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Happy Birthday Gore Vidal + Advice for Writers

By ZODML on Thu, 03/10/2013 - 20:21

Gore Vidal

Happy birthday to Gore Vidal! The American writer who was famous for his essays, novels, screenplays and witty sayings was born on this day in 1925. Considered the Oscar Wilde of the 20th century, he shaped American public discourse through his lifelong criticism of the country's foreign policy and sharp cultural commentary, and also ran for public office twice.

Happy Birthday William Golding!

By ZODML on Thu, 19/09/2013 - 21:56

Happy Birthday William Golding

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William Golding, English writer, Nobel Laureate and Man Booker Prize winner, was born on September 19, 1911. Golding is best known for his 1954 dystopian novel The Lord of the Flies which depicts the fate of a group of schoolboys stranded on an island whose attempt to govern themselves ends in tragedy. Listed as one of TIME Magazine's 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005 and Modern Library's 100 Best Novels, it has become essential reading in schools across the world and has been adapted for film three times.

Happy Birthday Michael Ondaatje!

By ZODML on Fri, 13/09/2013 - 00:40

Michael Ondaatje

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Michael Ondaatje was born on September 12, 1943 in Sri Lanka. At the age of 11, he left home to attend boarding school in the UK, an experience retold in his book The Cat's Table. Although he was surrounded by the work of writers such as TS Eliot, Keats, and Shelley while at school, it was not until moving to Canada in 1962 that he began to compose pieces of his own, beginning with poetry and later, fiction. He has won many awards for his work, including the Canadian Governor General's Award for The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Left-handed Poems, and the Man Booker Prize for his best known work The English Patient, which was also adapted into an Oscar-winning film:

Happy Birthday, Christopher Robin Milne!

By ZODML on Wed, 21/08/2013 - 20:00


Christopher Robin Milne was born on August 21, 1920. The son of author A. A. Milne, he was the basis of the character Christopher Robin in his father's Winnie-the-Pooh stories and in two books of poems.


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