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H. Rider Haggard 1856 – 1925

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Sir Henry Rider Haggard, better known as H. Rider Haggard, was an English writer of adventure novels.  He was born in 1856 and died in 1925.

He was born at Bradenham, Norfolk.  In his youth Haggard traveled to South Africa to work in the British government.  Later he would draw upon his experiences and knowledge of Africa as a writer.  He married Marianna Louisa Margitson in 1880.  The couple had a son named Jack (who died of measles at age 10) and three daughters, Angela, Dorothy and Lilias.

King Solomon’s Mines, one of his most famous books, was published in 1885 and introduced the character of Allan Quatermain.

Out of the dark we came, into the dark we go. Like a storm-driven bird at night we fly out of the Nowhere; for a moment our wings are seen in the light of the fire, and, lo! we are gone again into the Nowhere. ~ King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

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The Novels of H. Rider Haggard

Dawn
The Witch’s Head
King Solomon’s Mines
She
Allan Quatermain
Jess
A Tale of Three Lions
Maiwa’s Revenge, or the War of the Little Hand
Colonel Quaritch, VC
Cleopatra
Beatrice
The World’s Desire
Eric Brighteyes
Nada the Lily
An Heroic Effort
Montezuma’s Daughter
The People of the Mist
Heart of the World
Joan Haste
The Wizard
Doctor Therne
Swallow: A Tale of the Great Trek
Lysbeth
Pearl Maiden
Stella Fregelius: A Tale of Three Destinies
The Brethren
Ayesha: The Return of She
The Way of the Spirit
Benita
Fair Margaret
The Ghost Kings
The Yellow God
The Lady of Blossholme
Morning Star
Queen Sheba’s Ring
Red Eve
The Mahatma and the Hare
Marie
Child of Storm
The Wanderer’s Necklace
The Holy Flower
The Ivory Child
Finished
Love Eternal
Moon of Israel
When the World Shook
The Ancient Allan
She and Allan
The Virgin of the Sun
Wisdom’s Daughter
Heu-Heu
Queen of the Dawn
The Treasure of the Lake
Allan and the Ice-gods
Mary of Marion Isle
Belshazzar

 

Kate Chopin 1850 – 1904

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Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin’s maiden name was O’Flaherty.  She was born on February 8, 1850 in St. Louis, Missouri.  In 1870 she married Oscar Chopin.  During the course of their marriage they  had six children.  The family initially lived in New Orleans.  Later they moved to Cloutierville.

Oscar Chopin died of malaria in 1882 and left Kate with a great deal of debt.  In 1884 Kate and her children moved back to St. Louis to live with Kate’s mother.  Sadly, Kate’s mother died the next year.

The death of her husband and mother in such a short span of time hit Kate hard.  A family friend suggested that she take up writing as a way to deal with her depression.  By the early 1890s Chopin’s work was being published in magazines in newspapers.  Her best-known work, The Awakening, was published in 1899.

Kate Chopin died on August 22, 1904.

She was becoming herself and daily casting aside that fictitious self which we assume like a garment with which to appear before the world. ~ The Awakening by Kate Chopin

William Shakespeare 1564 – 1616

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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor.  His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was baptised on April 26, 1564 and died on April 23, 1616.  While his exact date of birth is unknown, historians believe it to be April 23, 1564.

At the age of 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway.  They had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Sometime between 1585 and 1592, Shakespeare began a career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a theatrical company called the Lord Chamberlain’s Men.  The company later changed its name to the King’s Men.

It’s believed that in 1613 Shakespeare retired to Stratford.  He died there three years later.

There are few records of Shakespeare’s private life.  That’s lead to much speculation about his physical appearance, sexuality, religious beliefs and the authenticity of works attributed to him.

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Comedies by William Shakespeare

Histories by William Shakespeare

Tragedies by William Shakespeare

Partial List of Poems by William Shakespeare

 

Seven Facts about Mary Elizabeth Braddon

December 16, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Guest post by Lucy Adams

Mary Elizabeth BraddonLiterature has a way of preserving memories, entertaining a reader, and teaching valuable lessons to generations. People who have written it may have long been dead yet living because of their captivating pieces. Such was the case of Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1835-1915), an English novelist in the Victorian era. Here are more facts about her life and work:

  1. Braddon’s parents were separated – Her mother, Fanny, left her husband when Braddon was only four. The major reason for the move was infidelity. During that time, being a single mother was very rare.
  2. She was well educated – Braddon was privately educated in England and France.
  3. Mary Elizabeth Braddon was also an actress – Besides writing, Braddon was an actor. Her motivation was the fact that her family was going through financial difficulties. She supported her mother with the money that she raised. The acting career lasted for 8 years. Because of the controversy involved in being an actress,   she took a stage name-Mary Seyton.
  4. She had famous mentors – Just like many great people, Braddon had mentors to offer her the advice and help that she needed to thrive in her career. The most prominent ones were John Gilby and Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
  5. Braddon was one of the founders of “sensation fiction” – Along with Willkie Collins and Ellen Wood (Mrs. Henry Wood), Braddon was responsible for the genre of sensation fiction. Her most popular sensational novel was the Lady Audrey’s Secret (1862).
  6. She founded a magazine – In 1866, Braddon founded the Belgravia magazine. She presented sensational novels, travel narratives fashion its and poems among other literary works to the audience.
  7. She had a controversial love life – In 1860, Braddon met John Maxwell. She moved in with him the next year, despite the fact that he was already married. Upon the death of the first wife, in 1874, the couple got married.

Certainly, Mary Elizabeth Braddon was a great writer and was able to overcome many odds in her life. She rose above these problems and is still famous today.

Phoebe Marks was a person who never lost her individuality. Silent and self-constrained, she seemed to hold herself within herself, and take no color from the outer world. ~ Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon


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Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

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Edith Wharton QuotesEdith Wharton was an American novelist, short story writer, and designer. She’s best knows for her Pulitzer-winning novel, The Age of Innocence as well as Ethan Frome and The House of Mirth.

Edith Newbold Jones was born in New York City in 1862.  Her family was wealthy.  In fact the saying “keeping up with the Joneses” is said to refer to her father’s family.

She was always interested in writing.  Wharton began her first novel at eleven.  When she was 15 she was published for the first time.  (It was a translation of a German poem.) Later she would go on to write fifteen novels, seven novellas, eighty-five short stores as well as poems and non-fiction.

In 1885 she married Edward (Teddy) Robbins Wharton.  He shared her love of travel. Sadly, their travels ceased because of Edward’s acute depression.  Later his metal health grew worse.  Edith divorced him in 1913 after 28 years of marriage.

During World War One she lived in Paris and was involved in humanitarian projects.   In 1914 Wharton opened a workroom for unemployed women that provided food and employment.  She was involved in the American Hostels for Refugees organization as well as the Children of Flanders Rescue Committee.

Edith Wharton knew many of the well-known people of her time.  This includes Henry James, Sinclair Lewis, Theodore Roosevelt, Bernard Berenson, and Kenneth Clark.

“Half the trouble in life is caused by pretending there isn’t any.” ~ The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Novels and Novellas by Edith Wharton

The Touchstone, 1900
The Valley of Decision, 1902
Sanctuary, 1903
The House of Mirth, 1905
Madame de Treymes, 1907
The Fruit of the Tree, 1907
Ethan Frome, 1911
The Reef, 1912
The Custom of the Country, 1913
Bunner Sisters, 1916
Summer, 1917
The Marne, 1918
The Age of Innocence, 1920
The Glimpses of the Moon, 1922
A Son at the Front, 1923
Old New York: False Dawn, The Old Maid, The Spark, New Year’s Day, 1924
The Mother’s Recompense, 1925
Twilight Sleep, 1927
The Children, 1928
Hudson River Bracketed, 1929
The Gods Arrive, 1932
The Buccaneers, 1938 (unfinished)
Fast and Loose: A Novelette, 1938 (written in 1876–1877)

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Anne Bronte 1820 – 1849

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Anne Bronte
Anne Bronte was an English novelist and poet.  She’s best known as the author of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Agnes Grey.

Anne worked as a governess.  She was employed by the Ingham family at Blake Hall and later by the Robinson family at Thorp Green Hall.   The Hall was the inspiration for Horton Lodge in Agnes Grey.

Anne and her sisters Charlotte and Emily were all writers. In 1846 their joint work,  Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell  was published.  Anne was Action Bell.  Charlotte was Currer Bell and Emily was Action Bell. The pseudonyms hid the sisters’ gender while preserving their initials.

September of 1848 through May of 1849 was a dark time for the Bronte family.  Bramwell Bronte, the only boy of the Bronte siblings, passed away in September.  Emily Bronte passed in December of 1848.  Lastly, Anne passed away in May of 1849. Her final poem was entitled A dreadful darkness closes in.

The end of religion is not to teach us how to die, but how to live. ~ Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

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Five Facts About E. M. Forster (1879 – 1970)

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E. M. Forster QuotesEdward Morgan Forster, known as E. M. Forster, was an English writer.  His best known works include A Room with a View, Howards End and A Passage to India.

  1. Forster was born on January 1, 1879.  Sadly, his father died  of tuberculosis in 1880. Forster was raised by his mother and his paternal aunts.
  2. Forster inherited a great deal of money from a paternal aunt  who passed away in 1887.
  3. In the 1930s and 1940s Forster was a broadcaster on BBC Radio
  4. Forster died of a stroke on June 7, 1970 in Coventry. He was 91.
  5. Maurice was published posthumously. Its homosexual themes caused some controversy as Forster’s sexual preferences weren’t widely known previously.

Life is easy to chronicle, but bewildering to practice. ~ A Room With A View by E. M. Forster

Novels by E. M. Forster

Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905)
The Longest Journey (1907)
A Room with a View (1908)
Howards End (1910)
A Passage to India (1924)
Maurice (written in 1913–14, published posthumously in 1971)

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Anthony Trollope 1815-1882

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Anthony Trollope
Anthony Trollope (April 24, 1815 – December 6, 1882) was one of the most successful and prolific novelists of the Victorian era. Among his best-known works is a series of novels collectively known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, which revolves around the imaginary county of Barsetshire.

Trollope was born in London.  His father, Thomas Anthony Trollope, was an unhappy man.  He wanted his sons to be raised as gentlemen, but didn’t have the means to make that happen. The money situation came to a head in 1834 when the entire Trollope family moved to Belgium to avoid being arrested for debt.

Later in 1834 Anthony accepted a position as clerk in the General Post Office in London. He worked for the postal system in various positions and locations until 1864.

Trollope wrote in his spare time and while traveling for his postal service job.  His finished his first novel, The Macdermots of Ballycloran, in 1845.

Ride at any fence hard enough, and the chances are you’ll get over. The harder you ride the heavier the fall, if you get a fall; but the greater the chance of your getting over. ~ Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

The Novels in the Chronicles of Barsetshire are:

  • The Warden (1855)
  • Barchester Towers (1857)
  • Doctor Thorne (1858)
  • Framley Parsonage (1861)
  • The Small House at Allington (1864)
  • The Last Chronicle of Barset (1867)

Palliser Novels

  • Can You Forgive Her? (1865)
  • Phineas Finn (1869)
  • The Eustace Diamonds (1873)
  • Phineas Redux (1874)
  • The Prime Minister (1876)
  • The Duke’s Children (1880)

Other Novels by Anthony Trollope

  • The Macdermots of Ballycloran (1847)
  • The Kellys and the O’Kellys (1848)
  • La Vendée: An Historical Romance (1850)
  • The Three Clerks (1858)
  • The Bertrams (1859)
  • Castle Richmond (1860)
  • Orley Farm (1862)
  • The Struggles of Brown, Jones & Robinson (1862)
  • Rachel Ray (1863)
  • Miss Mackenzie (1865)
  • The Belton Estate (1866)
  • The Claverings (1867)
  • Nina Balatka (1867)
  • Linda Tressel (1868)
  • He Knew He Was Right (1869)
  • The Vicar of Bullhampton (1870)
  • Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite (1871)
  • Ralph the Heir (1871)
  • The Golden Lion of Granpère (1872)
  • Harry Heathcote of Gangoil (1874)
  • Lady Anna (1874)
  • The Way We Live Now (1875)
  • The American Senator (1877)
  • Is He Popenjoy? (1878)
  • John Caldigate (1879)
  • An Eye for an Eye (1879)
  • Cousin Henry (1879)
  • Ayala’s Angel (1881)
  • Doctor Wortle’s School (1881)
  • The Fixed Period (1882)
  • Kept in the Dark (1882)
  • Marion Fay (1882)
  • Mr. Scarborough’s Family (1883)
  • The Landleaguers (1883)
  • An Old Man’s Love (1884)

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Charlotte Bronte 1816 – 1855

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Charlotte Bronte
Charlotte Bronte was born on April 21, 1816 in Yorkshire.  She was the eldest of the three famous Bronte sisters.  (Anne and Emily were the other two.)  Charlotte is best known as the author of Jane Eyre.

Charlotte, Emily and Anne initially published their work using pen names.  They were Currer (Charlotte), Ellis (Emily) and Acton (Anne) Bell. The pseudonyms hid the sisters’ gender while preserving their initials.

In 1854 Charlotte married Arthur Bell Nicholls.  Their courtship was turbulent.  Charlotte initially refused Arthur’s marriage proposal.  Even after Charlotte accepted his proposal her father was not convinced it was a good match.  He was concerned about Nicholls’s poor financial status.  Eventually all the obstacles were cleared.  They married on June 29, 1854.

Sadly, Charlotte died soon after the marriage.  She passed on March 31, 1855.  Her death certificate lists the cause of death as tuberculosis. However  some biographers suspect that she died from complications connected with the fact that she was pregnant.

To see and know the worst is to take from Fear her main advantage. ~ Villette by Charlotte Bronte

I remembered that the real world was wide, and that a varied field of hopes and fears, of sensations and excitements, awaited those who had courage to go forth into its expanse, to seek real knowledge of life amidst its perils. ~ Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Novels by Charlotte Bronte

  • Jane Eyre
  • Shirley
  • Villette
  • The Professor

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Frank Herbert the Author of Dune

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Frank Herbert’s full name was Frank Patrick Herbert, Jr.  He was born on October 8, 1920 in Tacoma, Washington. He’s best known for his novel Dune.  Before he became a popular author he worked as a newspaper journalist, photographer, short story writer, book reviewer, ecological consultant and lecturer.  He died on February 11, 1986.

Dreamer of Dune: The Biography of Frank HerbertTo learn more about Frank Herbert, and there’s tons more to know, check out Dreamer of Dune: The Biography of Frank Herbert.  The book is written by Herbert’s son, Brian.  If you’re a fan of Dune you’re sure to love it.  You’ll also enjoy the book if you’re an aspiring writer or someone trying to make a new start in life.  Frank Herbert didn’t always have an easy road to travel. What he had was intellect, a strong work ethic, a unique vision and that made for one extraordinary life.  I loved this book and highly recommend it.

A fan of Dune said to me about this book, “The way that Brian presented his father, warts and all, reminded me of Dune Messiah.  Not that Brian was tearing down his father, but he presented both the good and bad about him.  I think that Frank Herbert wouldn’t have had it any other way.”

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. ~ Dune by Frank Herbert

Novels in the Dune Series by Frank Herbert:

  • Dune
  • Dune Messiah
  • Children of Dune
  • God Emperor of Dune
  • Heretics of Dune
  • Chapterhouse: Dune

 

 

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