George Orwell

George Orwell (named Eric Arthur Blair at birth), is a British writer, author of numerous essays, journalistic articles and one of the most controversial people of his time. He is the man who revolted against the society, the one he wanted to be part of so badly. He wrote about himself that he...

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Fyodor (Mikhailovich – patronym) Dostoevsky, is a Russian writer, whose name is enlisted to the greatest and most talented people of letters of the 20th century. Working in and establishing the style of existentialism and psychological realism for Eastern Literature, his novels, and...

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Life of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

This famous author was born in Spain in the year 1547. He is well-known as a novelist, poet, playwright, and, what is the most important – the creator of Don Quixote. After the novel saw the world, he became one of the most important Spanish...

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Francis Scott Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) is the writer who represents the entire epoch known as the jazz age. He rose to prominence at the age of 24 just after his debut novel, This Side of Paradise, was printed. But most of the acclaim came to him in the 1950s...

Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad – a son of Polish patriots, a man of three cultures

Joseph Conrad was an officer of the merchant navy, a novelist and a classic of English literature. Conrad was an English writer of Polish origin. He is considered as one of the most prominent English prose writers...

Vladimir Nabokov

Nabokov as the Russian and American writer, poet, translator, literary critic, and entomologist

 

He liked to emphasize that he was born "on the same day as Shakespeare and a hundred years after Pushkin, "mentioning the names and symbols of two great kinds of...

Jane Austen

Jane Austen is a British writer, who is often referred to as the woman who has shaped the way modern novels look like. She was the one to introduce ordinary life of regular people into her books. Despite the fact that Austen works were widely read and positively acclaimed during her lifetime...

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift who is also well-known by his pseudonym Isaac Bickerstaff was born in Dublin in November 30, 1667. This author is very popular even nowadays for his numerous exciting texts and prose. But the most popular text by which we know him is “Gulliver’s Travels” (1726)...

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...

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was a celebrated novelist, short story writer and a journalist whose influence on the literary world can’t be overestimated. His works have already become the classics taught at schools and universities. His adventurous personality and...

James Joyce

James Joyce is one of the most powerful and at the same time controversial figures in the English literature of the second half of the 20th century. His heritage still resonates with today’s generations not only in the English world, but also among the literary circles of Europe and the...

William Faulkner

William Cuthbert Faulkner was born on September 25, 1897, in Mississippi. To understand the background of his works and life one must get to know the history of his family. It could easily be called a typical “self-made” American family story.

William’s ancestors came...

Erich Maria Remarque

The recording angel of the Great War and an acclaimed German writer, Erich Maria Remarque (July 22, 1898 – September 25, 1917) was also a Hollywood celebrity. A boy from a strict Catholic family woke up popular after publishing his landmark novel All Quiet on the Western Front. A former...

Kate Chopin

Kate O'Flaherty (name in girlish years) was born February 8, 1850, in the city of St. Louis in the family of a businessman. Her father was an Irish immigrant, and the girl's mother had French roots, which enabled her to speak two languages. The girl was taught not only the languages...

Franz Kafka

Childhood and Early Years

The birth of the future popular author took place in Prague, in the Jewish ghetto. The boy was born on July 3rd, 1883, in Jews family. Franz's father named Herman Kafka earned his living by selling haberdashery. His family came from the Jewish community of...

Albert Camus

Albert Camus - French writer, winner of the Nobel Prize.

Albert Camus is French writer, dramatist, journalist, author of philosophical essays and Nobel Prize laureate. Camus was one of the most important authors and thinkers of the 20th century.

In...

J.R.R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien - the “father of big fantasy”

J. R. R. Tolkien is an iconic figure in world of literature and culture in general. He is an outstanding English writer, linguist, classic of world literature of the twentieth century and founder of the literary genre of fantasy...

Flannery O'Connor

You know some facts about Flannery O’Connor, but don’t understand who this woman was? This essay will help you to reveal some new facts in the biography of Flannery. She was one of the greatest southern writers, novelists and just personalities in the 20th century. Now we can open a...

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