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…
She was a prolific best-selling author and one of the most successful of the 20th century. She wrote 723 novels all of which were translated into around 38 languages, and in 1976 was entered in the Guinness World Records for the most novels published in that single year.
Cartland was a self-professed “expert on romance”, however as she became more conservative in her later years this became a focus for ridicule. Barbara’s first novels were considered shocking and risqué however her later books were relatively tame, often involving virginal heroines and were lacking in saucy situations.
Her popularity never wained, though, and she will always be known as the Dame of romantic fiction.
He certainly has a way with words and his sonnets remain some of his most popular work to date. Shakespeare’s sonnets were first published on the 20th of May in 1609, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe of London.
We have chosen a small selection of his works to share with you today…
Paulsen is a Young Adult literature writer and is best known for coming of age stories based in and around the wilderness. He writes primarily for teens, and is the author of over 200 books, more than 200 magazine articles and short stories, and has even written several plays.
The American Library Association awarded him the Margaret Edwards award in 1997 for his “significant and lasting” contribution in writing for teenagers. Three of Paulsen’s books (Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room) were also runners-up for the premier ALA annual book award for children’s literature, the Newbery Medal.
She was a prolific poet but fewer than 12 of her almost-1,800 poems were published during her life. There were conventional rules poets must follow at the time so much of her work was altered to fit this. Emily’s poems are unique for the era with their short lines, lack of titles, and use slant, or half, rhyme, as well as her unconventional use of punctuation and capitals. Her work often centres around dying, death, and immortality or imaginative natural imagery involving flowers, gardens, and paradise.
Here are ten of our favourite quotes from her works that inspire, provoke thought, or made us smile…
Robert’s life was far from simple, or easy, and this is reflected in his wise and intelligent musings within his work. It is difficult to condense such a fine body of work into a small blog but we hope we have done some justice to the great writer by choosing our favourite 10 quotes from Zen…
Here are 15 quotes about libraries from famous names you may recognise.
Beckett’s work often looked at the bleaker aspects of human existence and his use of black comedy and gallows humour can be seen throughout his work. Considered to be one of the last modernist writers, Beckett was one of the key figures in the Theatre of the Absurd, a post WWII designation for plays of absurdist fiction written during the late 1950s. Read More