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OTD d. H. Rider Haggard – 12 quotes & how to survive reading in the modern era

Today is the anniversary of the death of Sir Henry Rider Haggard (1856 – 1925). Haggard was a Norfolk born English writer famous for his adventure stories, but he also wrote non fiction. His two most popular books were King Solomon’s Mines (1885) and She (1886). A Rider Haggard Society (UK) was formed in 1985. Trivial fact: Haggard named three of his daughters after heroines … Continue reading OTD d. H. Rider Haggard – 12 quotes & how to survive reading in the modern era

Charles Dickens anniversary – 31 quotes

Anniversary of the death of Charles Dickens Today is the anniversary of the death of Charles Dickens (b.7 February 1812 – d.9 June 1870). Dickens was a great Victorian novelist and the creator of an extensive range of vivid fictional characters. He was also a journalist, speaker and social critic. In his childhood Dicken’s father was imprisoned for debt and the 12 year old Charles was … Continue reading Charles Dickens anniversary – 31 quotes

Happy birthday, Thomas Hardy – 17 quotes

Happy birthday, Thomas Hardy! Today is the birthday of Thomas Hardy (b.2 June 1840 – d.11 January 1928). Hardy was a celebrated and influential English novelist and poet. And is a favourite of mine. Author of such works as Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891), and Jude the Obscure (1895). And some fine poetry. Most … Continue reading Happy birthday, Thomas Hardy – 17 quotes

Happy birthday, G. K. Chesterton – 19 quotes

Happy birthday, G. K. Chesterton! Today is the birthday of G. K. Chesterton (b.29 May 1874 – d.14 June 1936). Chesterton was an English writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, speaker, lay theologian (Catholic), biographer and literary/art critic – phew! He is probably best known for his fictional priest/detective series, Father Brown. My own favourites are the novels The Man Who Was Thursday and The Napoleon … Continue reading Happy birthday, G. K. Chesterton – 19 quotes

QUIZ answers – Identify these quotes about reading

Don’t look yet – have a try first! Answers: Napoléon Bonaparte (1769 – 1821) Jane Austen (1775 – 1817) Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 – 1864) Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 – 1861) Margaret Fuller (1810 – 1850) Gustave Flaubert (1821 – 1880) Mark Twain (1835 – 1910) Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) Not easy – how many did you get right?     Continue reading QUIZ answers – Identify these quotes about reading

11 quotes from James Boswell

Today is the anniversary of the death of James Boswell (b.29 October 1740 – d.19 May 1795). Boswell was a Scottish landowner, biographer and diarist, best known for his Life of Samuel Johnson (1791). There is a Boswell Society here on WordPress. Boswell famously quoted Dr Johnson as saying: “No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.” I’m not sure what either would … Continue reading 11 quotes from James Boswell

QUIZ – Identify these quotes about reading

Can you identify the above quotes about reading? Need some clues? Read on. [Warning – clue below] To help you here is a list of the authors responsible for the quotes –the list is presented in chronological order by birth. Napoléon Bonaparte (1769 – 1821) Jane Austen (1775 – 1817) Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 – 1864) Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 – 1861) Margaret Fuller (1810 – … Continue reading QUIZ – Identify these quotes about reading