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  • It is 125 years today since C.S. Lewis was born.

    The British author C.S. (Clive Staples) Lewis was born in Belfast. His father was a solicitor. Lewis read philosophy, literature and English at Oxford until 1917, when he served in WWI and was wounded by a British shell near Lilliers in France in April 1918. He taught English literature at Magdalen College, Oxford, between 1925 and 1954 when he accepted the chair of Mediaeval and Renaissance...

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  • It is 66 years today since Jean-Philippe Toussaint was born.

    Belgian author and filmer, born in Brussels. He spent a large part of his youth in Paris, where he eventually also came to study political science and contemporary history. In 1982-84 he lived in Algeria, teaching French. It was also here that he began writing what would become his debut novel, The Bathroom (1985, La salle de bain). Jean-Philippe Toussaint has periodically also lived on Corsica,...

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Författarporträtt av Unsworth, Barry

Unsworth, Barry
1930 - 2012

The British author Barry Unsworth was born to a family of miners in County Durham, northeast England. They moved away from...

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Författarporträtt av Huxley, Aldous

Huxley, Aldous
1894 - 1963

The British novelist, essayist, short story writer and critic Aldous Huxley was born in Godalming in Surrey. He belonged to...

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Författarporträtt av Auster, Paul

Auster, Paul
1947 -

American author from a Jewish family, born in Newark, New Jersey. His parents, Queenie and Samuel Auster, came from Poland....

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Författarporträtt av Izner, Claude

Izner, Claude

Liliane Korb and Laurence Lefèvre, are the two sisters behind the pseudonym Claude Izner. Their father was a bookseller, a ...

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