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Fun Facts Friday: Emma Lazarus

Emma Lazarus (22 July, 1849 – 19 November, 1887) was an American poet known for her 1883 sonnet The New Colossus which is inscribed on a bronze plaque being held by the Statue of Liberty. By T. Johnson – The New York Historical Society [1][2], Public Domain, 1)      Ms. Lazarus was one of seven […]

Fun Facts Friday: Clement Clarke Moore

Mr. Moore was an ardent opponent and protested against the development of the street grid as proposed by the government of New York. He thought it was a conspiracy to increase political patronage and appease the working class.

Fun Facts Friday: Charles Reade

Charles Reade (8 June, 1814 – 11 April, 1884) was an English dramatist and novelist. Mr. Read is best known for his novel The Cloister and the Hearth. “Charles Reade,” (1872)  illustrated by Frederick Waddy (1848–1901)  WorldCat –, Public Domain, 1)      Mr. Reade considered himself a dramatist and wanted that be firs on […]

Fun Facts Friday: George Sand

George Sand (1 July, 1804 – 8 June, 1876) was a French novelist and memoirist. By Eugène Delacroix – The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH., Public Domain, 1)      George Sand was the nom de plume of Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin. 2)      Maurice Dupin, her father, was […]

Fun Facts Friday: Ambrose Bierce

Bierce’s short story, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, was considered by Kurt Vonnegut as the greatest American short story

Fun Facts Friday: John Hersey

John Hersey (17 June, 1914 – 24 March, 1993) was a prize winning American writer. Mr. Hersey is considered to be one of the earliest practitioners of New Journalism. Books by John Hersey His parents were Protestant missionaries, he was born in Tientsin, China. Mr. Hersey can trace his roots back to William Hersey (Hercy) […]

Fun Facts Friday: Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak (10, June, 1928 – 8 May, 2012) was an American writer and illustrator best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are.

Fun Facts Friday: Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg  (3 June, 1926 – 5 April, 1997) was an American poet known for his controversial poem Howl. Mr. Ginsberg was a leading poet in the Beat Generation of the 1950s. By Harvey W. Cohen – (Original uploaded on en.wikipedia), CC BY-SA 3.0, 1) He was born in Newark, NJ. 2) His […]

Fun Facts Friday: Herman Wouk

Mr. Wouk said that the two most important influences on his life were his grandfather and the United States Navy

Fun Facts Friday: Honoré de Balzac

Honoré de Balzac (20 May, 1799 – 18 August, 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. He is known for his novels and short fictional stories and his keen eye for detail. By Nadar – Gallica –, Public Domain, 1)      As an independent thinker, Balzac had trouble adapting to the teaching style in […]

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