Fun Facts Friday: Samuel Smiles
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / December 23, 2016

Samuel Smiles (23 December, 1812 – 16 April, 1904) was a Scottish author of both fiction and non-fiction books. By George Reid – National Portrait Gallery: NPG 1377 While Commons policy accepts the use of this media, one or more third parties have made copyright claims against Wikimedia Commons in relation to the work from which this is sourced or a purely mechanical reproduction thereof. This may be due to recognition of the “sweat of the brow” doctrine, allowing works to be eligible for protection through skill and labour, and not purely by originality as is the case in the United States (where this website is hosted). These claims may or may not be valid in all jurisdictions. As such, use of this image in the jurisdiction of the claimant or other countries may be regarded as copyright infringement. Please see Commons:When to use the PD-Art tag for more information. See User:Dcoetzee/NPG legal threat for original threat and National Portrait Gallery and Wikimedia Foundation copyright dispute for more information. This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag is still required. See Commons:Licensing for more information., Public Domain, Link 1)      Mr. Smiles wa…

Fun Facts Friday: Lope Félix de Vega
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / November 25, 2016

Lope Félix de Vega (25 November, 1562 – 27 August, 1635) was a Spanish playwright, poet and novelist. The first signs of the author’s genius were in childhood, at age 5 he could read Spanish and Latin, at age 10 he was already translating from Latin. The author joined the Spanish navy in 1583 and saw action at the Battle of Ponta Delgada. He was commanded by Álvaro de Bazán, 1st Marquis of Santa Cruz, who would later become a close friend. After breaking up with his long time love, Elena Osorio (a married woman), de Vega launch bitter and cruel attacks on her and his family that he ended up serving an eight year sentence for libel, and a two banishment from Castile. Lope de Vega is still known as a key figures in the Spanish Golden Century of Baroque literature Cervantes nicknamed him “The Phoenix of Wits” and “Prodigy of Nature” due to the volume of his work Lope de Vega is regarded as one of the greatest dramatists in Western literature, his plays are still produced to this day around the world. There are over 3,000 sonnets, 3 novels, 4 novellas 9 epic poems, and about 500…

Fun Facts Friday: W.S. Gilbert
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / November 18, 2016

W.S. Gilbert (18 November, 1836 – 29 May, 1911) was an English poet, illustrator and dramatist. Mr. Gilbert is known for his collaboration with computer Sir Arthur Sullivan in musical theater. By Leslie Ward – Published in Vanity Fair, 21 May 1881; adjusted from [1] using colour cubes provided., Public Domain, Link The W.S. stands for William Schwenck. Mr. Gilbert’s father, also named William, was a naval surgeon and wrote short stories. Some of his stories were illustrated by his son. The young William traveled with his parents to German and Italy. In Naples he was kidnapped by brigands and ransomed back. He was a captain in the English militia Mr. Gilbert wrote criticism and humor pieces for London periodicals under the name of “Bab”, his childhood nickname. The first collaboration with Sullivan was for Thespis, or The Gods Grown Old – a Christmas piece. The show was so successful its run was extended. The 1870s were the peak collaborative years for Gilbert and Sullivan. Gilbert and Sullivan collaborated for over 20 years, but their relationship was severed due to finance. In 1907, Mr. Gilbert was knighted and retired to the country. He drowned in 1911. Zohar – Man of…

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