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10 Excellent Raymond Chandler Quotes

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Raymond Chandler was born on the 23rd of July 1888, and died on the 26th of March 1959. He was an American novelist and screenwriter with many successful novels and works under his belt. After losing his job during the Great Depression, Chandler started writing detective fiction, and in 1933 his first short story Blackmailers Don’t Shoot, was published in a pulp magazine.

Chandler is considered the founder for his type of American detective genre, and is still an inspirational and influential author.

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8 Beautiful Quotes from Ahdaf Soueif

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Novelist and Commentator Ahdaf Soueif was born in Egypt on 23rd March 1950. She has since spent her life living between England and Egypt.

When Soueif first came to England at the age of four, it was with her Mother who was studying for her PHD in English Literature. She spent these early years surrounded by her Mother’s extensive library of English classics and world literature in translation. She believes this early introduction to reading, is why she writes her novels in English.

Ahdaf Soueif was the first Muslim woman to be shortlisted for the Booker prize for her novel “The Map of Love” (USUK). Her work has been translated into 21 languages and sold over a million copies worldwide. Read More

8 Lovely Quotes from Louis L’Amour

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Louis L’Amour (22nd March 1908 – June 10th 1988) was an American novelist and short story writer, writing mostly Western novels and frontier stories. During his lifetime L’Amour was a prolific writer, publishing stories from 1938 until his death. At the time of his death L’Amour had published 105 works and every one is still in print today. Read More

7 Philip Roth Quotes Full of Truth

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American Novelist Philip Milton Roth was born on the 19th March 1933.

Roth’s work, influenced by the likes of John Updike, William Faulkner and Franz Kafka, is mainly semi-autobiographical and set in his birthplace, Newark, New Jersey.

One of the most awarded novelists of his generation, Roth won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for his novel American Pastoral (USUK). This has since been made in to a film starring Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning, joining the list of seven of his other works that have also been adapted for the big screen. Read More

Stephen Hawking: A Life in Quotes

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Stephen Hawking (8th January, 1942 – 14th March, 2018) was a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author, and quite simply one of the most brilliant minds of our time. Trapped inside a body that did not work, Hawking is responsible for some of the greatest scientific knowledge of our time, earning a place along the greats such as Einstein, Newton and other legendary builders of science. Read More

10 Wry Quotes from Mickey Spillane

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Mickey Spillane was born Frank Morrison Spillane on the 9th of March in 1918 in Brooklyn, NY.

The American crime novelist wrote pulp detective fiction often featuring his detective character, Mike Hammer. The books were, and still are, very popular having sold more than 225 million copies internationally. Critics fought against some of the more sexually explicit and violet aspects of his books but Spillane knew what his fans liked, and more importantly to him, what they liked to pay for.

He died in South Carolina, US on the 17th of July in 2006, and his ashes were scattered in a creek near his home there.

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7 True Quotations from Ralph Ellison

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Ralph Waldo Ellison was born on 1st March 1914 in Oklahoma City and was educated at Tuskegee University Alabama. During his time at the University, Ellison worked in the library where he spent his free time reading the likes of James Joyce and Gertrude Stein.

Ellison moved to New York in 1936 where he wrote many reviews and short stories and first met Rosa Araminter Poindexter, who became his wife in 1938. It was, however, his second wife Fanny McConnell who supported him whilst he wrote his most famous work “Invisible Man” (USUK), which was published in 1952. This story of a man’s search for identity, won him the National Book Award in 1953. Read More

10 Wise Quotes by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born on the 28th of August 1749 and died on the 22nd of March 1832.

The German writer was best known for his drama Faust, however he was also an accomplished writer, philosopher, and scientist.

He wrote Metamorphosis of Plants (1790) and Theory of Colors (1810), and helped make great strides in natural sciences and inspired fellow scientists for many years after.

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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