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American author, poet, naturalist, born 1948. She is known for her bestsellers The Zookeeper’s Wife (2007) and A Natural History of the Senses (1990), and the Pulitzer Prize Finalist, One Hundred Names for Love (2011).
Irish novelist, born 1946. Known for strong, lyrical prose and dark humour. He won the Booker Prize in 2005 for his novel The Sea (2005).
English writer of postmodernist literature, born 1946. He won the Booker Prize in 2011 for The Sense of an Ending Three of his earlier books, Flaubert’s Parrot (1984), England, England (1998), and Arthur & George (2005), were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Flaubert’s parrot involves a search for a stuffed parrot — an oft cited book.
American investigative journalist, real name Elizabeth Cochran Seaman (1864–1922). Known for faking insanity to get into Blackwell’s Island Asylum and exposing the cruel treatment of patients, as well as, for a Jules Vern-inspired trip around the world in a record-breaking 72 days.
American author and screenwriter (1920–2012). Known for The Martian Chronicles (1950), the dystopian classic Fahrenheit 451 (1953), and the coming of age Dandelion Wine (1957). He received a Pulitzer Citation in 2007 for his distinguished, prolific and deeply influential career as an unmatched author of science fiction and fantasy.
American poet, novelist, and short story writer (1920–1994). Laureate of American lowlife. Wrote about gambling, women, tedium of word, and the writer’s lot. Best known novels: Post Office (1971) and Ham on Rye (1982).
American journalist, author, and museum curator, born 1963. Author of the non-fiction book The Emperor of Scent (2002), which tells how Luca Turin, a French-Italian biophysicist, originated the vibrational theory of olfaction and struggled to be heard within the scientific community.
French philosopher and author (1913–1960). Made significant contributes to absurdism, which he formulated in his essay The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), and developed in his fiction books: The Stranger (1942) and The Plague (1947). Categorised as existentialist, which he rejected.
Canadian poet, translator, Professor of Classics, born 1950. She has written numerous genre-defying books, including Eros the Bittersweet: An Essay (1986), which started her career, and Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse (1998). Amongst other prizes, she is the 2001 recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, or so called “Genius Grant”.
T. S. Eliot
British essayist, critic, and one of twentieth century’s great poets (1888–1965). Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature (1948) for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry. Known for his poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (1915) and many others.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
German writer, polymath, and statesman (1749–1832). Wrote numerous poems, dramas, essay and literary fragments. Member of the Sturm and Drang movement. Some of his most famous works are the novel The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774), the poem The Alder King (1782), and the drama Faust (1808,1832).
American writer (1923–1999). Known for his novel Catch-22, a satire on the military system, war, and bureaucracy. The phrase he coined in the novel, the so-called catch-22, has become a designation for any paradoxical situation in which claiming you are X, means you are not X, and claiming you are not X, means that you are X.
New Zealand writer, born (1947). Her novel, The Bone People, won the Man Booker Prize in 1984.
American novelist and counterculture figure (1935–2001). Considered himself a bridge between the 1950’s Beat Generation and the 1960’s hippies. Author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Known for so-called Acid Test parties, that involved taking LSD and multimedia performances.
A. S. Klein
Born 1947. From his Author’s page on Amazon: “Anthony Kline lives in England. He graduated in Mathematics from the University of Manchester, and was Chief Information Officer (Systems Director) of a large UK Company, before dedicating himself to his literary work and interests.” His books are available on his website, Poetry in Translation, for free.
Featured on QQ, quotes from: A Honeycomb for Aphrodite, Reflections on Ovid’s Metamorphoses (2015).
American-Canadian, real name Kenneth Millar (1915–1983). Crime fiction writer behind the Lew Archer series of nearly twenty books that feature the eponymous Californian private detective. Succeeded Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler as the primary exponent to hardboiled mysteries in the 1950s and 60s.
Argentine Canadian anthologist, translator, novelist, born 1948. Author of numerous non-fiction works (most of which are English), amongst which are: A History of Reading (1996), The Library at Night (2007).
American playwright (born 1940). Known for his play Children of a Lesser God that received the Tony Award and the Olivier Award. Nominated for an Academy Award for the film script of Children of a Lesser God.
English fantasy fiction author, born 1972. Describes his work as weird fiction and plans to write a novel in every genre. Author of numerous books, amongst which are Predido Street Station (magic/steampunk), Iron Council (set in same world, styled after American Westerns), The Scar (sea-quest), The City & the City (detective noir). His books have been nominated for, and have won numerous awards, such as the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Hugo Award, and the Nebula Award.
English science fiction and fantasy author, born 1965. Known for his hardboiled cyberpunk debut novel, Altered Carbon, the first book in the trilogy featuring Envoy Takeshi Kovacs, and his fantasy trilogy A Land Fit for Heroes. Altered Carbon was the Philip K. Dick Award Best Novel winner 2003. His website can be found here.
American journalist, novelist, essayist (1890–1957). Author of numerous books and poems, amongst which Parnassus on Wheels (1917), The Haunted Bookshop (1919), and Pipefuls (1920). He revised and enlarged the 11th and 12th editions of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. E. B. White cited him as an early influence.
From his blog: “Professor of English and Media Studies at Rhode Island College. He’s written about Hip-hop (Spectacular Vernaculars, 1995) and the history of polar exploration (Arctic Spectacles, 2007), as well as a novel, PYG: The Memoirs of Toby, the Learned Pig. His newest book, Finding Franklin: The Untold Story of a 165-Year Search, has just been published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.”
to be featured on QQ, quotes to be taken from: Pyg: The Memoirs of Toby, the Learned Pig (2007).
French writer and Buddhist monk residing at Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling Monastery in Nepal, born 1946. Received a Ph.D. degree in molecular genetics from the Pasteur Institute in 1972. He coauthored The Quantum and the Lotus (2000) with Trinh Xuan Thuan, wrote A Plea for the Animals (2014) and numerous other books.
French philosopher, novelist, critic (1905–1980). Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature (1964), but refused it. One of the leading exponents of existentialism and phenomenology. According to Wikipedia, this is how Sartre said he would like to be remembered.
I would like [people] to remember Nausea, [my plays] No Exit and The Devil and the Good Lord, and then my two philosophical works, more particularly the second one, Critique of Dialectical Reason. Then my essay on Genet, Saint Genet…. If these are remembered, that would be quite an achievement, and I don’t ask for more. As a man, if a certain Jean-Paul Sartre is remembered, I would like people to remember the milieu or historical situation in which I lived,… how I lived in it, in terms of all the aspirations which I tried to gather up within myself.
British neurologist (1933-2015). Best known for his accounts of patients’ case histories and how they dealt with various neurological disorders. In particular The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (1985) and Musicophilia (2007). Called “poet laureate of contemporary medicine” and “one of the great clinical writers of the 20th century” by the New York Times.
Featured on QQ, quotes from: Introductory essay in Asylum : Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals by Christopher Payne (2009).
Nenad Novak Stefanović
Serbian author, born 1961.
Trinh Xuan Thuan
Vietnamese-American astrophysicist, born 1948 in Vietnam, studied in France, and later moved to America to pursue astrophysics; received his B.S. at the California Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. at Princeton University. He coauthored The Quantum and the Lotus (2000) with Matthieu Ricard, and has written three other popular science books The Birth of the Universe (1993), The Secret Melody (1994), Chaos and Harmony (2000).
E. B. White
American writer (1899–1985). Known primarily for the language style guide The Elements of Style (1959), often referred to as Strunk & White, and his wonderful children’s books Charlotte’s Web (1952) and Stuart Little (1945). He won a special Pulitzer Prize in 1978 for his letters, essays and the full body of his work. Practiced the writing style he advocated.
Walter “Walt” Whitman
American poet (1819–1892). A humanist. Often referred to as the father of free verse. Known for his at-the-time controversial poetry collection Leaves of Grass (1855).
British poet, novelist, theologian (1886–1945). Member of the Inklings, an informal literary group at the University of Oxford, which included writers such as C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien.