The Roman poet Ovid was born on March 20th 43BC, living during the reign of the first Roman Emperor Augustus. His work is often described as the last love elegist, an erotic writer, and is best known for his epic Metamorphoses.
Ovid influenced an extensive range of writers through the years, from Shakespeare to James Joyce, and even Bob Dylan who borrowed lines for a handful of his songs.
To celebrate his birthday we have gathered some lines and quotes attributed to the great poet himself…
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
Achebe lived a fascinating life, growing up in South-Eastern Nigeria. He excelled at school and won a scholarship to study medicine but changed his studies to English Literature at University College, Ibadan. It was here he began writing stories, eventually gaining worldwide attention for his works. Read More
Ishiguro went on to study at the University of Kent, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy in 1978 and attaining his masters in creative writing in 1980.
Today Kazuo Ishiguro is best known for novels such as The Remains of the Day, and Never Let Me Go, and for his four Booker Prize nominations and his Nobel Prize in Literature. Today we’re bringing you some of our favourite quotes from the author, we hope you enjoy!
Camus was born in French Algeria to poverty stricken parents in the Belcourt region of Algiers. Despite his family’s poverty, and his mother’s illiteracy, Camus attended the University of Algiers where a bout of tuberculosis in 1930 ended his footballing career. From here he studied philosophy, presenting his first thesis in 1936, he would go on to write essays, novels and nonfiction works and his writings are still heavily studied today. Read More
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.
Here are ten of our favourite Forster quotes from various novels… Let us know if we have missed your most loved Froster quote.
Born in New Jersey, Parker had an unhappy childhood, leading to a long and unhappy relationship with her own father. She first became well known in 1918 when she stepped in for P. G Wodehouse writing theatre criticism for Vanity Fair. While her caustic wit was popular with readers, she was eventually terminated after her criticisms began to offend powerful theatre producers. Read More
She is best known for her book series Mary Poppins (1934) upon which the famous 1964 Disney movie was based. Another musical adaptation of the books and film was put on in the West End in 2004, and premiered on Broadway in 2006.
Reportedly inspired by Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie, Travers’ work is full of magic and humour, and perfect for adults and children alike.
Here are ten of her best quotes from the Mary Poppins novels.
Lehane has also won awards for his screenwriting, namely The Wire and Boardwalk Empire.
Here are ten of his best quotes taken from his novels and other writings.