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Katherine Philips (January 11, 1632 - June 22, 1664)
Katherine Philips (January 11, 1632 - June 22, 1664)
Katherine Philips, nee Katherine Fowler, pseudonym Orinda, (baptized January 11, 1632, London, England--died June 22, 1664, London), English poet who, as Orinda, the central figure in a literary group in Cardigan, Wales, wrote lyrics on..
Nellie McClung (October 20, 1873 - September 01, 1951)
Nellie McClung (October 20, 1873 - September 01, 1951)
Nellie McClung, original name Nellie Mooney, (born October 20, 1873, Chatsworth, Ontario, Canada--died September 1, 1951, Victoria, British Columbia), Canadian writer and reformer. After marrying in 1896, she became prominent in the..
Richard Austin Freeman (.. - September 30, 1943)
Richard Austin Freeman (.. - September 30, 1943)
Richard Austin Freeman, (born 1862, London--died Sept. 30, 1943, Gravesend, Kent, Eng.), popular English author of novels and short stories featuring the fictional character John Thorndyke, a pathologist-detective.Educated as a physician..
James Montgomery (November 04, 1771 - April 30, 1854)
James Montgomery (November 04, 1771 - April 30, 1854)
James Montgomery, (born Nov. 4, 1771, Irvine, Ayrshire, Scot.--died April 30, 1854, Sheffield, Yorkshire, Eng.), Scottish poet and journalist best remembered for his hymns and versified renderings of the Psalms, which are among the finest..
Freeman Wills Crofts (.. - April 11, 1957)
Freeman Wills Crofts (.. - April 11, 1957)
Freeman Wills Crofts, (born June 1879, Dublin--died April 11, 1957, Worthing, Sussex, Eng.), internationally popular Irish author of detective novels whose tight plots and exact and scrupulous attention to detail set new standards in detective-fiction..
Charles Follen Adams (April 21, 1842 - March 08, 1918)
Charles Follen Adams (April 21, 1842 - March 08, 1918)
Charles Follen Adams, (born April 21, 1842, Dorchester, Mass., U.S.--died March 8, 1918, Roxbury, Mass.), U.S. regional humorous poet, best known for his Pennsylvania German dialect poems.During the American Civil War he was wounded and..
Benito Jeronimo Feijoo y Montenegro (October 08, 1676 - September 26, 1764)
Benito Jeronimo Feijoo y Montenegro (October 08, 1676 - September 26, 1764)
Benito Jeronimo Feijoo y Montenegro, (born Oct. 8, 1676, Casdemiro, Spain--died Sept. 26, 1764, Oviedo), teacher and essayist, a leading 18th-century Spanish stylist.A member of the Benedictine order, he taught philosophy and theology..
Joanna Baillie (September 11, 1762 - February 23, 1851)
Joanna Baillie (September 11, 1762 - February 23, 1851)
Joanna Baillie, (born Sept. 11, 1762, Hamilton, Lanark, Scot.--died Feb. 23, 1851, Hampstead, London), poet and prolific dramatist whose plays, mainly in verse, were highly praised at a period when serious drama was in decline. Her Plays..
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Stephen Phillips (July 28, 1864 - December 09, 1915)
Stephen Phillips (July 28, 1864 - December 09, 1915)
Stephen Phillips, (born July 28, 1864, Summertown, Oxfordshire, England--died December 9, 1915, Deal, Kent), English actor and poet who was briefly successful as a playwright.Phillips was educated at Trinity College School, Stratford-upon-Avon,..
Johannes Linnankoski (October 18, 1869 - August 10, 1913)
Johannes Linnankoski (October 18, 1869 - August 10, 1913)
Johannes Linnankoski, pseudonym of Vihtori Peltonen, (born Oct. 18, 1869, Askola, Russian Finland--died Aug. 10, 1913, Helsinki), novelist, orator, and champion of Finnish independence from Russia; his works were instrumental in forming..
R.M. Ballantyne (April 24, 1825 - February 08, 1894)
R.M. Ballantyne (April 24, 1825 - February 08, 1894)
R.M. Ballantyne, in full Robert Michael Ballantyne, (born April 24, 1825, Edinburgh, Scot.--died Feb. 8, 1894, Rome, Italy), Scottish author chiefly famous for his adventure story The Coral Island (1858). This and all of Ballantyne's stories..
Lady Anne Barnard (December 08, 1750 - May 06, 1825)
Lady Anne Barnard (December 08, 1750 - May 06, 1825)
Lady Anne Barnard, nee Anne Lindsay, (born December 8, 1750, Balcarres House, Fifeshire, Scotland--died May 6, 1825, London), author of the popular ballad "Auld Robin Gray" (1771).In 1763 she married Sir Andrew Barnard and accompanied him..
Nicolas Antonio (July 28, 1617 - April 13, 1684)
Nicolas Antonio (July 28, 1617 - April 13, 1684)
Nicolas Antonio, (born July 28/31, 1617, Sevilla, Spain--died April 13, 1684, Madrid), first systematic historian of Spanish literature. His Bibliotheca Hispana appeared in two parts (Nova, 1672; Vetus, 1696). The first is a vast bibliography..
Henry Kingsley (January 02, 1830 - May 24, 1876)
Henry Kingsley (January 02, 1830 - May 24, 1876)
Henry Kingsley, (born January 2, 1830, Barnack, Northamptonshire, England--died May 24, 1876, Cuckfield, Sussex), English novelist and brother of Charles Kingsley. Henry is best known for Ravenshoe (1861), in which the hero fights in the..
Nien Cheng (January 28, 1915 - November 02, 2009)
Nien Cheng (January 28, 1915 - November 02, 2009)
Nien Cheng, (Yao Nien Yuan), Chinese dissident and memoirist (born Jan. 28, 1915, Beijing, China--died Nov. 2, 2009, Washington, D.C.), was imprisoned for more than six years (1966-73) during China's Cultural Revolution. In Life and Death..
Thomas B. Costain (May 08, 1885 - October 08, 1965)
Thomas B. Costain (May 08, 1885 - October 08, 1965)
Thomas B. Costain, in full Thomas Bertram Costain, (born May 8, 1885, Brantford, Ontario, Canada--died October 8, 1965, New York, New York, U.S.), Canadian-born American historical novelist.A journalist for many years on Canadian newspapers..
Samuel Lover (February 24, 1797 - July 06, 1868)
Samuel Lover (February 24, 1797 - July 06, 1868)
Samuel Lover, (born Feb. 24, 1797, Dublin, Ire.--died July 6, 1868, St. Helier, Isle of Jersey), Anglo-Irish novelist, songwriter, and painter. Privately educated, Lover fled his father's stockbroking office and became a successful painter,..
Mrs. Henry Wood (January 17, 1814 - February 10, 1887)
Mrs. Henry Wood (January 17, 1814 - February 10, 1887)
Mrs. Henry Wood, nee Ellen Price, (born Jan. 17, 1814, Worcester, Worcestershire, Eng.--died Feb. 10, 1887, London), English novelist who wrote the sensational and extremely popular East Lynne (1861), a melodramatic and moralizing tale..
Nikolay Ivanovich Novikov (May 08, 1744 - August 12, 1818)
Nikolay Ivanovich Novikov (May 08, 1744 - August 12, 1818)
Nikolay Ivanovich Novikov, (born April 27 [May 8, New Style], 1744, Bronnitsky, near Moscow, Russia--died July 31 [August 12], 1818, Bronnitsky), Russian writer, philanthropist, and Freemason whose activities were intended to raise the..
Juan Eugenio Hartzenbusch (September 06, 1806 - August 02, 1880)
Juan Eugenio Hartzenbusch (September 06, 1806 - August 02, 1880)
Juan Eugenio Hartzenbusch, (born Sept. 6, 1806, Madrid--died Aug. 2, 1880, Madrid), one of the most successful of the Spanish romantic dramatists, editor of standard editions of Spanish classics, and author of fanciful poetry in a traditional..
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We were put to Dickens as children but it never quite took. That unremitting humanity soon had me cheesed off.
Children
Dickens
Had
Humanity
Me
Never
Off
Put
Quite
Soon
Took
Were
It is conceivable that what is unified form to the author or composer may of necessity be formless to his audience.
Audience
Author
Composer
Form
His
May
Necessity
Unified
For awhile after you quit Keats all other poetry seems to be only whistling or humming.
After
Awhile
Humming
Keats
Only
Other
Poetry
Quit
Seems
Whistling
You
The voice of the majority is no proof of justice.
Justice
Majority
Proof
Voice
Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music.
Anything
Before
Dance
Kids
Learn
Music
Rhyme, that enslaved queen, that supreme charm of our poetry, that creator of our meter.
Charm
Creator
Enslaved
Meter
Our
Poetry
Queen
Rhyme
Supreme
If I waited till I felt like writing, I'd never write at all.
Felt
Like
Never
Till
Waited
Write
Writing
I believe very firmly that gay people of every stripe and age should be role models for all children, and that means interacting with them.
Age
Believe
Children
Every
Firmly
Gay
I believe
Interacting
Means
Models
People
Role
Role models
Should
The most difficult crime to track is the one which is purposeless.
Crime
Difficult
Most
Track
Which
While I don't satisfy my curiosity about the way I work, I'm terribly curious about the way other poets work. But I would think that's true about many of us.
About
Curiosity
Curious
Many
Other
Poets
Satisfy
Terribly
Think
True
Us
Way
While
Work
Woe to him that claims obedience when it is not due; woe to him that refuses it when it is.
Claims
Due
Him
Obedience
Refuses
Woe
The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference.
Basis
Between
Bridge
Difference
Emotional
Forms
Intellectual
Joy
Much
Physical
Psychic
Shared
Sharing
Them
An ass may bray a good while before he shakes the stars down.
Before
Down
Good
He
May
Shakes
Stars
While
People do connect me with James Bond simply because I happen to like scrambled eggs and short-sleeved shirts and some of the things that James Bond does, but I certainly haven't got his guts nor his very lively appetites.
Appetites
Because
Bond
Certainly
Connect
Does
Eggs
Got
Guts
Happen
His
James
James Bond
Like
It was such a lovely day I thought it a pity to get up.
Day
Get
Lovely
Pity
Thought
Up
I think 'The Color Purple' is so bursting with love, the need for connection, the showing of the need for connection around the globe.
Around
Bursting
Color
Connection
Globe
I think
Love
Need
Purple
Showing
Think
America, I've given you all and now I'm nothing.
America
Given
Nothing
Now
You
The god, it would appear, was frequently thought of as the physical progenitor or first father of his people.
Appear
Father
First
Frequently
God
His
People
Physical
Thought
Would
It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right.
Also
Fine
Honest
Important
Right
Thing
To be honest
Very
All your Western theologies, the whole mythology of them, are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent.
Based
Concept
Delinquent
God
Mythology
Senile
Them
Western
Whole
Your
Choose a wife rather by your ear than your eye.
Choose
Ear
Eye
Rather
Than
Wife
Your
Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.
Announce
Beginning
Begins
Bells
Century
Divisions
Even
Fire
Mark
Month
Mortals
Never
New
Off
In the last analysis, the individual person is responsible for living his own life and for 'finding himself.' If he persists in shifting his responsibility to somebody else, he fails to find out the meaning of his own existence.
Analysis
Else
Existence
Fails
Find
Finding
He
Himself
His
Individual
Individual person
Last
Life
Living
Television reporters aren't really called reporters. They are called researchers. And that's really all they are.
Really
Reporters
Researchers
Television
But time growing old teaches all things.
All Things
Growing
Growing Old
Old
Teaches
Things
Time
It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.
Even
Great
Great Men
Melancholy
Men
Poor
Relations
Truth
Let me remind you of the old maxim: people under suspicion are better moving than at rest, since at rest they may be sitting in the balance without knowing it, being weighed together with their sins.
Balance
Being
Better
Knowing
Maxim
May
Me
Moving
Old
People
Remind
Rest
Since
Sins
I don't believe in personal immortality; the only way I expect to have some version of such a thing is through my books.
Believe
Books
Expect
Immortality
Only
Personal
Some
Such A Thing
Thing
Through
Version
Way
When I found myself in the U.S., and the war was at full swing in Bosnia, I read for survival - it was a means of thought resuscitation.
Bosnia
Found
Full
Means
Myself
Read
Survival
Swing
Thought
War
Gifts must affect the receiver to the point of shock.
Affect
Gifts
Must
Point
Receiver
Shock

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