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The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe

The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Alan Poe’s ‘The Tell Tale Heart’, photo: @Lysander07 On October 7th, 1849, the great American author and poet, Edgar Allan Poe, best known for his stories of the mysterious and macabre, died under mysterious circumstances. With his short stories and poems, Edgar Allan Poe succeeded to capture the imagination and interest of readers around the world until the present day. With his creative and imaginative he even started completely new literary genres,…
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We Are the Hollow Men – T.S. Eliot

We Are the Hollow Men – T.S. Eliot

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)drawing by Simon Fieldhouse On September 26, 1888, the publisher, playwright, literary and social critic and “arguably the most important English-language poet of the 20th century”, Thomas Stearns Eliot, aka T. S. Eliot, was born, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Although he was born an American, he moved to the United Kingdom in 1914 (at age 25) and was naturalised as a British subject…
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Goethe’s Wanderers Nachtlied

Goethe’s Wanderers Nachtlied

Wanderers Nachtlied written on a wooden wall of the famous Goethe house on top of the Kickelhahn On September 6, 1780, the German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote with a pencil on the wall of a wooden cabin on the Kickelhahn mountain in Ilmenau, Thuringia the poem ‘Wanderers Nachtlied‘.  Über allen Gipfeln Ist Ruh,  In allen Wipfeln Spürest du  Kaum einen Hauch;  Die Vögelein schweigen im Walde. Warte nur, balde Ruhest du auch. This poem called ‘Über…
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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the Mother of the Monster

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the Mother of the Monster

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851) Only a few 19th century literary works have become an icon in today’s popular culture. Among them are the detective story and its most prominent protagonist Sherlock Holmes as well as some of the gothic horror novels, primarely Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Born on August 30, 1797, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was the second child of the feminist philosopher, educator, and writer Mary Wollstonecraft, and the…
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The Life and Works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Life and Works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)Portrait by Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein, 1787 On August 28, 1749 the great German author, philosopher, natural scientist, and politician Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born in Frankfurt am Main. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was one of five children, son of Catharina Elisabeth and Johann Caspar. He was educated by his father, who owned numerous art collections and more than 2000 books. To satisfy him, Goethe began studying…
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Jorge Luis Borges and the Library of Babel

Jorge Luis Borges and the Library of Babel

On August 24, 1899, the famous Argentine writer and blind librarian Jorge Luis Borges, who is considered one of the foremost literary figures of the 20th century, was born in Buenos Aires. He is considered to be one of the most important figure in Spanish-language literature since Cervantes. Most famous in the English speaking world for his short stories and fictive essays, Borges was also a poet, critic, translator and man of letters.…
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Remembering Ray Bradbury and his influential works

Remembering Ray Bradbury and his influential works

On August 22, 1920, the American novelist Ray Bradbury, best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, was born. Ray Bradbury has won every achievable writing award including the National Medal of Arts in 2004 and the National Book Foundation Medal in 2000. At young age, Ray Bradbury started his interest in writing, theater and acting. Since his family moved to Los Angeles when he was 14, Bradbury could sneak into places where…
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J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter Phenomenon

J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter Phenomenon

J. K. Rowling reading Harry Potter at the White House in 2010@Daniel Ogren, CC-BY-2.0 It is the best selling book series ever in history. A fantastic story stretching over seven books of a boy, growing up in between the two worlds of ordinary people – the muggles – and the wizards and witches. It’s about the old story of fighting of good against evil. And as the books sold over 400 million…
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