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Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker
Abraham "Bram" Stoker (8 November 1847 – 20 April 1912) was an Irish novelist and short story writer, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned. Early life[edit] Stoker was born on 8 November 1847 at 15 Marino Crescent, Clontarf, on the northside of Dublin, Ireland.[1] His parents were Abraham Stoker (1799–1876), from Dublin, and Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornley (1818–1901), who was raised in County Sligo.[2] Stoker was the third of seven children, the eldest of whom was Sir Thornley Stoker, 1st Bt.[3] Abraham and Charlotte were members of the Church of Ireland Parish of Clontarf and attended the parish church with their children, who were baptised there. Stoker was bedridden with an unknown illness until he started school at the age of seven, when he made a complete recovery. Early career[edit] Lyceum Theatre[edit]

Douglas Adams Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English writer, humorist, and dramatist. Adams also wrote Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (1987) and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988), and co-wrote The Meaning of Liff (1983), The Deeper Meaning of Liff (1990), Last Chance to See (1990), and three stories for the television series Doctor Who. A posthumous collection of his work, including an unfinished novel, was published as The Salmon of Doubt in 2002. Adams became known as an advocate for environmentalism and conservation, and also as a lover of fast cars, cameras, technological innovation, and the Apple Macintosh. Early life[edit] Adams was born on 11 March 1952 to Janet (née Donovan) and Christopher Douglas Adams in Cambridge, England.[4] The following year Watson and Crick famously first modelled DNA at Cambridge University, leading Adams to later quip he was DNA in Cambridge months earlier. Education[edit] Career[edit] Writing[edit]

Bernard Cornwell Biography[edit] Cornwell was born in London in 1944. His father was a Canadian airman, and his mother was English, a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. He was adopted and brought up in Thundersley, Essex by the Wiggins family, who were members of the Peculiar People, a strict sect who were pacifists, banned frivolity of all kinds and even medicine. After he left them, he changed his name to his mother's maiden name, Cornwell. Cornwell was sent to Monkton Combe School. Career[edit] As a child, Cornwell loved the novels of C. Cornwell and wife Judy co-wrote a series of novels, published under the pseudonym "Susannah Kells". In June 2006, Cornwell was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's 80th Birthday Honours List.[7] Novel series[edit] The Sharpe stories[edit] Cornwell's best known books feature the adventures of Richard Sharpe, an English soldier during the Napoleonic Wars. The Warlord Chronicles[edit] The Grail Quest novels[edit] The Saxon Stories[edit]

The Saxon Stories The following novels are now available: Style[edit] The series is frequently compared to The Warlord Chronicles, not only because of similarities between the two protagonists (both were orphaned), but also in the similarities between the foreign menace in the form of the Danes in The Saxon Stories and the Saxons in The Warlord Chronicles. The main character, Uhtred of Bebbanburg (the old Saxon name of Bamburgh Castle), is an old man telling tales of events that took place decades earlier, starting from his childhood and going on, his story intertwining with the story of the British Isles in the end of the ninth century. Bernard Cornwell mentioned in the historical notes at the end of The Lords of the North that he intended to continue writing The Saxon Stories. References[edit] See also[edit] Anglo-Saxon warfare

Hermann Hesse Biography[edit] Family background[edit] Hermann Hesse was born on 2 July 1877 in the Black Forest town of Calw in Württemberg, German Empire. His parents served in India at a mission under the auspices of the Basel Mission, a Protestant Christian missionary society. Hesse's birthplace, 2007 Hesse's father, Johannes Hesse, the son of a doctor, was born in 1847 in the Estonian town of Paide (Weissenstein). Hesse grew up in a Swabian Pietist household, with the Pietist tendency to insulate believers into small, deeply thoughtful groups. Childhood[edit] From childhood, Hesse appeared headstrong and hard for his family to handle. St. Hermann Hesse's grandfather Hermann Gundert, a doctor of philosophy and fluent in multiple languages, encouraged the boy to read widely, giving him access to his library, which was filled with the works of world literature. Young Hesse shared a love of music with his mother. Education[edit] Becoming a writer[edit] Between Lake Constance and India[edit]

The Warlord Chronicles The Warlord Chronicles is a trilogy of books about Arthurian Britain written by Bernard Cornwell. The story is written as a mixture of historical fiction and Arthurian mythology. The books have been published by Penguin and Michael Joseph in the United Kingdom and by St Martin's Press in the United States, in hardcover and paperback editions, each with different ISBNs. Books in the trilogy[edit] Treatment of legend and history[edit] Once upon a time, in a land that was called Britain, these things happened ... well, maybe. Like other "historical" takes on the Arthurian legends, the series postulates that Post-Roman Britain was a difficult time for the native Britons, being threatened by invasion from the Anglo-Saxons in the East and raids from the Irish in the West. The story is written as if it took place in Dark Age Britain as described in the original Welsh legends, with appropriate types of technology, culture, warfare, and attitudes. [edit] Other editions[edit] References[edit]

Luis Fernando Verissimo Origem: Wikipédia, a enciclopédia livre. Luis Fernando Verissimo (Porto Alegre, 26 de setembro de 1936) é um escritor brasileiro. Mais conhecido por suas crônicas e textos de humor, mais precisamente de sátiras de costumes, publicados diariamente em vários jornais brasileiros, Verissimo é também cartunista e tradutor, além de roteirista de televisão, autor de teatro e romancista bissexto. Já foi publicitário e copy desk de jornal. Biografia[editar | editar código-fonte] Formação[editar | editar código-fonte] Nascido em Porto Alegre, Luis Fernando viveu parte de sua infância e adolescência nos Estados Unidos, com a família, em função de compromissos profissionais assumidos por seu pai - professor na Universidade de Berkeley (1943-1945) e diretor cultural da União Pan-americana em Washington (1953-1956). Primeiros trabalhos[editar | editar código-fonte] De volta a Porto Alegre em 1956, começou a trabalhar no departamento de arte da Editora Globo. Homem de ideias[editar | editar código-fonte]

J. R. R. Tolkien John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE (/ˈtɒlkiːn/ TOL-keen;[a] 3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. He served as the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon and Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford, from 1925 to 1945 and Merton Professor of English Language and Literature and Fellow of Merton College, Oxford from 1945 to 1959.[1] He was at one time a close friend of C. S. Lewis—they were both members of the informal literary discussion group known as the Inklings. In 2008, The Times ranked him sixth on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".[7] Forbes ranked him the 5th top-earning "dead celebrity" in 2009.[8] Biography Family origins Most of Tolkien's paternal ancestors were craftsmen. Childhood He could read by the age of four and could write fluently soon afterwards. Youth Courtship and marriage

José Saramago More than two million copies of Saramago's books have been sold in Portugal alone and his work has been translated into 25 languages.[3][4] A proponent of libertarian communism,[5] Saramago was criticized by institutions such as the Catholic Church, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, with whom he disagreed on various issues. An atheist, he defended love as an instrument to improve the human condition. In 1992, the Government of Portugal under Prime Minister Aníbal Cavaco Silva ordered the removal of The Gospel According to Jesus Christ from the Aristeion Prize's shortlist, claiming the work was religiously offensive. Saramago was a founding member of the National Front for the Defence of Culture in Lisbon in 1992, and co-founder with Orhan Pamuk, of the European Writers' Parliament (EWP). Early and middle life[edit] After graduating, he worked as a car mechanic for two years. Saramago married Ilda Reis in 1944. Later life and international acclaim[edit]

Philippe Masson Un article de Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre. Pour les articles homonymes, voir Masson. Philippe Masson Philippe Masson (1928-2005) est un historien français, agrégé d'histoire et docteur ès-lettres. Biographie[modifier | modifier le code] Philippe Masson est né en 1928. Parallèlement, il est le chef de la section historique du Service historique de la Marine à partir de 1965. Il est membre de l'Académie de marine et officier de la Légion d'honneur au titre de la Défense. Œuvre[modifier | modifier le code] « Affrontement de la croix et du croissant en Méditerranée », dans La Nouvelle Revue d'Histoire, no 16, 2005, p. 42-44.Napoléon et la Marine, Peronnet, 1968.L'Intervention en mer Noire : novembre 1918-avril 1919, Vincennes, Service historique de la Marine nationale, coll. « Les mutineries de la marine française », no 1, 1974, 275 p.Dictionnaire de la Seconde Guerre mondiale (dir.), 2 tomes, Paris, Larousse, 1979-1980.La Marine française et la Mer noire 1918-1919, 1re éd.

Ernest Hemingway Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. In 1921, he married Hadley Richardson, the first of his four wives. Shortly after the publication of The Old Man and the Sea (1952), Hemingway went on safari to Africa, where he was almost killed in two successive plane crashes that left him in pain or ill health for much of his remaining life. Life Early life Hemingway was the second child and first son born to Clarence and Grace Hemingway. Ernest Miller Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899, in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.[1] His father, Clarence Edmonds Hemingway, was a physician, and his mother, Grace Hall-Hemingway, was a musician. World War I Paris