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SURYAKANT TRIPATHI NIRALA

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Hindi literature is incomplete without mentioning Suryakant Tripathi ‘Nirala’. He was an excellent poet, novelist, essayist and story-writer, who mainly published his works in Hindi.He belonged to the Chayavad ( Romantic) movement in Hindi literature.Besides, being a writer, he was also an artist with many contemporary sketches to his credit.

Suryakant Tripathi ‘Nirala’ was born on 21 February 1897 at Midnapore, Bengal Presidency, British India. Pandit Ramsahaya Tripathi, Nirala’s despotic father, was a government employee. When he was a child, his mother passed away. Nirala attended Mahishadal Raj High School in Mahishadal, Purba Medinipur, where he received her education in Bengali. Later, he relocated to Lucknow before going to the village of Gadhakola in the Unnao district, which is where his father was born. He was inspired by people like Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Swami Vivekananda, and Rabindranath Tagore as a young man.

Nirala got married at the age of 20. His wife, Manohara Devi, inspired him to learn Hindi. As a result, he started composing poems in Hindi instead of Bengali. Nirala’s childhood was miserable but spent a few good years in his married life. Disaster struck his family in the form of Spanish flu influenza outbreak in 1918 when he lost his wife and widowed daughter.

His lifestyle for the majority of his life was  largely bohemian. He was vehemently  opposed to social injustice and exploitation which he exposed through his writing.Acceptance was difficult because he was  essentially a renegade in both form and content. He received lots of contempt and  mockery. He may have developed schizophrenia  later  in life as a result of all of this, and he was  subsequently admitted to Ranchi’s Central  Institute of Psychiatry.

He left behind a great legacy of treasured works of Hindi literature as he passed away on 15 October 1961 (aged 64) at Allahabad (now Prayagraj) Uttar Pradesh, India.

His noteworthy works:

Poetry

Ram Ki Shakti Puja (राम की शक्ति पूजा)

Dhwani (ध्वनि)

Apara (अपरा)

Saroj Smriti (सरोज स्मृति)

Parimal (परिमल)

Priyatam (प्रियतम)

Anaamika (अनामिका, 1938)

Geetika (गीतिका)

Kukurmutta (कुकुरमुत्ता, 1941)

Adima (अणिमा)

Bela (बेला)

Naye Patte (नये पत्ते)

Archana (अर्चना)

Geet Gunj (गीतगुंज)

Aradhana (आराधना)

Tulsidas (तुलसीदास, 1938)

Janmabhumi (जन्मभूमि)

Jago Phir Ek Bar (जागो फिर एक बार)

Bhikshuk (भिक्षुक)

Todti Patthar (तोड़ती पत्थर)

Suryakant Tripathi Nirala Poem.

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GUSTAVE FLAUBERT

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Gustave Flaubert was a French Novelist who introduced the concept of Literary Realism in France and the rest of the world. Literary Realism refers to the reflection of subject matter accurately while avoiding speculative fiction and magical aspects. It is a subset of the larger realism in the arts movement.

Gustave Flaubert was born on 12 December 1821 at Rouen, Normandy, Kingdom of France. His parents were Anne Justine Caroline (née Fleuriot; 1793–1872) and Achille-Cléophas Flaubert (1784–1846), director and senior surgeon of the major hospital in Rouen. His passion for writing began as early as the age of eight as per the information revealed by some sources.

He received his formal education at Lycée Pierre-Corneille, Rouen until 1940 and moved to Paris to study law. He was a disinterested student in Paris and thought the place was unpleasant. He met a few people, Victor Hugo among them. He travelled to Corsica and the Pyrenees toward the end of 1840. After experiencing an epileptic seizure in 1846, he fled Paris and gave up on his legal studies.

Flaubert was romantically involved with Louise Colet from 1846 to 1854. His letters to her during the said period are still there to confirm the relationship. He moved back to Croisset, close to Rouen and the Seine, after leaving Paris, where he spent the rest of his life. He did, however, occasionally travel to England and Paris, where it appears that he had a mistress.

He never married or had children. However, he had an active sexual life with both male and female prostitutes. His biographer Émile Faguet states that Colet was his only true love. He shared a warm relationship with his niece, Caroline Commanville and George Sand with whom he also exchanged correspondence. His circle of friends included Émile Zola, Alphonse Daudet, Ivan Turgenev, and Edmond and Jules de Goncourt.

Flaubert went through a difficult year in 1870s.His mother passed away in 1872, and throughout the War of 1870, Prussian  soldiers were living in his home. He ran into financial problems after her passing as a  result of his niece’s husband’s economic  difficulties. For the majority of his life,  Flaubert battled venereal illnesses. His health continued to deteriorate. He passed away on 8 May 1880 (aged 58) at Croisset (Canteleu), Rouen, French Third Republic, due to cerebral hemorrhage.

His most popular works include :

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MARY HIGGINS CLARK (IMAGE WITH INFO : WIKIPEDIA)

Mary Higgins Clark was an American writer  of suspense novels. She was born Mary  Theresa Eleanor Higgins on December 24,  1927.With her debut suspense novel, Where Are the Children?, in its seventy-fifth printing,  each of her 51 books was a bestseller in the United States and several European nations. As of 2015, all of her books were still in print.

Mary Theresa Eleanor Higgins happened to be the second child and the only daughter of Nora C. (Durkin) and Luke Joseph Higgins. Her brother, Joseph, was older than her by a year and a half. She had a younger brother, John. Her mother was born in America and also of Irish ancestry, and her father was an immigrant from Ireland.

She took a keen interest in writing at a young age of seven when she started composing poems and short plays to be enacted by her friends. She also started maintaining a journal to record the daily events in her life.

The family had a property in the Bronx and a vacation home on Long Island Sound, and  they also earned income by running an Irish pub. Despite the fact that Higgins Clark was  just a baby when the Great Depression  started, her family initially escaped  unaffected and even insisted on feeding the jobless men who came to their home. When Higgins Clark turned 10, the family  started to run into financial difficulties as a result of many of their patrons who couldn’t pay the bar tabs they had racked up. 

Higgins Clark’s father was compelled to fire a number of employees and put in extra overtime, spending hardly more than a few hours per day at home. The Higgins family suffered a major setback when Mary discovered that her father, Luke Joseph Higgins, passed away in his sleep in 1939. Mary’s widowed Mom, Nora, was unable to get a job as she was 52 and had not worked for 14 years. Mary Higgins Clark had to give up her bedroom so that her mother could get rent from paying boarders. To add to their misfortune, Mary’s older brother, Joseph, had injured his foot over a piece of metal, leading to severe osteomyelitis. When the young boy needed numerous  blood transfusions, Higgins Clark and her  mother fervently prayed for him, and their  neighbours flocked to their home in great  numbers to donate blood. Joseph Higgins  lived despite the physicians’ grim warnings. Higgins Clark believed that their prayers were important in his recovery.

Mary Higgins Clark believed that their prayers were important in his recovery.

Higgins Clark obtained a scholarship from the Congregation de Notre Dame de Montreal to attend the Villa Maria Academy after she graduated from Saint Francis Xavier Grammar School. She started working as a switchboard operator at the Shelton Hotel and used to listen to the residents’ conversation. Her earnings were not enough for the family. Her mother took up a job as a babysitter to supplement the family income. Her older brother, Joseph, joined the Navy in 1944 after his graduation. Later on, he died after contracting spinal meningitis. His mother started receiving pension, thus, easing the pressure on Mary Higgins Clark.

Mary Higgins married Warren Clark in 1949 who died in 1964. Later, she married Raymond Ploetz in 1978 and they separated in 1986. She married again in 1996 to John J. Conheeney who died in 2018. She had 5 children. Her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark, and daughter in law, Mary Jane Clark are also authors by profession.

Mary Higgins Clark breathed her last on January 31, 2020 (aged 92) at Naples, Florida, U.S. Nevertheless, she still lives forever in the hearts of her numerous admirers.

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LEWIS CARROLL.

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Lewis Carroll, a popular English Author, who rose to fame with Alice in Wonderland, was born as Charles Lutwidge Dodgson on 27 January 1832 at Daresbury, Cheshire, England. He was not only an author but also a well known poet and a mathematician. He also authored Alice in Wonderland’s sequel,Through the Looking-Glass (1871) and poems like Jabberwocky (1871) and The Hunting of the Snark (1876) which came to be classified under the category of Literary Nonsense.

Carroll, who was raised in a high-church Anglican family, had a long-standing association with Christ Church, Oxford, where he spent the most of his life as a researcher and educator. Though Carroll consistently denied it, Alice Liddell, the daughter of Henry Liddell, dean of Christ Church, is largely acknowledged as the original inspiration for Alice in Wonderland.

Between 1879 and 1881, Carroll, a puzzle enthusiast, published his word ladder puzzle in his weekly column for Vanity Fair magazine under the name “Doublets.” A memorial stone for Carroll was unveiled in 1982 at Westminster Abbey’s Poets’ Corner. Many regions of the world have organisations devoted to promoting and appreciating his works.

Charles Dodgson, alias, Lewis Carroll was the oldest of the eleven children born to Charles Dodgson (sr). His great grandfather was also called Charles Dodgson. This is so confusing, right? Lewis Carroll’s father was enrolled in Westminster School and then to Christ Church, Oxford. According to his family tradition, he went on to receive Holy Orders. He received a double first in mathematics, which may have been the beginning of a distinguished academic career. Instead, he wed Frances Jane Lutwidge, his first cousin, in 1830 and went on to become a village minister.

Caroll and his family shifted to their new residence in the spacious rectory of Croft-on-Tees, Yorkshire, when he turned 11. They continued to live here for the next 25 years. Charles’ father was a prominent and very orthodox Church of England clergyman who later rose to the position of Archdeacon of Richmond[9] and actively participated, at times with considerable influence, in the bitter religious battles that tore the church apart. He tried his best to instil such views in his children. He was high-church, inclined toward Anglo-Catholicism, a fan of John Henry Newman and the Tractarian movement. But Charles came to have mixed feelings about the principles of his father and the Church of England as a whole.

As a child, he was initially homeschooled and when he was just 7, he started reading books like as The Pilgrim’s Progressand had trouble while speaking. He also stammered like his siblings. At the age of 12, he started attending Richmond Grammar School (now part of Richmond School) in Richmond, North Yorkshire and later, joined Rugby School in 1846, which left him some bitter memories of getting bullied by senior students.

He wrote:

“I cannot say … that any earthly considerations would induce me to go through my three years again … I can honestly say that if I could have been … secure from annoyance at night, the hardships of the daily life would have been comparative trifles to bear.”

He graduated from Rugby at the end of 1849 and entered Christ Church, his father’s former college, at the University of Oxford in May of that same year. He moved into residence in January 1851 after having to wait for rooms to become available in the college. Only two days had passed since he arrived at Oxford when he was called to return home. At age 47, his mother had passed away from “inflammation of the brain” (perhaps meningitis or a stroke).

He graduated with first-class honours in mathematics moderates in 1852, and soon after, his father’s longtime friend Canon Edward Pusey nominated him for a studentship. He graduated as a Bachelor of Arts in 1854 after receiving first-class honours in the Final Honours School of Mathematics, placing first on the list. [He continued to study and teach at Christ Church, but the next year he failed an essential scholarship exam due to his self-admitted inability to put effort into his studies. Nevertheless, his aptitude for math earned him the Christ Church Mathematical Lectureship in 1855, which he held for the following 26 years.

His most popular works :

Literature

La Guida di Bragia, a Ballad Opera for the Marionette Theatre (around 1850)

“Miss Jones”, comic song (1862)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)

Phantasmagoria and Other Poems (1869)

Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (includes “Jabberwocky” and “The Walrus and the Carpenter”) (1871)

The Hunting of the Snark (1876)

Rhyme? And Reason? (1883) – shares some contents with the 1869 collection, including the long poem “Phantasmagoria”

A Tangled Tale (1885)

Sylvie and Bruno (1889)

The Nursery “Alice” (1890)

Sylvie and Bruno Concluded (1893)

Pillow Problems (1893)

What the Tortoise Said to Achilles (1895)

Three Sunsets and Other Poems (1898)

The Manlet (1903)

Mathematics:

A Syllabus of Plane Algebraic Geometry (1860)

The Fifth Book of Euclid Treated Algebraically (1858 and 1868)

An Elementary Treatise on Determinants, With Their Application to Simultaneous Linear Equations and Algebraic Equations.

Euclid and his Modern Rivals (1879), both literary and mathematical in style.

Symbolic Logic Part I

Symbolic Logic Part II (published posthumously)

The Alphabet Cipher (1868)

The Game of Logic (1887)

Curiosa Mathematica I (1888)

Curiosa Mathematica II (1892)

A discussion of the various methods of procedure in conducting elections (1873), Suggestions as to the best method of taking votes, where more than two issues are to be voted on (1874), A method of taking votes on more than two issues (1876), collected as The Theory of Committees and Elections, edited, analysed, and published in 1958 by Duncan Black.

Other Works :

Some Popular Fallacies about Vivisection

Eight or Nine Wise Words About Letter-Writing

Notes by an Oxford Chiel

The Principles of Parliamentary Representation (1884)

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IF ‘I COULD GO BACK IN TIME. : A POEM BY ME

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Just imagine, if you had an opportunity to go back in time, who would you like to meet and why? Do let me know in the comments.

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If 'I could just go back in time, 
I would love to meet William Wordsworth  and request him to teach me poetry. 
His poems are so beautiful and rich in imagery. 
And how effortlessly do they rhyme. 

If I could just go back in time, 
I would love to meet William Shakespeare and learn to write a perfect play. 
His plays are highly popular even to this day. 
Not reading his work is a literary crime. 


If I could just go back in time, 
'I would love to meet PB and Mary Shelley. 
I would learn to master the art of writing from them daily. 
As a token of appreciation and for coaching, 'I would give away every single dime. 
If I could just go back in time, 
I would love to meet Jane Austen and learn to write a classic romance. 
Emily Dickinson and The Bronte sisters could then help me compose songs on which I could sing and dance. 
It would add flavor to life like a juice made of lime. 
If I could just go back in time, 
I would love to meet Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 
'I would request them to teach me to write perfect mysteries in style. 
I would learn to create shady characters slime. 


If I could just go back in time, 
I would love to meet Enid Blyton and learn to write children's story. 
That brought her fame and glory. 
And like her, 'I would also shine. 


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STEPHEN KING

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Do you love horror stories? I certainly do. And speaking of the genre of horror, Stephen King is undoubtedly the best.

Stephen Edwin King, an American writer of horror, science fiction, fantasy, suspense, and supernatural literature, was born on September 21, 1947 at Portland, Maine, U.S. He is known as the “King of Horror,” as more than 350 million copies of his books  have been sold and also there are movies and television series adaptations of his books.

King has authored five non-fiction works and 64 novels, seven of which were published under the pen name Richard Bachman. He has also authored around 200 short stories, most of which have been published in book collections.

Stephen’s father, Donald Edwin King, travelled a lot, earning his income as a vacuum salesman after coming back from World War II. His original last name was Pollock but he changed it to King. Nellie Ruth King ( Pillsbury) was his mother. His parents got married on July 23, 1939 in Scarborough, Maine. They shifted their residence from Maine to Chicago before moving to Croton-on-Hudson, New York and back to Scarborough, near the end of World War II. Stephen’s father deserted his family when Stephen was two.

He and his older brother David were raised solely by their mother amidst financial difficulties.They left Scarborough and  relocated to Chicago, Croton-on-Hudson,  West De Pere, Fort Wayne, Malden,  Massachusetts, and Stratford, Connecticut,  depending on family members in those  places. King’s family relocated to Durham, Maine when he was 11 years old, and his  mother cared for her parents there until they  passed away.

She later started working as a caregiver in a  nearby home for mentally challenged people.Although King was raised as a Methodist, he  abandoned organised religion during his  senior year of high school. He claims he is  no longer religious but yet chooses to  believe in God.

King happened to witness a tragic incident,which according to some critics, might have made an impact on some of his dark works. This incident involved  Stephen’s friend being hit and killed by the train. King found a paperback copy of an H. P. Lovecraft collection of short stories, The Lurker in the Shadows, while searching through an attic with his older brother. This book had belonged to King’s father. His interest in horror, was intensified, by reading EC horror comics, including Tales from the Crypt.

In 1966, King graduated from Lisbon Falls  High School in Lisbon Falls, Maine, after  attending Durham Elementary School. He started writing for his brother’s newspaper, Dave’s Rag, printed on a mimeograph machine. “I Was a Teenage Grave Robber,” which was serialised over four issues (three published and one unpublished) of a fanzine called Comics Review in 1965, was the first of his stories to be independently published.King also worked a variety of jobs to support himself while attending school, such as  those of a janitor, a gas station attendant  and an employee of an industrial laundry.

King did his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maine in 1970. It was the  same year, in which he was blessed with his daughter, Naomi Rachel. He met and married   fellow student Tabitha Spruce, in 1971.

His writing career took off with the publication of  his short story, “The Glass Floor“, to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967.

His popular works:

1974 Carrie

1975 ‘Salem’s Lot

1977 The Shining , Rage

1978 The Stand

1979 The Long Walk, The Dead Zone

1980 Firestarter

1981 Roadwork, Cujo

1982 The Running Man , The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger

1983: Christine, Pet Sematary, Cycle of the Werewolf.

Since the volume of his books is quite long, I mentioned some of his books here.

His awards:

May Stephen King continue to rule our hearts and keep giving us goosebumps with many more of his awesome books to come.

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MAHAKAVI SUBRAMANIA BHARATI

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Hi Friends,

Today I would like to discuss about one of the greatest patriotic, revolutionary poets of India, Mahakavi Subramania Bharati. Mahakavi means a great poet. We also call him Bharatiyar out of respect.

Subramania Bharathiyar was a renowned Tamil author, poet, journalist, an advocate for Indian independence, a social reformer, and a polyglot who lived from 11 December 1882 to 11 September 1921. He was a modern Tamil poetry pioneer and is regarded as one of the greatest Tamil literary figures of all time. He is more commonly referred to as “Mahakavi Bharathi” (“Great Poet Bharathi”). He wrote patriotic songs that stoked nationalist sentiment during the Indian Independence movement. He pushed for women’s suffrage, condemned child marriage, fiercely opposed the caste system, and advocated for social and religious reform. Additionally, he supported the cause for the upliftment of the Muslims and the Dalits ( people belonging to the backward classes).

Subramanian Bharati, better known as, Bharatiyar was born on 11 December 1882 at Ettayapuram, Ettaiyapuram estate, British India, in a Brahmin family. His parents were Chinnaswami Subramania Iyer and Lakshmi Ammal. He took a keen interest in music and poetry at a very young age. His mother passed away when he was five. His father wanted him to be proficient in English, Mathematics and become an engineer. Bharatiyar was very brilliant. As a linguist, he also learned Sanskrit, Hindi, Telugu, English, French, and a bit of Arabic. His parents had named him Subramania but the title ‘ Bharati’ was conferred on him, when he was just 11, by the Raja of Ettayapuram when he recognized his excellence in Poetry. ” Bharati” referred to a person who’s blessed by Goddess Saraswati, the Goddess of learning. He married 7-year-old Chellamma when he was 15. This was because child marriage was prevalent in India. His father died when Bharati turned 16.

Bharathi was introduced to Hindu nationalism and spirituality while he was in Varanasi. His perspective was enlarged, and he picked up Hindi, Sanskrit, and English. He also altered his outer appearance. Due to his enthusiasm for Sikhs and the influence of his Sikh friend, he also developed a beard and started wearing a turban. He returned to Ettayapuram in 1901 and began serving as the court poet of Raja of Ettayapuram for a few years despite passing an admission exam for a position.

Bharati received his early education from Tirunelveli and Varanasi. He became a journalist for the newspapers like The Hindu, Bala Bharata, Vijaya, Chakravarthini, the Swadesamitran and India. It’s believed that Bharati was proficient in 32 languages including 3 foreign languages. But he was most attracted to Tamil Literature. He was one of the pioneers of the modern blank verse and many of his poems are dedicated to describe the beauty of Tamil Language. He also composed poems on various topics like nationalism, children’s songs, love songs, tribute to various freedom fighters, devotional songs dedicated to the Gods of all religion.

He was one of those revolutionary poets whose poems inspired people to actively participate in the Indian freedom struggle. He had a great influence on the Indian literature, especially Tamil Literature. His views and thoughts are very relevant even today.

Just like the great poets of the English literature, PB Shelley, and John Keats, this genius also passed away at the young age of 38 on 11 September 1921.

Here’s one of his famous poem, translated into English by S.Prema ( PoemHunter.com)

Indian Republic.

Long live the Republic of Bharat!
Victory to the Republic of Bharat!

Thirty crores of people share
This commonwealth of ours;
A marvel Republic
Without an equal in the world.
Long live the Republic

Shall we see henceforth the greed
Of one man seizing another’s bite?
Shall one see unmoved
The spectacle of another’s pain?
Shall we revel in sensuality,
Or tolerate the selfish life?
Long live the Republic

Spacious fields and generous springs
Enrich this mighty land;
Plentiful is her gift of fruits,
Abundant the harvest of corn;
Numerous are the gifts,
Perennial the flow.
Long live the Republic

We shall now lay down the law
And die to preserve it-
We’ll rather send the world up in flames
Than suffer one man to starve.
Long live the Republic

This is what Lord Krishna said:
‘I live in all living things.’
Bharat will show the world the way
Of all attaining the Life Divine.
Long live the Republic

We are of the same caste and race,
We are children of Bharat all;
We are equal in law and stature,
And every one is Bharat’s King!
Long Live the Republic

[Translated into English By S. Prema]

Subramanya Bharathi

Let’s hail this great poet cum freedom fighter whose rich legacy of Tamil literature will continue to inspire billions of youth.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO MY FAVORITE AUTHORS : A POEM BY ME.

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To all the authors I express my gratitude. 
For their hard work, determination and positive attitude. 
I salute the authors of every genre. 
Writers of suspense, thriller, romance, comedy or horror. 
Thank you so much, dear Kelly Utt, for your awesome books. 
On domestic suspense featuring a protagonist and the crooks. 
Thank you so much, dear Amber Crewes, for your Sandy Bay and Fern Grove series. 
Stephen King, Janice Tremayne, and Marc Layton for the eeries ( horror). 
It was Enid Blyton who made me smile. 
Then I moved on to Carolyn Keen (Nancy Drew) for a while. 
Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, I love their writing style. 
Jim Stevens and Erin Huss had me in splits with their comic timing. 
Stella Bixby,  Amy Boyles, Erin Johnson and Skye Sullivan created witches charming. 
I fell in love with the works of Dawn Brookes and Anne Shillolo, 
The list is endless and there are some more to go. 
CT Mitchell is so cool. ( He's fantastic). 
While Rosie Point's culinary mysteries make me drool. 
Chelsea Thomas does wonders with her magical pen. 
Leighann Dobbs, Jane Hinchey, and Amanda Lee. 
I would read their books anytime happily.
Adam Nichols, Robin Cook, John Grisham and Sidney Sheldon.
I want to say to everyone. 
Thanks a ton. 
Without your books, life wouldn't be fun. 
Exotic locations, exquisite cuisines, crazed killers and blazing gun. 
Can't imagine a life without you all. 
Irrespective of the volume of the books, big or small. 
Happy Thanksgiving for adding joy and pure delight. 
Made my otherwise dull life so bright. 

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DYLAN THOMAS

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Welsh poet and author Dylan Thomas is best known for his poems “Do not go gently into that good night” and “And death  shall have no dominion” and also the “play for voices” Under Milk Wood.

In addition, he produced radio plays and  stories like Portrait of the Artist as a Young  Dog and A Child’s Christmas in Wales. 

He attained enormous popularity during his  lifetime and continued to do so even after  his passing in New York City at the age of 39.
By that point, he had developed a reputation as a “roistering, drunken, and doomed poet,” which  he had encouraged.

Dylan Thomas was born as Dylan Marlais Thomas on 27 October 1914, at Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom. His parents were Florence Hannah (née Williams; 1882–1958), a seamstress, and David John Thomas (1876–1952), a teacher.

His father had aspirations to go beyond his  job as a teacher of English literature at the  neighbourhood grammar school. He earned a  first-class honours degree in English from  University College, Aberystwyth. Dylan had an elder sister, Nancy Marles (1906–1953).

Like some of his predecessors in the field of literature, he gave up school at the age of 16 to become a reporter for the South Wales Daily Post. His flair for writing gained recognition with the publication of his poem “Light breaks where no sun shines”in 1934 and prior to this, many of his works made it to the print, when he was still a teenager. He met Caitlin Macnamara and married her in 1937. He was blessed with three children, Llewelyn, Aeronwy, and Colm.

Thomas made his first tour of the USA in 1950s. He gained quite a reputation for his reading but became an alcoholic. In spite of his drinking habits, Dylan Thomas remained quite popular and recorded his work  ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’ in vinyl.

Thomas’ health deteriorated when he was on his fourth trip to the USA in 1953. He went to coma and finally passed away on 9 November 1953 (aged 39) at Greenwich Village, New York City, United States. It’s tragic that some of the most talented poets in the English literature  like Dylan Thomas, PB Shelley, John Keats etc. died at such a young age. Though, Thomas wrote mostly in English, he’s still recognized as one of the most important Welsh poets of the 20th Century.

His popular works:

His poem

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DELIGHTFUL SATURDAYS WITH MY FAVORITE AUTHORS AND POETS (56)

RICHARD FLANAGAN

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Good morning friends,

Happy International Men’s Day to all the gentlemen. That’s why I am featuring two male writers, an authors and a poet. Today I am going to share information about the popular Australian author, writer, movie director and screenwriter, Richard Miller Flanagan.

Richard Miller Flanagan was born in 1961 at Longford, Tasmania, as the fifth child of the six children of his parents, Arch and Helen Flanagan. His father, somehow, managed to survive the Burma Death Railway and one of his three brothers,  Martin Flanagan, is Australian rules football journalist.

Flanagan was diagnosed with a severe hearing loss at birth but underwent treatment for his hearing impairment at the age of six. He was raised at Rosebery, a small mining community on Tasmania’s west coast.

At the age of 16, Flanagan dropped out of  school but later went back to finish his  studies at the University of Tasmania, where  he served as president of the Tasmanian  University Union in 1983. He received a Bachelor of Arts with First-Class Honors upon graduation. He received a Rhodes Scholarship the next year and was accepted to Worcester College, Oxford, where he earned a Master of Letters in History degree.

Flanagan commenced his writing career by authoring four non-fiction books. He did ghostwriting for an Australian conman, John Friedrich. The book was titled ‘Codename Iago’ and was the autobiography of Friedrich who committed suicide while the book was still in progress. It got published posthumously.

Le Monde, The Daily Telegraph (London),  Suddeutsche Zeitung, The Monthly,The New York Times, and The New Yorker are just a few of the worldwide and Australian publications forwhich Flanagan has written about literature,  the environment, art, and politics. 
His writings have generated controversy at  times. The link between the Bacon  government and business interests in the  state was criticised in “The Selling-out of Tasmania,” a book that was released in 2004 following the death of former  Premier Jim Bacon.

He was honored with the 2014 Man Booker Prize for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

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His list of awards and honors also include :

(1996) National Fiction Award for Death of a River Guide

(1995) Victorian Premier’s Prize for Best First Fiction (for Death of a River Guide)

(1998) National Booksellers award for Best Book for The Sound of One Hand Clapping

(1998) Victorian Premier’s Prize for Best Novel The Sound of One hand Clapping

(2002) Australian Literary Society Gold Medal (for Gould’s Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish)

(2002) Victorian Premier’s Prize for Fiction for Gould’s Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish

(2002) The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (for Gould’s Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish)

(2008) Western Australian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction (for Wanting)

(2009) Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction (for Wanting)

(2011) Tasmania Book Prize (for Wanting)

(2014) Western Australian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction (for The Narrow Road to the Deep North)

(2014) Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction (for The Narrow Road to the Deep North)

(2014) The Man Booker Prize for Fiction (for The Narrow Road to the Deep North)

(2014) Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Prize (for The Narrow Road to the Deep North)

(2015) Margaret Scott Prize (for The Narrow Road to the Deep North)

(2016) The Athens Prize for Literature (for The Narrow Road to the Deep North)

(2016) Lire Prix du meilleur livre étranger (for The Narrow Road to the Deep North)

(2019) Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA)

(2020) Honorary Fellow of the Modern Languages Association

His most popular works:

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Hats off to this creative genius who has enriched the world of English literature with his exemplary works of fiction and non-fiction. He would continue to inspire upcoming budding talented authors with his books.

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