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a portrait of zora neale hurston by carl van vechten

Sylvia Plath (Oct 27, 1932–Feb 11, 1963), American poet, novelist, short story writer. She is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry and is best known for her two published collections, The Colossus and Other Poems and Ariel. In 1982, she won a Pulitzer Prize posthumously, for The Collected Poems. She also wrote The Bell Jar, a semi-autobiographical novel published shortly before her death. She married poet Ted Hughes in 1956 and they had two children, Frieda and Nicholas.

Testament of Youth: Vera Brittain's classic, 80 years on Vera Brittain lost her fiance, brother and two closest male friends in the first world war. She wrote Testament of Youth as a cry of outrage and agony, so that the futility of their deaths would be remembered. Eighty years on, it remains one of the most powerful and widely read war memoirs of all time.


Born in 1818 (d. 1848): the author of the indelible novel Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë ─ Said her novelist sister Charlotte of her, “My sister Emily loved the moors. Flowers brighter than the rose bloomed in the blackest of the heath for her; out of a sullen hollow in a livid hillside her mind could make an Eden. She found in the bleak solitude many and dear delights; and not the least and best-loved was – liberty.”

Truman Capote, 1948. Photograph by Carl Van Vechten ©Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Writer Edith Wharton and her dogs. Photograph by E.F. Cooper. Newport, Rhode Island, USA, c1896. Source: Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University

Edith Wharton in a hat with a feather, coat with fur trim, and fur muff. Newport, Rhode Island, USA, 1907. Source: Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University

"In the lusciousness of her language, my 13-year-old self found freedom and kindness and a way forward, a way to hold my head up... [I] grasped Maya to my heart — her beauteous, succulent words, her cadences singing out to me, a freed bird, winging around my cage." Roshi Fernando

Vita Sackville-West, London, 1939. British writer and poet. // The affair for which Sackville-West is most remembered was with the prominent writer Virginia Woolf in the late 1920s. Woolf wrote one of her most famous novels, Orlando, described by Sackville-West's son Nigel Nicolson as "the longest and most charming love-letter in literature", a biography beginning in the year 1500 and continuing to the present day, called Orlando

Donna Tartt!

William Faulkner.

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Bram Stoker

Franz Kafka

Sir Kingsley William Amis, CBE was an English novelist, poet, critic, and teacher. He wrote more than 20 novels, six volumes of poetry, a memoir, various short stories, radio and television scripts, along with works of social and literary criticism. According to his biographer, Zachary Leader, Amis was "the finest English comic novelist of the second half of the twentieth century." He was the father of British novelist Martin Amis.

Frances Burney , known after her marriage as Madame d’Arblay, was an English novelist, diarist and playwright. The third of six children, she was self-educated and began writing what she called her “scribblings” at the age of ten. In 1793, aged forty-two, she married a French exile, General Alexandre D'Arblay. After a lengthy writing career, and travels that took her to France for more than ten years, she settled in Bath, England, where she died on 6 January 1840

Anton Chekhov--Russian physician and dramatist: “Medicine is my lawful wife”, he once said, “and literature is my mistress.” fuckyeahhistorycr...

Carson McCullers (Feb 19,1917-Sept 29, 1967) American writer of novels, short stories, plays, essays, & poetry. First novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, explores spiritual isolation of misfits & outcasts of U.S. South. Her other novels have similar themes & are all set in the South. Wikipedia www.neabigread.or...

Xiao Hong (June 2, 1911 – January 22, 1942), also spelled Hsiao Hung, was a Chinese writer. Her real name was Zhang Naiying (张乃莹); she also used the pen name Qiao Yin.

Pearl S. Buck

Photograph of Edna Ferber from her autobiography, A Peculiar Treasure entitled “The Bernhardian Pose at Two.” The reference is to the great actress Sarah Bernhardt

Dorothy Parker (Poet/Satirist), professional smart ass.

Zora Neale Hurston (January 7, 1891 – January 28, 1960) was an American folklorist, anthropologist, and author during the time of the Harlem Renaissance.