Classic Author Focus: Murasaki Shikibu

When I thought it was about time I featured a classic Asian writer and looked for a woman writer, my searches did not find the name of anyone except modern writers or classic male writers. Then I remembered The Tale of Genji. No one actually knows who Murasaki Shikibu, the author of the Japanese classic The … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Murasaki Shikibu

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Classic Author Focus: Teffi

The book I read by Teffi for the last Classics Club Spin made me interested in learning more about her. Teffi was the pen name for Nadezhda Alexandrovna Lokhvitskaya, one of the most prominent Russian writers of her time and a favorite of both Tsar Nicholas II and of Lenin. She was a humorist, writing … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Teffi

Classic Author Focus: Sigrid Undset

A friend recently blogged about Kristin Lavransdattar, which gave me the idea for my next focus post. Although Sigrid Undset is known mostly for that powerful depiction of of medieval life in Norway, she was also the author of contemporary realistic novels. Her novels written later in life were informed by her conversion to Catholicism. She is … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Sigrid Undset

Classic Author Focus: Dorothy Whipple

As a schoolgirl, Dorothy Stirrup published more than forty stories in the "Children's Corner" of the Blackburn Weekly Telegraph. Later, she became a successful and popular novelist, short story and children's book writer, whose work reflected the concerns of her time. Because her novels were almost all set in Nottingham or Blackburn, where she lived all … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Dorothy Whipple