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Fun Facts Friday: Laurence Binyon

Laurence Binyon (10 August, 1869 – 10 March, 1943) was a poet, dramatist and art scholar from England. Books by Laurence Binyon* Binyon won the Newdigate Prize for poetry in 1891 – he was still studying at Trinity College, Oxford at the time. After graduation in 1893, Mr. Binyon got a job at the Department […]

Fun Facts Friday: Leon Uris

Leon Uris (3 August, 1924 – 21 June, 2003) was an American author who is mostly known for his two historical fiction books Exodus and Trinity. Books by Leon Uris* The author was born in Baltimore, MD – son of a Polish immigrant. His father, Wolf William married Anna Blumberg, a first generation Russian American. […]

Fun Facts Friday: Giosuè Carducci

Giosuè Carducci (27 July, 1835 – 16 February, 1907) was a Nobel Prize winning Italian poet and author. The poet was brown in a small town in Tuscany. His father, a doctor, was very vocal about his politics advocating the unification of Italy. Due to his stand, Dr. Carducci had to move his family several […]

Fun Facts Friday: John Clare

John Clare (13 July, 1934 – 20 May 1864) was an English poet who wrote about the English countryside. Books by John Clare* As the son of a farmer, the poet worked in agriculture as a small boy, but attended school until the ripe old age of 12. Some of young Mr. Clare’s favorite books […]

Fun Facts Friday: Bessie Head

The Bessie head Heritage Trust and the Bessie Head Literature Awards were established in 2007

Fun Facts Friday: H. Rider Haggard

King Solomon’s Mines was written as part of a five-shilling bet Mr. haggard had with his brother. The bet was that he couldn’t write a novel half as good as Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Fun Facts Friday: Marguerite Yourcenar

Yourcenar taught herself Latin, ancient Greek, English, and Italian.

Fun Facts Friday: Colleen McCullough

Colleen McCullough (1 June, 1937 – 29 January, 2015) was an Australian author known for her novels including The Thorn Birds. Books by Colleen McCullough* The author was born in Wellington, a region of New South Wales, to father of Irish origins and a mother who was part Māori . The family moved around a […]

Fun Facts Friday: Robert Ludlum

Robert Ludlum (25 May, 1927 – 12 March, 2001) was an American author who is best known as the creator of Jason Bourne. Books by Robert Ludlum* Ludlum was born in New York City. He was an adopted child, but never found who his birth parents were. In 1951, the author earned a B.A. in […]

Fun Facts Friday: Mari Sandoz

Mari Sandoz (11 May, 1896 – 10 March, 1966) was a novelist, biographer and teacher from Nebraska. Ms. Sandoz wrote a lot about poisoner life and the Plains Indians. Image from http://www.marisandoz.org/events_activities/mari-sandoz-research-award/about-the-mari-sandoz-research-award.html Books by Mari Sandoz* Ms. Sandoz was the oldest of six children. Their parents with Swiss immigrants. As a child she worked hard […]

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