Fun Facts Friday: Giosuè Carducci
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / July 27, 2018

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 times. In college Mr. Carducci translated Book 9 of Homer’s Iliad into Italian. A year after graduation, while working as a teacher, he published his first collection of poetry, Rime. In 1859 the poet married Elvira Menicucci, the couple had four kids together. The poet was appointed as Italian professor at the university in Bologna. In 1906, Mr. Carducci was the first Italian to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. Carducci was also an Italian Senator. Even though he mostly known for his poems, Mr. Carducci also wrote a large amount of literary criticisms, biographies, speeches and essays (enough to fill 20 volumes). Casa Carducci, the house where the poet died in (at age 71) is now a museum. — Please like and follow —

Fun Facts Friday: Erik Karlfeldt
Latest Posts / July 20, 2018

Erik Karlfeldt (20 July, 1864 – 8 April, 1931) was a popular Swedish poet, member of the Swedish Academy, and winner of the 1931 Nobel Prize in Literature. Books by Erik Karlfeldt* The poet was born Erik Axel Eriksson on a family farm in Karlbo. In 1889 he changed his last name to Karlfeldt in order to distance himself from his father who was a convicted criminal. Karlfeldt is thought to be the name of his father’s farm. He published his first poetry collection in 1895. Karlfeldt taught school to support himself while studying in Uppsala University. After graduating, Mr. Karlfeldt worked for five years at the Royal Library of Sweden. In 1917 he received an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University. Karlfeldt was a member of the Swedish Academy, the Nobel Institute of the Academy, and that of the Nobel Committee. In 1931, the poet was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature posthumously. It is rumored that Mr. Karlfeldt was offered the Nobel Prize in 1919 but declined. Zohar – Man of la Book *Ama­zon links point to an affiliate account — Please like and follow —

Fun Facts Friday: John Clare
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / July 13, 2018

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 were Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and Izaak Walton’s The Compleat Angler. He started writing poems in an attempt to help his parents pay their rent. He read his poems to his parents, under the guise of reading the works of another. He threw away what they didn’t like and kept what they thought was good. Clare married Martha Turner (Patty) in 1820. Patty was in the service of the Marquess of Exeter for £45 a year. An amount Mr. Clare has never earned. Clare was torn between the literary world in London and the need to take care of his family. In 1835 Mr. Clare published his last work, The Rural Muse, which got favorable reviews. The money, however, was not enough for him, his wife and their seven children. As his mental health began to get worst, Mr. Clare admitted himself to Dr. Matthew…

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