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…
“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.
Described as one of the most important novelists of the 20th century, Doctorow wrote twelve novels during his lifetime including the award winning Ragtime (US – UK), Billy Bathgate (US – UK), and The March (US – UK), all of which place characters in well known historical settings. Doctorow used a range of narrative styles and was praised during his lifetime for his audacity to combat tough subject and the imagination he showed in his writing. Read More
Gregg LeFevre designed 48 unique images, duplicated to make 96 plaques, to be placed along both sides of the street so everyone has a chance to see them.
Wall Street Journal: “The quotes were selected during the 1990s by a panel that included representatives from the library; the Grand Central Partnership, which manages the Grand Central Business Improvement District; and the New Yorker magazine.”
Out of the 48 designs we chose 21 to show you here. Enjoy!
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