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Fun Facts Friday: DuBose Heyward

DuBose Heyward (31 August, 1885 – 16 June, 1940) was an American author, he wrote a 1925 novel called Porgy, which was turned into the opera Porgy and Bess. Books by DuBose Heyward* Heyward was born in Charleston, SC. One of the author’s ancestors, Thomas Heyward, Jr., was a judge who signed the Declaration of […]

Fun Facts Friday: Max Beerbohm

Max Beerbohm (24 August, 1872 – 20 May, 1956) was an English writer, and caricaturist. Books by Max Beerbohm* Beerbohm was the youngest of nine children. Among his half-siblings were, Herbert Beerbohm Tree, was a known actor when the writer was a child, author Constance Beerbohm, and explorer/author Julius Beerbohm. He signed his artwork as […]

Fun Facts Friday: John Hawkes

John Hawkes (17 August, 1925 – 15 May, 1998) and an American novelist. He is known for his novels The Lime Twig (1961) and The Beetle Leg (1951) among others. Books by John Hawkes* Mr. Hawkes was born in Stamford, CT. He raised in New York City and in Juneau, AK. During World War II, […]

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.

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