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  • It is 76 years today since K. Arne Blom was born.

    The Swedish author K. (Karl) Arne Blom was born in Nässjö where he passed his baccalaureate in 1967. Later the same year, he moved to Lund where he attended university, and was living there ever since. Blom graduated with a BA in 1972. He worked as a councillor at Lund University, as a freelance journalist, translator and literature critic.
    Blom became a member of the Swedish Crime Writers’ Aca...

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  • It is 234 years today since George Gordon Byron was born.

    An English poet and also a notorious adventurer and traveler, born in London. His father, who was known as "Mad Jack", did not hesitate to squander away a fortune and disappeared to France, where he died when his son was three years old. Byron had to spend his childhood together with his mentally weak mother in an impoverished home near Aberdeen in Scotland. But already at the age of ten he...

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  • It is 173 years today since August Strindberg was born.

    Johan August Strindberg was a Swedish author born in Stockholm to a large middle-class family. His father was head of the commercial steamer traffic on Lake Mälaren and the Göta Canal. His mother, Eleonora Ulrika Norling, had been waitress and a maid. She was Carl Oscar’s housekeeper at the time of their marriage in 1847. Two boys had been born by then. In 1851 and 1856 the family moved to a new h...

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  • It is 85 years today since Joseph Wambaugh was born.

    Joseph Aloysius Wambaugh, Jr. is an American author and former detective sergeant. He is best known for his police procedural novels in which he skilfully combines fact and fiction. Most of his books are based on more or less real cases as well as his own experience as a police officer and detective. Wambaugh has also published best-selling non-fiction books about murder investigations, many of...

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  • It is 129 years today since Fulton Oursler was born.

    The American author, playwright and magazine editor Fulton Oursler was born in Baltimore in a poor middle-class family. He left school at 15 and started to work as an office boy. In 1910 he got a job as a reporter on the Baltimore News American, and in the same year, aged 17, he married Rose Keller Karger. The couple had two children, of whom their son William ‘Will’ Oursler (1913–1985) became a w...

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Författarporträtt av Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
1977 -

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in the city of Enugu, southeast Nigeria, to a Christian Igbo family. It was the Igbo that attempted to form... Further reading

Portrait of Claudia Piñeiro

Piñeiro, Claudia
1960 -

Argentinian author born in Burzaco, Buenos Aires. Claudia Piñeiro started reading social sciences, but she switched to economics and became a ... Further reading

Portrait of Lynda La Plante

La Plante, Lynda
1943 -

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Författarporträtt av Dos Passos, John

Dos Passos, John
1896 - 1970

American author born in Chicago as John Roderigo Dos Passos to a wealthy lawyer of Portuguese descent. As a child, Dos Passos travelled extensively... Further reading