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7 Poetic Quotes from W. H Auden

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Anglo-American poet Wystan Hugh Auden was born in York on the 21st February 1907.

He graduated form Oxford in 1928 and after spending a year in Germany returned to the UK to become a teacher.

Possibly best known for his poem “Funeral Blues”, made famous by the film Four Weddings and a Funeral. He won the Pulizer Prize in 1947 for “The Age of Anxiety”. Read More

9 Amy Tan Quotes to Sum up Life and Love

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Amy Tan (19th February 1952) is an American writer with Chinese heritage whose works explore mother-daughter relationships and the Chinese American experience. Tan has written several novels and is best known for works such as The Joy Luck Club (also a major movie), and The Kitchen God’s Wife.

Born in Oakland, California to Chinese immigrants, John and Daisy Tan who escaped to America in order to get away from the Chinese Civil War. After school, Tan would receive a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English and linguistics before writing her first novel The Joy Luck Club (USUK). Read More

8 Brilliant Brendan Behan Quotes

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Brendan Francis Aidan Behan (9th February, 1923 – 20th March, 1964) was an Irish writer, novelist, poet and playwright, writing in both English and Irish. Behan is widely regarded as one of the great Irish writers and poets of all time.

Born in Dublin to a staunchly republican family, Behan became a member of the Irish Republic Army’s youth division at the age of fourteen, and joined the main IRA at 16, leading to him serving time in borstal and prison in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Read More

10 Marvellous Norman Mailer Quotes

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Norman Mailer was born on the 31st of January 1923 and died on the 10th of November in 2007.  Mailer was an American novelist, essayist, journalist, playwright, actor, film-maker, and political activist. He is perhaps best known for his novel The Naked and the Dead which was published in 1948 and The Executioner’s Song (1979) for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

His work has seen him win book prizes and renown in literary circles, and has given us many excellent quotes.

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10 Reflective Quotes By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria on the 15th of September 1977. The award-winning author published Half of a Yellow Sun in 2006 and the next year it received the Orange Prize for Fiction. The exquisitely written novel was also featured in the New York Times′s 100 Most Notable Books of the Year.

“Ugwu, a boy from a poor village, works as a houseboy for a university professor. Olanna, a young woman, has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos to live with her charismatic new lover, the professor. And Richard, a shy English writer, is in thrall to Olanna’s enigmatic twin sister. As the horrific Biafran War engulfs them, they are thrown together and pulled apart in ways they had never imagined. [It] is a novel about Africa in a wider sense: about the end of colonialism, ethnic allegiances, class and race – and about the ways in which love can complicate all of these things.”

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10 Quotes From The Unforgettable Nevil Shute

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Nevil Shute Norway  was born on the 17th of January, 1899 and died on the 12th of January, 1960. He was an English-Australian novelist and aeronautical engineer who spent his later years in Australia. He used his full name in his engineering career and ‘Nevil Shute’ as his pen name for his novels including On the Beach and A Town Like Alice.

Three of his novels were featured in the ‘Modern Library 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century’: A Town Like Alice at number 17, Trustee from the Toolroom at 27, and On the Beach at 56. Other notable dedications to Shute are two streets in Hampshire, UK that were named for him, as was one in Victoria, Australia.

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10 Mind-Bending Quotes From Dirk Gently

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Dirk Gently was created by Douglas Adams in the late 1980s. He featured in the novels Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (1987), The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul (1988), and the posthumously published and unfinished The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time (2001). 

Dirk Gently was born ‘Svlad Cjelli’ but changed his name to ‘Dirk Gently’ as his own, as he stated, had a “Scottish dagger feel to it”.His detective agency is characteristic of Douglas Adams’ quirky writing in that it is utterly out of the ordinary. Dirk runs the “holistic detective agency” making use of “the fundamental interconnectedness of all things” to solve crime and find people.

Two television adaptations have arisen throughout the years with the most popular currently being shown on Netflix and starring Samuel Barnett and Elijah Wood. Douglas Adams’ original novels are particularly difficult to adapt for the screen, however screenwriter Max Landis has managed to take the original energy of the books and created an exciting and mind bending series!

Here are ten of our favourite quotes from the original books- fans of the Netflix series will be pleased to notice how true to character Landis has been in moulding his own Dirk for the small screen, based on these Douglas Adams original lines.

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10 E. L Doctorow Quotes on Writing and Life

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Edgar Lawrence “E. L.” Doctorow (January 6, 1931 – July 21, 2015) was an American novelist and professor best known for his historical novels that stand as classics today.

Described as one of the most important novelists of the 20th century, Doctorow wrote twelve novels during his lifetime including the award winning Ragtime (USUK), Billy Bathgate (USUK), and The March (USUK), all of which place characters in well known historical settings. Doctorow used a range of narrative styles and was praised during his lifetime for his audacity to combat tough subject and the imagination he showed in his writing. Read More

Library Way In New York City

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While they walk to New York Public Library on East 41st Street in New York City, pedestrians are treated to literary-themed images inset along the sidewalk. The 96 illustrated bronze plaques depict various quotes from favourite authors and other notable figures.

Gregg LeFevre designed 48 unique images, duplicated to make 96 plaques, to be placed along both sides of the street so everyone has a chance to see them.

Wall Street Journal: “The quotes were selected during the 1990s by a panel that included representatives from the library; the Grand Central Partnership, which manages the Grand Central Business Improvement District; and the New Yorker magazine.”

Out of the 48 designs we chose 21 to show you here. Enjoy!

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10 Doris Lessing Quotes We Can All Relate To

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Doris May Lessing (22nd October 1919 – 17th November 2013) was a British novelist poet, playwright, and short story writer, best known for her novels including The Grass is Singing (USUK), and The Golden Notebook (USUK).

An early feminist, Lessing was awarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007, described by the Swedish Academy as “that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny”. When met on the street by journalists and told she had won the prize, she responded “Oh, Christ!”. Read More