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Saki

1870 - 1916

Saki was the pen name of the British writer and journalist Hector Hugh Munro. Influenced by such authors as Oscar Wilde or Lewis Carroll, Saki was considered a master of the short story. To depict the Edwardian social scene, he generally used a casual wit in his stories, his main goals being to satirize social pretention, unkindness and stupidity and to create an atmosphere of horro
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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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Alice Dunbar-Nelson

1875 - 1935

In her early years, Alice Dunbar-Nelson was a teacher who went on to become politically active for both African-American and women’s rights. Alice was an American poet, journalist, and political activist. Among the first generation born free in the South after the Civil War, she was one of the prominent African Americans involved in the artistic flourishing of the Harlem Renaissance. She wrote a
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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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Arthur Quiller-Couch

1863 - 1944

Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch was a Cornish writer who published many novels but is most well known for his monumental publication, The Oxford Book of English Verse 1250-1900. He was also celebrated for his literary criticism, influencing many writers around the world
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Beatrix Potter

1866 - 1943

Beatrix Potter was an English writer and illustrator, most famous for her stories featuring animals, notably The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which she published in her thirties and saw much success. Raised in an upper-class family by governesses, Potter was often isolated from other children, so she held great love for her many pets and the nature around her.
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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."