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…
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.
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