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Joseph Brodsky

I studied Russian for a single year and I love the way the syllables round over the tongue. Take Brodsky’s full name for example: Iosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky. It tastes good. Brodsky defined himself as Jewish, a Russian poet, an English essayist, and an American citizen. Born in 1940 in Leningrad, Brodsky grew up in Soviet […]

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Judy Blume

I don’t know Judy Blume! I write that with some incredibility in every keystroke, because Judy’s books have sold over 80 million copies in 30 some languages. That is truly amazing! Judy Blume was born in 1938 in Elizabeth, New Jersey and dreamed on a life where she wasn’t a dentist like her father nor […]

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Fannie Flagg

Fannie Flagg, whose given name is Patricia Neal, is most famous for the novel and the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café”. Fannie was born in 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama, and Alabama plays an important in “Fried Green Tomatoes” and “I Still Dream about You”, which I recently read. Fannie Flagg started […]

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Joyce Carol Oates

She was born in 1938 and she is the author of more than 50 novels and numerous short stories, essays, and whatnot. Joyce Carol Oates is astonishing. Award-winning, but that goes without saying, but something I find interesting is, that she has a distance from her work, saying that she has thrown entire novels out […]

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Sherman Alexie

I appreciate finding quotations from authors or others, that I simply don’t know. The quotation by Sherman Alexie is one of them. Sherman was born in 1966 and has strong Native American ancestry. I’ve done a little research online, and I couldn’t help chuckle at the front page of Sherman’s own homepage. It says: My […]

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Honoré de Balzac

Honoré de Balzac was born in 1799. Balzac came from an up and coming family. His father was a self-made man who married for wealth. Balzac was privileged in many ways, but from what I have read, he did not seem content in his youth. After studying at Sorbonne, he was apprenticed in law, but […]

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Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker is one of whose name that I heard a number of times, but I know nothing really about Dottie Dear. The predominant image of Dorothy Parker is life of the party, fashionable, wisecrack, and probably provocative for her time (1893-1967). She published her first volume of poetry in 1926 (Enough Rope) and The […]

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Henry David Thoreau

”I have now a library of nearly 900 volumes over 700 of which I wrote myself.” Henry David Thoreau was not an instant success. The publisher of his first book returned just over 700 unsold volumes to Thoreau. Now on the other hand, Thoreau is an author, philosopher, and naturalist of international reclaim. From reading […]

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L. M. Montgomery

She was a prolific writer, writing 20 novels, 530 short stories, 500 poems, and 30 essays, and still Lucy Maud Montgomery is accredited with commenting that she had yet to produce her greatest work. L.M. Montgomery was born in 1874, and grew up with her maternal grandparents. She attained a teaching certificate and taught at […]

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Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce sounds like someone I would love to have a conversation with. He was intelligent, a satirist, journalist, writer and critic – and he lived through a tumultuous period of American history. Ambrose also called Bitter Bierce was born in a log cabin in Ohio in 1842 and even as a young man, he […]

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