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10 Beautiful Quotes From The Hours

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Author Michael Cunningham was born on the 6th of November in 1952 in Cincinnati, Ohio. After studying English Literature at Stanford University , Cunningham attended the University of Iowa where he began writing short stories. One of his short stories “White Angel” was used later in his novel A Home at the End of the World.

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.

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The Private Lives of Authors: Ayn Rand

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Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum was born in St Petersburg on February the 2nd, 1905. She was the eldest of three daughters born to a bourgeois family, the head of which was their pharmacist father. Rand reportedly found school very dull and not at all challenging, and began writing at the age of 8.

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.

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The Private Lives of Authors: Vladimir Nabokov

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Vladimir Nabokov is best known as the author of the 1955 novel Lolita, in which a grown man is consumed by his passion for a 12 year old girl.

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.

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Philip Pullman’s Book of Dust Adapted for BBC Radio.

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After the drama of being published earlier than anticipated Philip Pullman’s newest novel, The Book of Dust: Volume 1 ‘La Belle Sauvage’ is well on the way to becoming a great success.

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.

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The Private Lives of Authors: H. P. Lovecraft

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Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born in 1890 on August 20th. As a child growing up in Rhode Island, US, he was a keen reader and it soon became clear that he was something of a prodigy. At the age of three Lovecraft would recite poetry, and by six was writing his own. After the early death of his father, and Lovecraft’s frequent illnesses kept him from school, his grandfather took on partial responsibility for the boy’s education. He encouraged his reading, and even sparked his interest in the darker themes of fiction by introducing him to gothic horror tales.

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Intimate Harper Lee Letters to be Sold

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A very short time after the death of Harper Lee last year it was announced that a collection of her letters was to be sold. The letters were auctioned off just six week after Lee’s death and in them she talked of her failing health, and other personal events.

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

Alan Moore Clashes with Northampton Council over Potential Library Closures

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Famed comic book writer, Alan Moore, best known for his work on Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and From Hell, has found himself battling against the Northampton council following the council’s plans to close local libraries. Moore has even gone as far as to threaten to halt filming on a TV project he’s working on that would have been filmed in Northampton. Read More

Shelley: the Artificially Intelligent Horror Writer.

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is best known for its programs in engineering and the physical sciences. Its researchers have recently been looking into varied subjects such as recycling plastics, early cancer detection, and cellular reprogramming for Alzheimer’s patients. Along with the more serious and groundbreaking medical studies, MIT researchers have also been pushing the limits of artificial intelligence.

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.

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