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Plass and Lucas on Tour. J. M. Barrie. Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM (9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937) was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan.

J. M. Barrie

The child of a family of small-town weavers, he was educated in Scotland. He moved to London, where he developed a career as a novelist and playwright. There he met the Llewelyn Davies boys who inspired him in writing about a baby boy who has magical adventures in Kensington Gardens (included in The Little White Bird), then to write Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, a "fairy play" about this ageless boy and an ordinary girl named Wendy who have adventures in the fantasy setting of Neverland. This play quickly overshadowed his previous work and although he continued to write successfully, it became his best-known work, credited with popularising the name Wendy, which was very uncommon previously.[1] Barrie unofficially adopted the Davies boys following the deaths of their parents.

Philip K. Dick. Personal life[edit] The family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Philip K. Dick

When Philip turned five, his father was transferred to Reno, Nevada. When Dorothy refused to move, she and Joseph divorced. Both parents fought for custody of Philip, which was awarded to the mother. Dorothy, determined to raise Philip alone, took a job in Washington, D.C., and moved there with her son. From 1948 to 1952, Dick worked at Art Music Company, a record store on Telegraph Avenue. Dick was married five times: Michael Crichton. Early life and education[edit] John Michael Crichton ("rhymes with frighten"[3]) was born on October 23, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois,[4][5][6][7] to John Henderson Crichton, a journalist, and Zula Miller Crichton.

Michael Crichton

He was raised on Long Island, in Roslyn, New York.[3] Crichton showed a keen interest in writing from a young age and at the age of 14 had a column related to travel published in The New York Times.[1] Crichton had always planned on becoming a writer and began his studies at Harvard College in 1960.[1] During his undergraduate study in literature, he conducted an experiment to expose a professor whom he believed to be giving him abnormally low marks and criticizing his literary style.[8] Informing another professor of his suspicions,[9] Crichton plagiarized a work by George Orwell and submitted it as his own.

He later described his Lange books as "my competition is inflight movies. Cris rogers - PRACTISING RESURRECTION. Henry Vollam Morton. Henry Canova Vollam Morton FRSL (known as H.

Henry Vollam Morton

V. William Cobbett. Early life and military career: 1763–1791[edit] William Cobbett's birthplace William Cobbett was born in Farnham, Surrey, on 9 March 1763, the third son of George Cobbett (a farmer and publican) and Anne Vincent.[1] He was taught to read and write by his father, and first worked as a farm labourer at Farnham Castle.

William Cobbett

He also worked briefly as a gardener at Kew in the King's garden.[2] He returned to England with his regiment, landing at Portsmouth 3 November 1791, and obtained discharge from the army on 19 December 1791. John Leland (antiquary) John Leland or Leyland (13 September, c. 1503 – 18 April 1552) was an English poet and antiquary.[2][3][4] Leland has been described as "the father of English local history and bibliography".[5] His Itinerary provided a unique source of observations and raw materials for many subsequent antiquaries, and introduced the county as the basic unit for studying the local history of England, an idea that has been influential ever since.

John Leland (antiquary)

Gerald of Wales. Gerald of Wales (c. 1146 – c. 1223), also known as Gerallt Gymro in Welsh or Giraldus Cambrensis in Latin, archdeacon of Brecon, was a medieval clergyman and chronicler of his times.

Gerald of Wales

Born ca. 1146 at Manorbier Castle in Pembrokeshire, Wales, he was of mixed Norman and Welsh descent; he is also known as Gerald de Barri. Early life[edit] Gerald was son of William FitzOdo de Barry (or Barri), the common ancestor of the Barry family in Ireland and one of the most powerful Anglo-Norman barons in Wales at that time.[1] He was a maternal nephew of David fitzGerald, the Bishop of St David's and a grandson of Gerald de Windsor (alias FitzWalter),[2] Constable of Pembroke Castle, and Nest the daughter of Rhys ap Tewdwr.

Through their mother, Angharad, Gerald and his siblings were closely related to Angharad's first cousin, Rhys ap Gruffydd, the Lord Rhys (Yr Arglwydd Rhys), and his family. Travels in Wales and Ireland[edit] Battle to become Archbishop of St David's[edit] William Gilpin (clergyman) Celia Fiennes. Claimed to be "the only permanent memorial in the whole country to the memory of Celia Fiennes",[1] this "Waymark" stands in No Man's Heath, Cheshire Pioneering traveller[edit] Fiennes never married.

Celia Fiennes

In 1691 she moved to London, where she had a married sister. Thomas Pennant. Thomas Pennant (14 June O.S. 1726 – 16 December 1798) was a Welsh naturalist, traveller, writer and antiquarian.

Thomas Pennant

He was born and lived his whole life at his family estate, Downing Hall near Whitford, Flintshire in Wales. As a naturalist he had a great curiosity, observing the geography, geology, plants, animals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish around him and recording what he saw and heard about. He wrote acclaimed books including British Zoology, the History of Quadrupeds, Arctic Zoology and Indian Zoology although he never travelled further afield than continental Europe. He knew and maintained correspondence with many of the scientific figures of his day. His books influenced the writings of Samuel Johnson. Daniel Defoe. Daniel Defoe (/ˌdænjəl dɨˈfoʊ/; c. 1660 – 24 April 1731),[1] born Daniel Foe, was an English trader, writer, journalist, pamphleteer, and spy, now most famous for his novel Robinson Crusoe.

Daniel Defoe

Defoe is notable for being one of the earliest proponents of the novel, as he helped to popularise the form in Britain, and, along with others such as Samuel Richardson, is among the founders of the English novel. A prolific and versatile writer, he wrote more than 500 books, pamphlets and journals on various topics (including politics, crime, religion, marriage, psychology and the supernatural).

He was also a pioneer of economic journalism.[2] Early life[edit] Daniel Foe (his original name) was probably born in the parish of St. New Testament. The New Testament (Koine Greek: Ἡ Καινὴ Διαθήκη, Hē Kainḕ Diathḗkē) is the second major part of the Christian biblical canon, the first part being the Old Testament. Although Christians hold different views from Jews about the Old Testament, Christians regard both the Old and New Testaments together as sacred scripture.

The contents of the New Testament deal explicitly with first-century Christianity. Therefore, the New Testament (in whole or in part) has frequently accompanied the spread of Christianity around the world. It reflects and serves as a source for Christian theology and morality. Both extended readings and phrases directly from the New Testament are also incorporated (along with readings from the Old Testament) into the various Christian liturgies. The Life and Work of John Keats (1795-1821) Into the Wardrobe - a C. S. Lewis web site. Roald Dahl - The Official Web Site.