Luigi Cherubini

Soundtrack | Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Italian composer, conductor, teacher, administrator, theorist, and music publisher, active in France.

23. Georg Friedrich Treitschke

Writer | Fidelio

German librettist and translator.

29. Mary Shelley

Writer | Young Frankenstein

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (née Godwin; 30 August 1797 - 1 February 1851) was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel "Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus" (1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her...

30. James Fenimore Cooper

Writer | The Last of the Mohicans

Favorite writer of generations of Americans, Cooper was born on Tuesday, September 15th, 1789, and grew up on his family's huge wooded settlement, in Cooperstown, New York, which his father, William Cooper, a prominent Federalist, had founded before this son's birth. His days as a Yale student were...

33. Hippolyte Bis

Soundtrack | Match Point

Louis-Philippe made him a Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur.

34. Anna Maria Russell

Anna Maria Russell was born on September 3, 1783 as Anna Maria Stanhope. She was married to Francis Russell. She died on July 3, 1857.

37. Prince Albert

Writer | Queen Victoria's Empire

Prince Albert was born on August 26, 1819 in Coburg, Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, German Confederation as Franz Albrecht August Karl Emanuel von Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha. He was a writer, known for Queen Victoria's Empire (2001) and Queen Victoria's Children (2013). He was married to Queen Victoria. He died ...

39. Antonio Somma

Writer | Álarcosbál

Italian librettist.

41. Michael Faraday

Michael Faraday was an English scientist who contributed to the study of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. His main discoveries include the principles underlying electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism and electrolysis.

Although Faraday received little formal education, he was one of the most ...

42. August Blanche

Writer | I lifvets vår

Died suddenly of a heart attack while leading a procession of students through the streets to raise a statue to Swedish king Carl XII.

43. Henrik Hertz

Writer | King René's Daughter

Debuted as playwright in 1827 with "Hr. Burchardt og hans Familie".

47. Théophile Gautier

Writer | Madamigella di Maupin

Founded the doctrine of "Art for Art's sake," and proclaimed it in the preface to his 1835 novel "Mademoiselle de Maupin."

49. Sheridan Le Fanu

Writer | Vampyr

Was a lucid dreamer who incorporated his dreams into his stories.


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