Anniversaries - December 11, 2018

It is 154 years today since Maurice Leblanc was born.

Maurice Marie Émile Leblanc was a French author born in Rouen, Normandy. His father was a shipowner. Leblanc did well at school, received several prizes and he turned out to have a talent for writing. He also spent a great deal of time in the open air, making long excursions in the countryside near his hometown. After attending Lycée Pierre Corneille in Rouen he began to read law in Paris, but h...

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It is 107 years today since Naguib Mahfouz was born.

Naguib Mahfouz was born in Cairo as the youngest child of five boys and two girls. His family was of Muslim middle-class origin and lived in the old neighborhood of el-Gamaleyya until 1924, when they moved to the newly-built district of el-Abbaseyya in northeastern Cairo. These areas of his childhood and adolescence are important environments in many of Mahfouz works.
His father, described as...

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It is 100 years today since Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was born.

Russian author, born in Kislovodsk in the Caucasus and raised in Rostov. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn studied mathematics and physics at the university in Rostov, obtaining his degree in 1941. He also studied history, philosophy, and literature by correspondence. During the Second World War, he served as an artillery captain, but was arrested in 1945 for having criticized Stalin in letters. He was...

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It is 58 years today since Frode Grytten was born.

Frode Grytten is a Norwegian author and journalist born and raised in Odda, a small industrial community in southwest Norway. His mother was a hairdresser and his father a furniture salesman. He now lives with his wife and children in Bergen where he moved as a student. He began to write at an early age and has, among other things, worked for the Bergen’s Tidende newspaper and the Magasinet I...

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It is 54 years today since Helene Uri was born.

The Norwegian author and linguist Helene Uri was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and grew up in Bærum and Hageby, Oslo. Her parents were both natural scientists. Helene Uri read linguistics at the University of Oslo where she was awarded a Ph.D. in 1996 with a dissertation about aphasia and language impairments caused by brain damage. She was well acquainted with the problem as her own sister lost ...

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It is 141 years today since Paul Rosenhayn was born.

German journalist and internationally acclaimed author of detective stories, best known for his more than forty screenplays
Paul Rosenhayn was born in Hamburg. His father was a captain in the merchant navy, and the family often moved. He attended school in England for several years and completed his education in Germany. He enrolled at law school, but after the first semester he decided he...

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Karlfeldt, Erik Axel
1864 - 1931

The Swedish poet Erik Axel Karlfeldt was born as Erik Axel Eriksson in the village of Karlbo in the province of Dalarna. His father, Erik Eriksson,... Further reading

Burroughs, William S.
1914 - 1997

American author born in St. Louis, Missouri. Burroughs came from a prominent family and was educated at the Los Alamos Ranch School, the most... Further reading

Keats, John
1795 - 1821

The English poet John Keats was born in London. His father, who was stable manager at the Swan and Hoop Inn, died in an accident when his son was... Further reading

Milton, John
1608 - 1674

The English poet John Milton was born in London as the son of a wealthy Catholic burgher. He attended Christ's College, Cambridge, between 1625 and... Further reading