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Fun Facts Friday: H.L. Davis

H.L. Davis (18 October, 1894 – 31 October, 1960) was a poet, novelist and short stories writer. Born in Oregon he lived in California and Texas. Davis’ books are not the typical romantic “western” fiction but are more realistic and ironic . Books by H.L. Davis The H.L. stands for Harold Lenoir. Davis’ father was […]

Fun Facts Friday: Elmore Leonard

American crime novelist Elmore Leonard (11 October, 1925 – 20 August, 2013) has been recently lost to the literary world. While his earlier novels were westerns, Mr. Leonard specialized in crime fiction putting cops and crooks in bizarre situations to get themselves out of. Books by Elmore Leonard While working at an advertising agency in […]

Fun Facts Friday: Louis Auchincloss

Louis Auchincloss (27 September, 1917 – 26 January, 2010) was an American novelist, lawyer, historian and essayist. Most of Mr. Auchincloss ‘books explore the private lives of the upper class (bankers, Wall St., lawyers, etc.) on the East Coast. Books by Louis Auchincloss Auchincloss was born in Lawrence, NY His last name is pronounced AW-kin-kloss […]

Fun Facts Friday: George R. R. Martin

While I’m not a big fan of fantasy books, I do love the movies and TV shows. Games of Thrones, the HBO show, has been a favorite of my wife and I since the third season (we watched the first and seconds seasons on demand and got hooked). The author George R. R. Martin was […]

Fun Facts Friday: Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl (13 September, 1916 – 23 November, 1990), the adored children’s author wrote 19 children’s books including James and the Giant Peach (196)1and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)

Fun Facts Friday: Robert Pirsig

Robert Pirsig (6 September, 1928) is mainly known for his book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values in which he tells of his of motorcycle trip he and his young son Chris from Minneapolis to San Francisco. The book explores western culture and analyzes forms of philosophy. Books by Robert […]

Fun Facts Friday: Mary Shelley

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (30 August, 1787 – 1 February, 1851) was an English author who is most widely known for her novel, Frankenstein. Image from http://frankensteinproject.wordpress.com/ More Books by Mary Shelley Mary’s mother died only 10 days after giving her birth. Mary didn’t have a formal education, however she made great use of her father’s […]

Fun Facts Friday: William Ernest Henley

William Ernest Henley (23 August, 1849 – 11 July, 1903) was an English editor, critic and poet. Mr. Henley is best remembered for his poem Invictus from 1875. Books by William Ernest Henley During Henley’s studies at Crypt Grammar School a commission was attempting to revive the school and appointed the academically distinguished T.E. Brown […]

Fun Facts Friday: Beatrice Schenk de Regniers

Beatrice Schenk de Regniers (16 August, 1914 – 1 March, 2000) was a beloved writer of children’s picture books. Books by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers The author’s last name is pronounced “drain-yay” One of de Regniers earliest memories is her mother reading folktales and fairytales every night. One of Beatrice’s favorite teacher was the sponsor […]

Fun Facts Friday: John Dryden

John Dryden (19 August, 1631 – 12 May, 1700) was an English playwright, literary critic and poet. Dryden was England’s first poet laureate and was also historiographer royal. Walter Scott called Dryden “Glorious John” A period in which Dryden dominated the literary life was called Age of Dryden Dryden was the oldest of 14 children […]

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