García Márquez drew international acclaim for the novel Cien aos de soledad(1967), which was later translated as One Hundred Years of Solitude. With this book, he is credited with helping to introduce the world to magical realism, a literary genre that combines facts and fantasy. Another one of his novels, El amor en los tiempos... Continue Reading →

  Smith wrote her first play at age ten. In her earliest appearance, at thirteen years old, she played an inn-keeper’s boy in Le Courrier de Lyon. In 1910, her mother remarried and they moved to London, where her mother encouraged her to continue performing. She began studying in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art... Continue Reading →

  There were FOUR versions of the play: the 1608 First Quarto (possibly from Shakespeare's 'foul papers'); the 1608 (although printed in 1619), Second Quarto; the 1623 First Folio; and the 1632 Second Folio. The modern text of the play is a conflation of the two quarto versions and the first of the folios, thanks to... Continue Reading →

  Wiesel survived Auschwitz, Buna, Buchenwald and Gleiwitz before the liberation of the camps in April 1945. Wiesel has since published over thirty books, earned the Nobel Peace Prize. Elie Wiesel's statement, "...to remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all..." stands as a succinct summary of his views on life and serves as the... Continue Reading →

  Irving's novels often deal with controversial subject matter in a way that's been heralded as quirky, humorous and brave. He's dealt with the issue of married couples swapping partners, parental loss, feminism, childhood abuse, and both open bisexuality and repressed homosexuality in narratives that explore conventionality and challenge tradition. The most important symbol in... Continue Reading →

  The Bell Jar is an autobiographical novel that conforms closely to the events of the author’s life. Sylvia Plath was born to Otto and Aurelia Plath in 1932 and spent her early childhood in the seaport town of Winthrop, Massachusetts. Otto Plath died when Plath was eight years old, and she moved with her... Continue Reading →

  John Michael Green was born on August 24, 1977, to Mike and Sydney Green in Indianapolis. His initial aim was to become an Episcopal priest. However, the time he spent among children with terminal-illness stimulated him to become a writer. Afterwards, he worked as a publishing assistant for Booklist, a book review journal. Green wrote... Continue Reading →

  Markus' book is set in Nazi Germany. It's surprising especially since he was raised in Sydney, Australia. The author says his parents told him powerful stories when he was ten years old...and he never forgot them. "My mom told a story about a young boy who ran into his house and got a piece... Continue Reading →

  The Brothers Karamazov was the last novel the great Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky ever wrote, and it has all the energy and passion of a man's last words. First appearing in serial form in 1879-80, it's generally considered one of the best novels ever written in any language. The plot of the novel revolves around... Continue Reading →

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