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Charles Dickens

Without doubt Charles Dickens (February 7, 1812 – June 9, 1870) was a literary phenomenon of his time. His unique writing style, astute observation of the societal hypocrisy, and a brilliant satire have made his novels world classics. He created such memorable characters as Ebenezer Scrooge, Pip, or Miss Havisham that have become iconic. Born in Portsmouth, England, Dickens was the second...

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Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Bronte (April 21, 1816 – March 31, 1855) was an English poetess and writer hiding her true name behind the nom de plume Currer Bell. Living in the Victorian era, her contemporaries considered Bronte woman first, artist second. To escape unnecessary criticism, Charlotte used a male name. She started writing poems in her teenage years the girl never imagined it to be her profession...

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Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe (September 13, 1660 – April 24, 1731) is one of the most prolific English writers of all times. Having approximately 200 pen names, he had written hundreds of works on politics, religion, crime, and psychology. The novel that brought this writer worldwide popularity is Robinson Crusoe, a story of a castaway who spent twenty-eight years on the desert island. And it had a huge...

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Dante Alighieri

Durante degli Alighieri (1265 – 1321), who is mostly known as Dante, was the most celebrated Italian writer of the Late Middle Ages. Credited as the person who rediscovered the Italian language, Dante provided an encyclopedic overview of t beliefs, values, and morals of the medieval times in his epic poem The Divine Comedy. It’s the main cornerstone in the evolution of the Italian...

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Edgar Allan Poe

The world of literature wouldn’t be the same without the contribution of the literary critic, poet and writer Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849). His ingenious poems and short stories explored feelings of despair, melancholy, and loss with fierce psychological intensity. An architect of the modern short story, Poe promoted storytelling as well as a detective...

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