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Are you interested in discovering more secrets of our favorite writers ( both authors and poets)? Well, here are some very interesting trivia for you.

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Due to the amazing and an overwhelming response that I got from you, I have presented a collection of very interesting trivia on our favorite authors from various sources. Let’s take a look. I hope you find them as intriguing as I did.

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All of them are very interesting. Which one caught your attention? Would love to hear from you.

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Once again I would love to share the trivia on various authors. I hope you enjoy it.

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I would love to share these interesting facts on our favorite authors and poets, which I am sure, you would find quite fascinating.

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I didn’t know any of these trivia. That was interesting.

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HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow aka H.W. Longfellow was an amazing American poet cum educator. He became the first American poet to translate Dante Alighieri‘s Divine Comedy .

He was born on February 27, 1807, at
Portland, Maine, U.S  to Stephen Longfellow and Zilpah (Wadsworth) Longfellow. His father was a lawyer, and his maternal grandfather was Peleg Wadsworth, a general in the American Revolutionary War and a Member of Congress. His mother was a descendant of Richard Warren, a passenger on the Mayflower. Henry Wadsworth was his maternal uncle, after whom he was named.

He descended from the English colonists who settled in New England in the early 1600s. He went to a dame school ( private school meant for young children in the British Isles) when he was three and later joined Portland Academy when he was six. His mother encouraged him to read Robinson Crusoe and Don Quixote. He got admission into Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, along with his brother Stephen by the fall of 1822, where he became friends with Nathaniel Hawthorne. He became a professor in his Alma mater and later worked at Harvard College after completing his studies in Europe.

He married Mary Storer Potter in 1831 who died after a miscarriage in 1835. He gave up teaching to concentrate on his writing career in 1854. He also lost his second wife Frances Appleton, whose dress caught fire, in 1861. Longfellow was deeply affected by her death and found it difficult to concentrate on writing poetry for a time and chose to translate works from foreign languages.

Most of his poems were lyrical in nature and based on the stories of mythology and legend. This made him a very popular American poet and he gained quite a reputation overseas as well. But he also experimented with other forms of poetry like hexameter, free verse, anapestic and trochaic forms, blank verseheroic coupletsballads, and sonnets.

He died on March 24, 1882 (aged 75) at Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S, leaving behind a rich legacy of treasured works of American Literature.

His notable work :

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FRANCES HODGSON BURNETT

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As a kid of 5 or 6, I started reading the illustrated books of fairy tales, then moved on to Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene’s Nancy Drew followed by Franklin Dixon’s Hardy Boys. These were favorite even when I was 17 and didn’t think of reading the works of other authors. Then, I lost my father and we had to go to Nasik to perform his obsequies. It was at that time that my aunt took me to a book exhibition and suggested I should try reading the books of other authors. Fortunately, I picked up Frances Hodgson Burnett’s ‘ A Little Princess’. I thought it must be a story of some dream princess but when I started reading the book, I fell madly in love with the author’s narrative. It’s my most favorite book, even now.

The story is about Sara Crewe whose father, Captain Ralph Crewe, gets her admitted to a boarding school run by Miss Minchin. Sara is very kind and becomes friends with Ermengarde St. John, who’s poor in studies, Lottie, a four-year-old pupil and Becky, the scullery maid. Miss Minchin pretends to shower affection on Sara but secretly despises her for her wealth. Tragically, Sara loses her father and her wealth because of a huge investment in his friend’s venture incurring huge losses. There’s a change in the attitude of Miss Minchin. Poor Sara has to go through difficulties but what happens next is highly unpredictable and you can’t help but fall in love with this book which beautifully depicts the harsh realities of the ever changing human behavior.

About the Author:

Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett won me over with her heart touching true to life story and is definitely one of my most favorite authors. She was born on 24 November 1849 at Cheetham, Manchester, England. After her father’s death in 1853, she and her family moved to New Market, Tennessee, in the United States.

She took up writing at the age of 19 to support her family and published stories in various magazines. Her mother passed away in 1870 and she married Swan Burnett, a doctor. They were blessed with two sons, Lionel and Vivian. That Lass o’ Lowrie’s was her first novel that earned great reviews. Her children’s fiction Little Lord Fauntleroy was published in 1886 and she helped writing and producing it and A little Princess on stage.

Burnett started visiting England frequently by 1880’s and acquired a new home in 1890’s where she wrote ‘ A Secret Garden’ . Her life took a tragic turn when she lost her elder son, Lionel to Tuberculosis in 1890 and experienced a severe depression which finally led her to divorce Swan Burnett in 1898 and married Stephen Townsend in 1900 only to divorce him in 1902. After a few years, she relocated to Nassau County, New York.

She passed away on 29 October 1924 (aged 74), at Plandome Manor, New York, U.S. Bessie Potter Vonnoh made a memorial sculpture for her in 1936 At Central Park’s Conservatory Garden. The statues are of Mary and Dickon, the famous characters from A Secret Garden. I highly recommend her books for reading. I wish I was born in that era and sent her an appreciative fan mail. She would continue to live through her outstanding, wonderful literary creations.

Her popular works:

That Lass o’ Lowrie’s (1877)

Surly Tim (1877)

Theo: A Sprightly Love Story (1877)

Lindsay’s Luck (1878)

Haworth’s (1879)

Miss Crespigny (1879)

Louisiana (1880)

A Fair Barbarian (1881)

Esmerelda (1881), with William Gillette

Through One Administration (1883)

Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886)

Editha’s Burglar: A Story for Children (1888)

The Fortunes of Philippa Fairfax (1888)

The Pretty Sister of José (1889)

The Drury Lane Boys’ Club (1892)

The One I Knew the Best of All: A Memory of the Mind of a Child (1893)

Little Saint Elizabeth, and Other Stories (1893)

Two Little Pilgrims’ Progress. A Story of the City Beautiful (1895)

A Lady of Quality (1896)

In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim (1899)

The Making of a Marchioness (1901), reprinted by Persephone Books

The Land of the Blue Flower (1904)

A Little Princess: Being the Whole Story of Sara Crewe Now Told for the First Time (1905)

Queen Silver-Bell (1906)

Racketty-Packetty House (1906)

The Shuttle (1907), reprinted by Persephone Books in 2007

The Good Wolf (1908)

The Secret Garden (1911)

My Robin (1912)

T. Tembarom (1913)

The Lost Prince (1915)

The Little Hunchback Zia (1916)

The White People (1917)

The Head of the House of Coombe (1922)

Robin (1922) – sequel to The Head of the House of Coombe

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Would you like to know the secrets of some excellent authors? I found these facts astonishing, fascinating, inspiring and also quite intriguing. Let’s begin the show.

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CHARLES DICKENS

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It’s impossible to discuss the greatest authors of English literature without mentioning Charles Dickens. He has been and will always be one of my most favorite authors. It is difficult for me to choose any one of his books as my favorite, because they are all masterpieces of a creative genius. However, David Copperfield and Great Expectations are two of his greatest works.

Charles John Huffam Dickens, better known as Charles Dickens, was born on 7th February 1812 at Portsmouth, England to John and Elizabeth Dickens ( nee Barrow). He was their second child out of their eight children. Dickens dropped out of school at the age of 12 as his father went to debtors’ prison. He joined a boot-blacking factory to support his family. He rejoined school after three years and started off as a journalist in his literary career. He was the editor of a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed readings. Besides, he championed the cause of children’s rights and actively participated in educational and other social reforms.

Dickens achieved tremendous success with the publication of The Pickwick Papers in 1836. Over the years, he gained reputation as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era.

Dickens witnessed a rail accident on 9 June
1865, while returning from Paris with Ellen Ternan in Kent, where he helped the wounded and the dying by offering a flask of brandy and a hat refreshed with water, saving some lives in the process. Dickens wasn’t only a literary genius but also bestowed with a magnanimous heart to help others.

He married Catherine Thomson Hogarth in 1836 and separated from her in September, 1858. Ellen Ternan, an English actress, was his partner from 1857 until his death.

Charles Dickens suffered from a stroke on 8th June, 1870 and passed away on 9 June 1870 (aged 58) at Higham, Kent, England, leaving behind a rich legacy of his best literary works that are still very popular and continue to rule our hearts.

His most popular works :

Christmas short stories

A Christmas Tree” (1850)

What Christmas is, as We Grow Older ” (1851)

The Poor Relation’s Story ” (1852)

The Child’s Story” (1852)

The Schoolboy’s Story” (1853)

Nobody’s Story” (1853)

The Seven Poor Travellers” (1854; collaboration)

The Holly-tree Inn” (1855; collaboration)

The Wreck of the Golden Mary” (1856; collaboration)

The Perils of Certain English Prisoners” (1857; collaboration)

Going into Society” (1858)

A Message from the Sea” (1860; collaboration)

Tom Tiddler’s Ground” (1861; collaboration)

Somebody’s Luggage” (1862)

Mrs Lirriper’s Lodgings” (1863; collaboration)

Mrs Lirriper’s Legacy” (1864; collaboration)

Doctor Marigold’s Prescriptions” (1865)

The Trial for Murder” (1865; collaboration; a ghost story)

Mugby Junction” (1866; collaboration)

The Signal-Man” (1866; a ghost story)

No Thoroughfare” (1867; collaboration)

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VIRGINIA WOOLF

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Adeline Virginia Woolf, better known as Virginia Woolf, was an outstanding English writer, who inspired many women to take up writing. She was considered a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device. Stream of consciousness directly reflects the character or the narrator’s thought process either by way of a loose interior monologue or through their actions and expressed in words. James Joyce also used this technique in his novel ‘ Ulysses‘ in (1922).

Virginia Woolf was born as Adeline Virginia Stephen on 25 January 1882, at London, England to Julia Prinsep Jackson and Leslie Stephen as their seventh child in a blended family of eight that also included modernist painter Vanessa Bell. As a child, she was educated at home and learned English classics and Victorian literature. Further, she joined the Ladies’ Department of King’s College London, from 1897 to 1901, where she pursued the study of Classics and History. She also came into the contact of the reformers advocating women’s higher education and the women’s rights movement.

Virginia Woolf’s writing career began in 1900, and was encouraged by her father to continue writing. After the death of her father in 1904, Virginia moved from Kensington to Bloomsbury with her family. Virginia Woolf collaborated with her brothers’ intellectual friends to form the Bloomsbury group that sponsored artistic and literary talent. She married Leonard Woolf in 1912 and they established the Hogarth Press. The couple moved to Sussex where they rented a home in 1940. Woolf led a controversial life over her alleged romantic relationships with women, especially, Vita Sackville-West, another author who published her books through Hogarth Press. Their literature drew inspiration from their relationship which continued until Woolf’s death.

The movement of feminist criticism focussed on the works of Virginia Woolf in the 1970s. Her work was considered to inspire feminism. She became popular with her books like Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and Orlando (1928). I read her famous essay  A Room of One’s Own (1929) in 2014 , as a part of my curriculum for MA (English Literature). Her first published work was the novel, The Voyage Out, in 1915. Her books are so popular that they have been translated into more than 50 languages.

Unfair, this exceptionally talented writer and a creative genius suffered from mental illness for which she was institutionalized. As per Dalsimer (2004),  she showed symptoms similar to bipolar disorder. She already attempted suicide twice and finally, drowned herself in the River Ouse at Lewes in 1941 at the age of 59. It’s sad that some talented writers like Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf resorted to these extreme steps.
Legends like these might have left their physical bodies but they are immortal and continue to live through their books which enthrall the lovers of English literature. Woolf’s works are certainly a priceless treasure to be cherished.

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MAHADEVI VERMA

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Mahadevi Verma is one of the greatest poets, essayist, sketch story writer and an eminent personality of Hindi literature. I remember reading her poems as a part of our Hindi syllabus. She’s been one of my inspirations after Sarojini Naidu to delve into the magical world of poetry. As Robert Frost said, ” And Miles to go before I sleep, ” . This is just the beginning and have a long way to go before I could even think of writing 1/10th of what Ms. Verma contributed to Hindi Literature. Such was her popularity that her poems are well known even now.

She was born on 26 March 1907, at Farrukhabad, United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, British India. Her parents were Govind Prasad Verma, a professor in a college in Bhagalpur, and Hem Rani Devi, a religious woman with a keen interest in music.

Ms. Verma, initially, went to a convent school but after severe protests, she joined Crosthwaite Girls College at Allahabad. She wrote poems secretly. Her talent was discovered by her friend and a senior Subhadra Kumari Chauhan,  who was a poet herself.

According to a quote by Ms.Verma:

” While others used to play outside, me and Subhadra used to sit on a tree and let our creative thoughts flow together…She used to write in Khariboli, and soon I also started to write in Khariboli…this way, we used to write one or two poems a day…

— Mahadevi Verma, Smrti Chitra (Memory Sketch) English Translation
She was one of the poets who figured in the Chhayawadi movement which is equivalent to the Romantic movement in English. According to Suryakant Tripathi Nirala, She was akin to Goddess Saraswati ( The Hindu Goddess of Learning and Arts) in the temple of Hindi Literature. She combined the soft words of Sanskrit and Bangla (Bengali) to coin a soft vocabulary in the Hindi poetry of Khadi Boli, a dialect in Hindi.

She started her career as a teacher but gradually moved on to become the Principal of Prayag Mahila Vidyapeeth.She got married but preferred to live an ascetic life. Besides literature, she had a flair for painting and creative translation. She also worked for the welfare of the people, especially women. Under the able guidance of Mahatma Gandhi, she also participated in the Indian freedom struggle. Google featured her image as The Google Doodle during her centenary year in 2007.

Ms. Verma has the unique distinction of winning all the major awards in Hindi Literature. Prominent poets like Sumitranandan Pant and Suryakant Tripathi Nirala were her good friends. She sent Rakhi to Shri. Nirala for almost 40 years. Besides, she has also been honored with prestigious awards like.

1956: Padma Bhushan

1979: Sahitya Akademi Fellowship

1982: Jnanpith Award for her poetry collection Yama.

1988: Padma Vibhushan

She left for her heavenly abode on 11 September 1987 at Allahabad ( now Prayagraj) in Uttarpradesh, leaving behind her immortal memories in the hearts of her admirers and Hindi literature lovers.

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The poem is translated as :

The storm came with a loud noise,

The tree branches are broken with a jerk.

Blown nest, Eggs cracked,

To whom would she narrate her sorry tale?

Where will this bird live now?

We opened the cupboard,

Calling the poor bird

But she screams

She won’t stay at home!

Where to get trees in the house,

How To Build This Nest!

How to join the cracked eggs?

To whom will she tell all this?

Where will this bird live now?

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