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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.
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.
Ted Hughes (August 17, 1930 – October 28, 1998) was Poet Laureate of England from 1984 until his death. The Times ranked him fourth on the list of Top 50 British Writers since 1945. He published numerous books of poetry, translations and children’s fiction.
Allen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was one of the most important poets of the mid-20th century. He was fundamental to the Beat movement and the Hippie revolution. From New York to San Francisco and around the world, Ginsberg challenged the establishment and opened minds.
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) achieved broad circulation and strongly influenced 20th century writers, but not until after her death. While alive, she traveled little, visited few people and communicated primarily through letters. Learn more about her interesting, yet reclusive life.
Robert Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was one of America’s greatest poets during the 20th century. I could deliver a long-winded history of his life and accomplishments, but I think everything you need to know about Frost can be found in Birches, which he published in 1916.
Luke has never seen the outside world, but instead lives in hiding. He is a forbidden third child and must remain hidden from the Population Police. Get an overview of the plot, characters and themes of “Among the Hidden”.
Existentialism can be best defined by going straight to the root of the word: exist. The philosophy is about human existence and our choices. It assumes there is no human nature, only what we do with our opportunities in life. Free will is a fact. We can do what we want, but must accept the results.
There are many women of the literary world that have become famous for their works. Here are eight female authors who left the world a different place: artists, revolutionists, idealists, introverts and goths.