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” (US – UK), which was published in 1952. This story of a man’s search for identity, won him the National Book Award in 1953. Read More
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.
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
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 (US – UK). Read More
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
His work has seen him win book prizes and renown in literary circles, and has given us many excellent quotes.
“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.”
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.
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.