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…
This fantastic writer would scoff at anyone who proclaims that politics should be kept away from literature. We’ve gathered 10 of her most insightful quotes here for your perusal…
As a young man working in an advertising agency Carey was introduced to authors such as Faulkner and Joyce and was inspired to pick up his own pen. Thanks to his job introducing him to a wide selection of writers, Carey got the literary education he lacked at school.
After thirteen years of writing, and rejection of four of his novels, he finally hit gold with his short story collection – The Fat Man in History (1974). He is still writing today, with his recent book A Long Way from Home (2018) is a passionate and critically-minded novel about living legacies of colonialism in Australia.
The award-winning writer is one of four authors to have won the Booker Prize twice- the others being Hilary Mantel, J. G. Farrell, and J. M. Coetzee.
After studying French for his degree at Oxford, Fowles taught English, first at The University of Poitiers in France and then on the Greek island of Spetsai. It was his time on this island that gave him the inspiration for his first novel “The Magus”. Read More
Chandler is considered the founder for his type of American detective genre, and is still an inspirational and influential author.
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” (US – UK). Her work has been translated into 21 languages and sold over a million copies worldwide. Read More
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 (US – UK). 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
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.