Classic Author Focus: Alan Paton

Alan Paton Alan Paton was a South African novelist and poet best known for Cry, The Beloved Country. He was also known as an early and important anti-apartheid activist. I found several mentions but was unable to find the attribution of a phrase applied to him as the man who "pulled up barbed wire fences … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Alan Paton


Classic Author Focus: Astrid Lindgren

Astrid Lindgren Astrid Lindgren was a Swedish writer best known for her Pippi Longstocking books. She was also a playwright and wrote more than 30 books for children. She is the fourth most translated children's literature writer. Many of Lindgren's children's books reflect her memories of growing up in Näs, Sweden. After school, Lindgren took … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Astrid Lindgren

Classic Author Focus: Angela Thirkell

Angela Thirkell Angela Thirkell had quite the pedigree. She was the daughter of John William Mackail, a Scottish Classical scholar, and Margaret Burne-Jones, who herself was the daughter of the Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones. She was a cousin of Rudyard Kipling, and her brother Denis Mackail, was also a novelist. Thirkell was educated at St. … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Angela Thirkell

Classic Author Focus: Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson Although Robert Louis Stevenson suffered from severe bronchial trouble most of his life, he still traveled extensively and was a prolific writer of novels, essays, poems, and travel books and articles. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of a lighthouse engineer. As a child, he suffered from ill health, as … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Robert Louis Stevenson

Classic Author Focus: Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield Katherine Mansfield was a New Zealand author who was considered a master of the short story form and one of the most influential and important Modernist authors. Her works explored anxiety, existentialism, and sexuality, and eventually developed a New Zealand identity. Mansfield was born in Thornton near Wellington to a socially prominent family. … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Katherine Mansfield