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Alfred Lord Tennyson

1809 - 1892

The English poet Alfred Lord Tennyson was named Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during the largest part of Queen Victoria’s reign. He is, indeed, often regarded as the main figure of the Victorian age in poetry. He remains, nowadays, one of the most popular British poets.
His poetry is said to be remarkable for its metrical variety, its rich descriptive imagery and its exquisite
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Ambrose Bierce

1842 - 1914

Ambrose Bierce was an American Civil War soldier, journalist, wit and writer whose literary reputation was mostly based on his various short stories about the Civil War and the supernatural. His works are often compared to Poe’s tales because they share an attraction to death in its strangest forms and express the horror of life in a meaningless universe
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Arthur Conan Doyle

1859 - 1930

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a Scottish writer best known for his crime fictions and his creation of the detective Sherlock Holmes. He was a prolific author who wrote 4 novels and over 50 short stories featuring his famous detective. He is generally considered as a master in the field of detective fiction. He also wrote fantasy and science fiction stories, poetry, plays, non fiction, …
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Bret Harte

1836 - 1902

The American poet and short story writer, Bret Harte, is best known for his short fictions featuring figures of the California Gold Rush such as miners, misfits, gamblers, … As a writter, he helped create the local-colour school in the American fiction. He was also praised by Andrew Carnegie in his book Round the World as "America […] most distinctively national poet."
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Charles Dickens

1812 - 1870

Charles Dickens, regarded nowadays as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era, was an English writer and social critic. During his lifetime, he fought for children’s rights, education and other social reforms in England. He is mainly famous for his style, which is based on humour, satire, and on a precise observation of characters and society. He is also known for his massive production
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Christina Rossetti

1830 - 1894

Christina Rossetti is currently known as one of the most important English women poets in both range and quality. She is recognised for her works on fantasy, romantic, religious and children’s poetry. Two main themes recur throughout her poetry: transcience of material things and the resigned but passionate sadness of unhappy love
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Edgar Allan Poe

1809 - 1849

Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, editor and literary critic. He was the central figure of Romanticism in the United States and one of the country’s earliest practitioners of the short story. He is very famous for his tales and poems of horror and mystery, his short stories and his use of the macabre. He was also the first well known American writer to try and make a living out of writing
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Emily Brontë

1818 - 1848

The English novelist and poet, Emily Brontë produced but one novel, Wuthering Heights, now considered a classic of English Literature. This work of art, published under the pen name Ellis Bell, is a highly imaginative novel about passion and hate. We don’t know much about her life because she was the most reserved of the 3 Brontë sisters. Furthermore, she left no interesting correspondance
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Emily Dickinson

1830 - 1886

The American poet Emily Dickinson and her contemporary Walt Whitman are regarded as the founders of a unique American poetic voice.
As the former lived in seclusion, only ten of her nearly 1800 poems are known to have been published in her lifetime. Her poems are unique for the era in which she wrote because she freely ignored the usual rules of versification. Her work’s main themes are death
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Frank Richard Stockton

1834 - 1902

Frank Richard Stockton was an American popular novelist, short story writer and humorist known for a series of innovative fairy tales for children. In his tales, he "avoided the didactic moralizing common to children’s stories of the time, using clever humor to poke at greed, violence, abuse of power" and other human weaknesses, instead. His most famous fable remains "The Lady, or the Tiger?"
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Hamlin Garland

1860 - 1940

American novelist, poet, essayist and short story writer, Hamlin Garland is generally acknowledged for his fictional works involving hard-working Midwestern farmers.
He was made member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1918 and won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1922 with his book A Daughter of the Middle Borde