Writers: a personal selection

by johndavies007 | created - 23 Oct 2018 | updated - 25 Oct 2018 | Public

Not found on imdb: David Ray Griffin, Dafydd ap Gwilym, Li Po/Bai, Naguib Mahfouz, Po Chu-i, Halina Poswiatowska, Jean Racine, Kate Roberts, WG Sebald, Edward Thomas, Gwyn Thomas, R.S. Thomas, Alfred Russel Wallace, Opal Whiteley

Favourite books:

The Wind in the Willows- Grahame Love in the Time of Cholera- Marquez The Little Prince- St Exupéry Tom Jones- Fielding The Wind up Bird Chronicle- Murakami The Rings of Saturn- Sebald My Uncle Napoleon- Pezeshkzad Jacques le Fataliste- Diderot House of the Spirits- Allende Street of Crocodiles- Schwarz The Pillow Book- Shonagon I am a Cat- Soseki Manon Lescaut- Prévost Snow Country- Kawabata The Dark Philosophers- Gwyn Thomas Macbeth- Shakespeare Nature Diary- Whiteley Cutting it Short- Hrabal Madame Bovary- Flaubert The Garden of Forking Paths- Borges Evening Clouds- Shono Jude the Obscure- Hardy Tristram Shandy- Sterne Anna Karenina- Tolstoy 1984- Orwell Alice in Wonderland- Carroll Treasure Island- Stevenson Slaughterhouse Five- Vonnegut Master and Margarita- Bulgakov Phedre- Racine Tales- Miyazawa Our Mutual Friend- Dickens Crime and Punishment- Dostoevsky Beware of Pity- Zweig The Rainbow- Lawrence Stalingrad- Beevor The Summer Book- Jansson The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes- Doyle The Life of Pi- Martel The Tale of Peter Rabbit- Potter Under Milk Wood- Dylan Thomas Tea in the Heather- Roberts Pride and Prejudice- Austen The Miracle of Mindfulness- Thich Nhat Hanh Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind- Suzuki Invention of Morel- Casares + I Have Not Forgotten You, about her Congo childhood and wartime experiences, by my dear friend Andrée Dumon.

1. Jane Austen

Writer | Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen was born on December 16th, 1775, to the local rector, Rev. George Austen (1731-1805), and Cassandra Leigh (1739-1827). She was the seventh of eight children. She had one older sister, Cassandra. In 1783 she went to Southampton to be taught by a relative, Mrs. Cawley, but was brought ...

2. James Baldwin

Writer | I Am Not Your Negro

James Baldwin was born on August 2, 1924 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer, known for I Am Not Your Negro (2016), If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) and American Playhouse (1981). He died on December 1, 1987 in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, France.

4. William Blum

Self | The National Security Forum

William Blum was born on March 6, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He died on December 9, 2018 in Virginia, USA.

5. Charles Bukowski

Writer | Barfly

Charles Bukowski, the American poet, short-story writer, and novelist, was born Heinrich Karl Bukowski, Jr. in Andernach, Germany on August 1920. He was the son of Henry Bukowski, a US soldier who was part of the post-World War I occupation force, and Katharina Fett, a German woman. His father, his...

6. Lewis Carroll

Writer | Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles L. Dodgson, author of the children's classics "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass."

Born on January 27, 1832 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England, Charles Dodgson wrote and created games as a child. At age 20 he received a ...

7. Agatha Christie

Writer | Witness for the Prosecution

Agatha was born as "Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller" in 1890 to Frederick Alvah Miller and Clara Boehmer. Agatha was of American and British descent, her father being American and her mother British. Her father was a relatively affluent stockbroker. Agatha received home education from early childhood ...

8. Charles Dickens

Writer | Oliver!

Charles Dickens' father was a clerk at the Naval Pay Office, and because of this the family had to move from place to place: Plymouth, London, Chatham. It was a large family and despite hard work, his father couldn't earn enough money. In 1823 he was arrested for debt and Charles had to start ...

9. Emily Dickinson

Writer | Poetic Inspirations

Emily Dickinson, a shy, unassuming, educated woman, was a poet of extraordinary talent. During her lifetime, only seven of her poems were published, although upon her death, she had written an amazing 2,000 poems. Many of these were not finished. Her grandfather, Samuel Fowler Dickinson, was one of...

10. Denis Diderot

Writer | Les dames du Bois de Boulogne

One of the most prominent French philosophes and the author of "L'Encyclopédie", Diderot was born in 1713, the son of a cutler. An ardent student of classical literature, he attended the University of Paris, from which he received a master of the arts degree in 1732. A radical freethinker, Diderot ...

11. John Donne

Writer | Bright Hair

Distant ancestor of actress Jane Greer.

12. Arthur Conan Doyle

Writer | Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland as Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle. He was a writer and producer, known for Sherlock Holmes (2009), Sherlock (2010) and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984). He was married to Jean Leckie and Louisa Hawkins. He died on July 7, 1930 ...

13. Odysseas Elytis

Soundtrack | Mia aioniotita kai mia mera

Nobel Prize in Literature in 1979.

14. Euripides

Writer | Le baccanti

Born on Salamis island around 484 BC, Euripides is considered the first professional writer in Athens. His dramas evolve around human passions and his interest lies in strong feelings of love, hate and revenge. Often also the gods themselves share the same low moral standards as the humans do. In ...

15. Henry Fielding

Writer | Tom Jones

Henry Fielding was born April 22nd 1707, the son of Edmund Fielding, an impoverished nobleman who spent most of his time in and out of various debtor's prisons. After the death of their mother, Henry and his seven siblings were taken in by their maternal grandmother. He was a wild and willful young...

16. Gustave Flaubert

Writer | Salammbo

Gustave Flaubert was born on December 12, 1821, in Rouen, Seine-Inférieure, France. His father was a Medical Doctor and practiced surgery in Rouen, in Hôtel-Dieu (where Flaubert was born). His mother was from an aristocratic Norman family. Young Flaubert received a good private education with ...

17. Thomas Hardy

Writer | Far from the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840 in Upper Bockhampton, Dorset, England. He was a writer, known for Far from the Madding Crowd (2015), Tess (1979) and Far from the Madding Crowd (1967). He was married to Florence Emily Dugdale and Emma Lavinia Gifford. He died on January 11, 1928 in Dorchester,...

18. Homer

Writer | Troy

Homer is the name traditionally ascribed to the brilliant Greek bard that authored, most notably, the Iliad and the Odyssey (Western civilization's first complete stories). Nothing concrete is known of his life, but he is traditionally thought to be blind and was probably born in either Chios or ...

19. Bohumil Hrabal

Writer | Ostre sledované vlaky

Bohumil Hrabal was born on March 28, 1914 in Brünn, Austria-Hungary as Bohumil Frantisek Kilian. He was a writer and actor, known for Closely Watched Trains (1966), Krasosmutnení and Television Theater (1953). He was married to Eliska Hrabalová. He died on February 3, 1997 in Prague, Czech ...

20. Victor Hugo

Writer | Les Misérables

Although Hugo was fascinated by poems from childhood on, he spent some time on the polytechnic university of Paris until he dedicated all his work to literature. He was one of the few authors who were allowed to reach popularity during lifetime and one of the leaders of French romance.

After the ...

21. Tove Jansson

Writer | Mumintrollet

Tove Jansson was born on August 9, 1914 in Helsinki, Finland as Tove Marika Jansson. She is known for her work on Mumintrollet (1969), Moomin (1990) and Comet in Moominland (1992). She died on June 27, 2001 in Helsinki.

22. Yasunari Kawabata

Writer | Sleeping Beauty

Yasunari Kawabata was born on June 11, 1899 in Osaka, Japan. He was a writer and actor, known for Sleeping Beauty (2011), Otome-gokoro - Sannin-shimai (1935) and A Page of Madness (1926). He was married to Hideko Keizo. He died on April 16, 1972 in Zushi, Kanagawa, Japan.

23. John Keats

Director | The Cavern Club: The Beat Goes On

John Keats was born as Jon Keats. He is a director and actor, known for The Cavern Club: The Beat Goes On (2019) and Hollyoaks (1995).

24. D.H. Lawrence

Writer | The Plainclothesman

David Herbert Lawrence was born in Nottinghamshire, England, 11 September 1885. His father was a coal miner, his mother a genteel woman who sought education and refinement for her son. Lawrence earned a university degree and taught school for a short time. While still a student he began to publish ...

25. Federico García Lorca

Writer | Shooting Bernarda

Federíco Garcia Lorca was born in the south of Spain (Andalusia) in 1898 and soon became the region's most famous artist. A poet, playwright, artist, musician and lecturer, he wrote groundbreaking plays such as 'Blood Wedding' and 'Yerma'. His support of the Spanish Republic in the 1930s led to his...

26. Amin Maalouf

Writer | Ports of Call

Amin Maalouf is a writer, known for Ports of Call, Notte senza fine (2004) and Leo the African.

27. Gabriel García Márquez

Writer | El año de la peste

Major Latin-American author of novels and short stories, a central figure in the so-called magical realism movement in Latin American literature. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982. Studied law and journalism in Bogotá and Cartagena. He began his career as a journalist in 1948, ...

28. John Milton

Writer | Paradise Lost

He was fully blind before the publication of "Paradise Lost."

29. Molière

Writer | Le bourgeois gentilhomme

Born between January 13 and January 15 of the year 1622, from a 25yo tapestry-maker, Jean Poguelin (who worked for the King of France from 1631), and a 20yo woman, Marie Cresé, in Paris, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin lost his mother when he was 10. From 1638 to 1640, he studied in the Jesuit college of ...

30. Haruki Murakami

Writer | Beoning

Haruki Murakami graduated from Waseda University, Tokyo, in 1975. Widely considered one of Japan's most important 20th-century novelists. His often solitary, withdrawn, and world-weary protagonists are generally stripped of Japanese tradition. Frequently called postmodern, his fiction, which often ...

31. Pablo Neruda

Writer | What Spring Does with the Cherry Trees

Pablo Neruda was the pseudonym of Chilean poet Ricardo Neftali Reyes Basualto. He was born in Parral, a little town in central Chile, but his family moved to Temuco City when he was just a few months old. It was there he showed interest in poetry and made his early works, and where he picked "Pablo...

32. George Orwell

Writer | Nineteen Eighty-Four

Born the son of an Opium Agent in Bengal, Eric Blair was educated in England (Eton 1921). The joined the British Imperial Police in Burma, serving until 1927. He then travelled around England and Europe, doing various odd jobs to support his writing. By 1935 he had adopted the 'pen-name' of 'George...

33. Wilfred Owen

Writer | The Burying Party

British poet Wilfred Owen was born in 1893 in Oswestry, Shropshire, England. He attended London University, but moved to France in 1913 to escape the harsh English winters, which were bad for his health. He secured a job in Bordeaux as a tutor for a wealthy family and wrote a poetry book, "Minor ...

34. Fernando Pessoa

Writer | Cinq et la peau

He had five half-siblings from his mother second marriage to João Miguel dos Santos Rosa: Henriqueta (1896), Madalena (1898), Luís Miguel (1900), João Maria (1903) and Maria Clara (1904).

35. Beatrix Potter

Writer | Peter Rabbit

Beatrix Potter was an English writer, illustrator, mycologist and conservationist. She is famous for writing children's books with animal characters such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Potter was born in Kensington, London. Her family was quite rich. She was educated by governesses. She did not have ...

36. Rainer Maria Rilke

Writer | René

Rainer Maria Rilke was born in Prague on the 4th of December 1878 as the son of a military man working with railroads. After he visited a military Upper School he tried to avoid the army and did the preparations for the final exams and the final exams in private. He went to university to study ...

37. Tadeusz Rózewicz

Writer | Drzwi w murze

Tadeusz Rózewicz was born on October 9, 1921 in Radomsko, Lódzkie, Poland. He was a writer and actor, known for Drzwi w murze (1974), Glos z tamtego swiata (1962) and Opadly liscie z drzew (1975). He was married to Wieslawa Kozlowska. He died on April 24, 2014 in Wroclaw, Dolnoslaskie, Poland.

38. José Saramago

Writer | Blindness

José Saramago was born on November 16, 1922 in Azinhaga, Golega, Portugal as José de Sousa Saramago. He was a writer, known for Blindness (2008), Enemy (2013) and O Evangelho Segundo Jesus Cristo. He was married to Pilar del Río and Ilda Reis. He died on June 18, 2010 in Lanzarote, Las Palmas, ...

39. William Shakespeare

Writer | M the Movie

William Shakespeare's birthdate is assumed from his baptism on April 25. His father John was the son of a farmer who became a successful tradesman; his mother Mary Arden was gentry. He studied Latin works at Stratford Grammar School, leaving at about age 15. About this time his father suffered an ...

40. Rabindranath Tagore

Music_department | Daruchini Dwip

Rabindranath Tagore was born on May 6, 1861 in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India. He is known for his work on Daruchini Dwip (2007), Charulata (1964) and Natir Puja (1932). He was married to Mrinalini Devi. He died on August 7, 1941 in Calcutta.

41. Alfred Lord Tennyson

Writer | The Charge of the Light Brigade

Alfred Lord Tennyson was born on August 6, 1809 in Somersby, Lincolnshire, England. He was a writer, known for The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), The Lady Clare (1919) and Naked Hearts (1916). He was married to Emily Sellwood. He died on October 6, 1892 in Aldworth, Surrey, England.

42. Thich Nhát Hanh

Actor | Obsessive Becoming

Thich Nhát Hanh was born on October 11, 1926 in Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam as Nguyen Xuan Bao.

43. Dylan Thomas

Soundtrack | Interstellar

Dylan Thomas was born at the start of the First World War in the "ugly, lovely town" of Swansea, an industrial, coastal town on the South Wales Coast. He published his first volume of poetry, "Eighteen poems" in 1934 and went on to write many more volumes of poetry as well as many short stories, ...

44. Leo Tolstoy

Writer | Anna Karenina

Count Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy was born on September 9, 1828, in his ancestral estate Yasnaya Polyana, South of Moscow, Russia. He was the fourth of five children in a wealthy family of Russian landed Gentry. His parents died when he was a child, and he was brought up by his elder brothers and ...

45. Mark Twain

Writer | Lionizing Murderers

Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri in 1835, grew up in Hannibal. He was a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River. Throughout his career, Twain served as a writer, lecturer, reporter, editor, printer, and prospector. Twain took his pen name from an alert cry used on his...

46. Voltaire

Writer | L'ingenuo

Future proponent for victims of injustice and tyranny during the years prior to the French Revolution, Voltaire (born François Marie Arouet on November 21, 1694 in Paris) was educated in Paris by the Jesuits. For a time he studied law, then decided to become a writer. Witty, thought-provoking and ...

47. Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Writer | Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was born on November 11, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for Slaughterhouse-Five (1972), General Electric Theater (1953) and Back to School (1986). He was married to Jill Krementz and Jane Marie Cox. He died on April 11, 2007 in New York City, ...

48. William Butler Yeats

Writer | Dancing at Lughnasa

William Butler Yeats was born on June 13, 1865 in Sandymount, County Dublin, Ireland, UK. He was a writer, known for Dancing at Lughnasa (1998), Echoes and Colette (2018). He was married to Georgiana Hyde-Lees. He died on January 28, 1939 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France.

49. Stefan Zweig

Writer | The Grand Budapest Hotel

Stefan Zweig was born on November 28, 1881 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He was a writer, known for The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948) and Crepúsculo. He was married to Charlotte E. Altmann and Friderike Maria Burger von Winternitz. He died on February 22, ...

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