His 1998 novel The Hours won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and the 1999 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. It was later adapted to film starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore and won an Oscar in 2002.
Despite being one of many ‘bourgeois’ students who were initially expelled from university, Rand graduated Petrograd State University in October, 1924. After studying at State Technicum for Screen Arts in Leningrad, Rand decided to change her name to the one she is now know best for- Ayn Rand. She took influence for her forename either from Aino, a Finnish name, or from the Hebrew word ayin, which means “eye”.
As a child of 10 years old Ayn Rand collected stamps, stopped during her adult life, and took it back up as a hobby during her late middle age. Stamp collecting is not the first thing to come to mind when discussing Rand but it did become a major passion of hers.
Nabokov was born to a wealthy family in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on the 22nd of April 1899. His childhood was described as “perfect”, with Vladimir and his four siblings being afforded much of life’s luxuries and privileges. Vladimir was trilingual from an early age, and had access to an excellent education, and a great variety of reading material.
It was at his family’s home in Vyra that he discovered an entomology book in the attic, and the work of Maria Sibylla Merian sparked Valdimir’s initial interest in butterflies. This interest would develop into a passion that would stay with Vladimir for the rest of his life.
The British Broadcasting Corporation has joined forces with Pullman to create a fantastic adaptation of the novel for BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week. The radio adaptation is read by author, actor, and historian Simon Russell Beale. Some of you may know Simon from his appearances in Into The Woods as the Baker’s father, or as parts in Penny Dreadful in 2015-16, and The Hollow Crown back in 2012.
Now, a year later it’s announced that another collection of intimate letters are to be sold, including a prediction that one day America would have a black president. Read More
Their latest venture has been creating a piece of deep-learning artificial intelligence named for the writer Mary Shelley. Shelley the AI writer was raised on a Reddit thread r/nosleep in which budding writers add original creepy tales. Nourished with the most eerie tales on the internet, Shelley has moved on to collaborating with Twitter users to produce her own horror stories.