People have phobias of many kinds. Some have phobia of heights, some of water, some of speaking in front of an audience and the list can go on and on.But in today's time when our lives have become so dependent on mobile phones that we can not imagine even spending a minute without them. There has emerged a new kind of phobia called: "Nomophobia"‘Nomophobia’ is the short form of ‘no mobile phone phobia’. A ‘nomophobe’ spends sleepless nights worrying about the following things: that the phone batte... read more »
Firstly I was written as " First Impressions" and sent through my writer's father to Thomas Cadell, the great publisher who denied me my rightful dignity by refusing to publish me even without taking a cursory glance at me.Disheartened by this cruel behaviour my creator Jane Austen decided to bury me in a trunk. Then she put all of her efforts to create another marvel named " Sense and Sensibility" which saw the light of the day in 1811.It won many hearts. And encouraged by its success she reincarnated m... read more »
First performed in 1958, this is a play of its time. I’m not sure the modern generation would understand the subtleties of the upper middle class family and its seething social and class tensions. The addition of the German tutor as a fulcrum for change, so short a time after the war, would nowadays not have the power and relevance it must have had for an audience of the day. Of course, those of my own generation, and earlier, would appreciate these factors, but whether the play could be enjoyed by a you... read more »
Dorothy Mae Ann Wordsworth (25 December 1771 – 25 January 1855) was an English author, poet and diarist. She was the sister of the Romantic poet William Wordsworth, and the two were close for all of their lives. Dorothy Wordsworth did not set out to be an author, and her writings consist only of a series of letters, diary entries, poems and short stories.On the night before William's marriage, Dorothy wore the ring he intended to give his bride. She later detailed her brother's wedding in her journal, wr... read more »
Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 – 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English author who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer.
He is also the subject of "the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature”: James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson.
After working as a teacher, he moved to London, where he began to write miscellaneous pieces for The Gentleman's ... read more »
Sir Thomas Wyatt, the poet diplomat, bought the sonnet to the English court then Henry Howard, the soldier, poet, Earl of Surrey became the innovator of the form of three quatrains followed by an heroic couplet.
A Sonnet is a form of a poem that originated in Europe, mainly Italy: the Sicilian poet Giacomo da Lentini is credited with its invention. They commonly contain 14 lines. The term "sonnet" derives only from the Occitan word sonet and the Italian word sonetto, both meaning "little song" or "l... read more »
Sylvia Plath (1932– 1963) was an American poet, novelist and short story writer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College, Cambridge before receiving acclaim as a professional poet and writer. She married fellow poet Ted Hughes in 1956 and they lived together first in the United States and then England, having two children together. Following a long struggle with depression and a marital separation, Plath committed suicide in 1963. Controversy continues to surround ... read more »
The Bloomsbury Group — or Bloomsbury Set — was an enormously influential group of associated English writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists, the best known members of which included Virginia Woolf , John Maynard Keynes , E. M. Forster and Lytton Strachey. This loose collective of friends and relatives lived, worked or studied together near Bloomsbury , London, during the first half of the 20th century.According to Ian Ousby, "although its members denied being a group in any formal sense, they w... read more »
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Most of us have heroes we look up to in one way or another. Sometimes it's simply the creative output we admire, sometimes it's the person rather than the work, and sometimes, just occasionally, it's both.
So, who do you look up to, whose work do you admire?
I'll start the ball rolling with my own listing.
I grew up long before the Harry Potternovels were written, let alone published, but I admire the story-telling, imagination and range of language used by J.K.Rowling in these... read more »
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