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Evelyn Waugh—a fantastic writer of his own—once said “Mr. Wodehouse’s idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own.” Learn more about Wodehouse’s life and work.
Djuna (pronounced JOO-nah) Barnes, whose fictional writing was sometimes characterized by critics as incomprehensible or obscure, was at one time called, “The most famous unknown in the world.” Learn more about this American Modernist writer, poet and artist.
The man known as Lewis Carroll was really two people. Born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, he adopted Carroll as his pen name and wrote several novels including the now-beloved Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Learn more about the author and how his books came to be.
A Danish critic once said, “Andersen wrote more self-portraits than Rembrandt ever painted.” He was a great judge of character and had distinct insights into what motivated and entertained people. This knowledge of human behavior did not spring from him as innate awareness but rather his own struggl
Percy Bysshe Shelley was born August 4, 1792 in Sussex, England. He was the eldest son of Timothy and Elizabeth Shelley. Although not a largely known writer during his life, he would become an idol to generations of Gothic and Romantic authors after his death.
Dorothy Parker was an American poet, critic, satirist and short story writer known for her sharp wit. She was intimately involved in the New York literary life and the Hollywood movie scene.
Edward Lear is perhaps best known for his limericks and humorous poems published in “A Book of Nonsense”. However, he was also a very talented painter, and wrote serious poems expressing longing and loss. Learn more about this artist raised from poverty.
William Blake was born in London on November 28, 1757. He was a painter, poet and printmaker. His work did not become famous until after his death. He is now recognized as one of England’s most creative and influential artists.
John Milton was one of the most educated and influential writers of the seventeenth century. He was born in London on December 9, 1608. Read on to learn more about his life as both a statesman and a poet.
Kerouac’s life was an interesting one to say the least. Celebrated as a great American author, he ended up dying at a young age from chronic liver disease. Read about his life and learn why he was known as the King of the Beats.