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Theodor Seuss Geisel born 1904. With the pen name Dr. Seuss he published over 60 children's books including Cat in the Hat, which were often characterized by frequent use of trisyllabic meter.
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Ben Elton born in Catford in 1959. Be is the son of respected scientist Lewis Elton. He has written 11 novels as well as directing and appearing in a number of films his first book Popcorn was published 5th Aug 1996.
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American physician and modernist poet William Carlos Williams died in 1963 at the age of 79. He was one of the most studied and respected poets of the American modernist movement.
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Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood was published in 1954 just four months after his death. It was an immediate best seller. In it his own village Laugharne becomes the imaginary village of Llareggub, or "bugger-all" backwards.
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Gabriel Garcia Marquez born 1928. The Colombian writer on the 1982 Nobel Prize winner for literature and was best known for One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985)
Kenneth Grahame born 1859. Grahame wrote a series of letters to his son, Alastair, describing the adventures of Toad, Rat, Mole and Badger which eventually became The Wind in the Willows.
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1994 Charles Bukowski died. He was the Grand Old Man of the fringe presses, publishing over fifty books in a career which spanned a half-century and brought near-celebrity status.
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Douglas Adams born 1952. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which started life in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a "trilogy" of five books that sold over 15 million copies in his lifetime.
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Robert Ludlum died 2001. He wrote dozens of spy novels including the Bourne novels (later turned into blockbuster movies) - The Bourne Identity (1980) The Bourne Supremacy (1986) / The Bourne Ultimatum (1990).
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L. Ron Hubbard born 1911. Originally an 1950's American science fiction author who developed a self-help system called Dianetics, which morphed into the religion / cult he called Scientology proving popular with Hollywood stars.
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John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath was published 1n 1939. Although Steinbeck was so convinced that his "revolutionary" book would be unpopular that he tried to dissuade his publisher from having a large first printing.
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'Beware the Ides of March. 44 B.C the Roman emperor Julius Caesar was stabbed to death by senators who called themselves the Liberatores (Liberators) and claimed they were preserving the integrity of the Roman system.
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Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850. Set in a puritan Boston, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who gives birth after committing adultery and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity.
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Using the pen name "Captain Hercules Vinegar," English author Henry Fielding summoned poet laureate Colley Cibber to court in 1740, charged with the murder of the English language.
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Wilfred Owen born 1893. He was one of the leading poets of the First World War. His best works, most of which were published posthumously, include "Dulce et Decorum Est", "Insensibility" and "Anthem for Doomed Youth".
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James Redfield born near Birmingham, Alabama 1950. Redfield quit his job in 1989 to write his first book The Celestine Prophecy, which he self-published in 1992 and went on to sell over 20 million copies.
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Thomas Cranmer, one of the "Oxford Martyrs," was burned at the stake for heresy in 1556. For fiction readers he is known through his connection to Ray Bradbury's book-burning novel, Fahrenheit 451.
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Andrew Lloyd Webber born 1948. British composer most famous for The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Joseph, Cats and generally reviving the musical on the London stage.
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In 1798 English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge read his newly completed poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, to fellow Lake poet William Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy.
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Jules Verne died 1905 aged 77. Verne was the first major science-fiction writer and wrote classics Around the World in 80 Days and 20,000 Leagues under the Sea.
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Jung Chang born in Yibin, Sichuan Province, China in 1952. She became a member of the red guards at 14. Her book Wild Swans, won the British Book of the Year in 1994, sold over 10 million copies.
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Tennessee Williams born 1914. He was one of the greatest post war dramatists and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Streetcar Named Desire. Williams died choking on an eye drop cap in his hotel room.
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The Roman poet Ovid, born in 43 B.C. He was famous for his love poems, the Amores (circa 20 B.C.) and his masterpiece, the Metamorphoses (finished circa 8 A.D.), his tales of love and transformation.
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Virginia Woolf dies 1941. She was one of the foremost literary figures of 20th C and a member of the notorious Bloomsbury Group and is perhaps most famous for novel Mrs Dalloway published in 1925.
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1815 - Jane Austen completed Emma, her 4th novel in 5 years, and last to appear in her lifetime.
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Anna Sewell was born in 1820. Best known as the author of the classic novel Black Beauty. Sewell lived just long enough (five months) to see her first and only novel become a success.
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1855 - Charlotte Bronte said to have died along with an unborn child. Her famous romantic novel Jane Eyre was written under pseudonym Currer Bell and was pub in 1847.
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