Classic Author Focus: Maria Edgeworth

Maria Edgeworth Maria Edgeworth was an 18th and early 19th century Anglo-Irish writer who wrote novels of Irish life and also was the first realistic writer of children's books. She was considered a significant figure in the evolution of European fiction. Edgeworth was born in England and lived there until she was fifteen, when her … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Maria Edgeworth

Classic Author Focus: Tove Ditlevsen

Tove DitlevsenA writer in many genres, including poetry, Tove Ditlevsen was one of Denmark's most famous authors at the time of her death. Ditlevsen was born in a working class area of Copenhagen. She led a difficult life, and her work often reflects the loneliness of living in the poorer regions of the city. Not … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Tove Ditlevsen

Monthly Meme: What Kinds of Classic Books Do You Prefer?

Last month's discussion about what a classic book was very interesting and provoked a lot of response, I thought, so I figured I would suggest another topic, this one much more subjective. When you read classic literature, what's your preference, or will you read anything? Do you prefer the "literary" authors, like Dickens, Hugo, Austen, … Continue reading Monthly Meme: What Kinds of Classic Books Do You Prefer?

Classic Author Focus: Gabriela Mistral

Gabriela MistralGabriela Mistral was a Chilean poet, diplomat, and educator who was the first Latin-American author to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. She was also more recently shown through an archive of her letters to be a lesbian, despite her image being appropriated by Pinochet's military dictatorship as an example of a celibate, saint-like … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Gabriela Mistral