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1Herman Melville born in New York 1819. His book Moby Dick or "The Whale" 1st published October 18th 1851. Whilst famous for this novel, Melville also wrote poetry and had five collections published
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2George Eliot begins her novel Middlemarch in 1869.
3Joseph Conrad died 1924, aged 66. He wrote 21 novels in his lifetime, including Heart of Darkness published in 1899 which was inspiration for Francis Ford Coppla's film Apocalypse Now, made in 1979.
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4Hans Christian Andersen dies 1875. One of the foremost writers of fairy tales in world literature. Known for such stories as 'The Little Mermaid', 'The Steadfast Tin Soldier' and 'The Ugly Duckling'.
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5Conrad Aiken, born in 1889 in Savannah, Georgia. A shocking event in his boyhood shaped the rest of his life. When Aiken was 11, his physician father killed his mother, then himself. In 1930 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his Selected Poems.
6Lord Tennyson born 1809. much better known as "Alfred, Lord Tennyson," was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular poets in the English language.
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9Pamela Lyndon Travers was born in 1899. She was an Australian novelist, actress and journalist, popularly remembered for her series of children's novels about the mystical and magical nanny Mary Poppins.
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12Ian Fleming, the master of the spy genre and creator of James Bond died 1964. Additionally, Fleming wrote the children's story Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and two non-fiction books.
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13H.G. Wells dies 1946. Wells is best known as a major progenitor of modern science fiction who foretold the development of such present-day realities as atomic weaponry and chemical and global warfare.
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14Danielle Steel born 1947. American romantic novelist who has sold more than 580 million copies of her books worldwide and is the seventh best selling writer of all time.
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15Sir Walter Scott born in the old town of Edinburgh in 1771 and he died 21 September 1832. His novel Rob Roy was published in 1817. The large Victorian "Scott Monument" can be found in Edinburgh's centre.
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16Children's fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones was born in London in 1934. Charmed Life, the first book in the Chrestomanci series, won the 1977 Guardian Award for Children's Books and her work has been compared to J K Rowling's Harry Potter.
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17Ted Hughes born 1930 was Named Poet Laureate of England in 1984. He is a versatile poet who is perhaps best known for creating powerful poems that feature bold metaphors and resonant language, and speech rhythms.
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19Frank McCourt died 2009. After retiring from teaching, he started to write down his childhood stories. The first was Angela's Ashes (1996), which won the Pulitzer Prize and stayed on the New York Times best seller list for two years
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20US crime writer Elmore Leonard, author of such books as Get Shorty, Maximum Bob and Out of Sight, died at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke.
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21Christopher Robin Milne was born, an only child to A. A. Milne, and inspiration for Winnie the Pooh's friend. Christopher' first two books were memoirs of his growing up and out from under the shadow of the fictional Christopher Robin.
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22American science fiction author Ray Bradbury was born 1920. Best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (paper really does burn at that temperature) and The Martian Chronicles.
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25Frederick Forsyth born 1938. Forsyth's first full length novel, The Day of the Jackal, was published in 1971 and became an international bestseller and gained its author the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel.
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26Christopher Isherwood born, 1904- best known for his stories of Berlin, collected in The Berlin Stories (1946), which includes the short fiction collection Goodbye to Berlin (1939) and the novel Mr. Norris Changes Trains (1935).
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28Leo Tolstoy born 1828. He is regarded as one of the greatest novelists in the history of world literature. His all-encompassing War and Peace and Anna Karenina are acknowledged as supreme examples of the realistic novel.
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29John Locke born 1632: an English physician and philosopher regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers.
30Mary Shelley, creator of Frankenstein was born 1797. The book was originally published anonymously. She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley
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31John Bunyan dies 1688. He is recognized as a master of allegorical prose. Although he wrote nearly fifty works, Bunyan is chiefly remembered for The Pilgrim's Progress (1678), a record in allegorical form of the author's religious awakening and growth.
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