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Donald Davie

Donald Davie About British abstract and landscape poet and literary critic associated with The Movement in twentieth- century English poetry. His numerous publications include Events & Wisdoms, These the Companions, and To Scorch or Freeze. Life Before Becoming Famous He studied at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge and served in the British Navy in Russia during […]

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Mattie Stepanek

Mattie Stepanek About Child poet who is remembered for Heartsongs, a seven-volume, New York Times bestselling work. He died at age thirteen from an atypical form of muscular dystrophy. Life Before Becoming Famous He wrote his first poem when he was only three years old. Other Informations After his death, the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation […]

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Shakeel Badayuni

Shakeel Badayuni About Urdu-language poet and lyricist who won three Filmfare Best Lyricist Awards during the early 1960s. His acclaimed songs include “Chaudvin ka chand ho” and “Kahin deep jale kahin dil.” Life Before Becoming Famous He attended the Aligarh Muslim University, where he participated in numerous poetry readings. Other Informations He and Indian film […]

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Anise Koltz

Anise Koltz About Luxembourgish poet and author whose works include L’ailleurs des mots and Landschaftsverband Rheinland. Her numerous literary honors include the Batty Weber Prize and the Servais Prize. Life Before Becoming Famous Her early works were Luxembourgish and German-language fairy tales. Other Informations She is regarded by many critics as the most significant Luxembourgish […]

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Charles Cros

Charles Cros About Nineteenth-century French poet, humor writer, and inventor. His poetry collections include Plainte, La Vision du Grand Canal des Deux Mers, and the posthumously-published Le Collier de griffes. Life Before Becoming Famous He published poems in Renaissance litteraire et artistique, a journal that also featured the work of Verlaine and Mallarme. Other Informations […]

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Khalil Gibran

Khalil Gibran About Lebanese poet, author, and artist best known for The Prophet, a mystical, inspirational work that attained a cult following. He is also known for his 1912 poetic novel, Broken Wings. Life Before Becoming Famous He was the son of a Mount Lebanon apothecary. He published his first literary work, Nubthah fi Fan […]

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Theophile Gautier

Theophile Gautier About French poet, author, and critic who was associated with the Romantic and Parnassian literary movements. His poetic works include Albertus, La Comedie de la Mort, and Emaux et Camees. Life Before Becoming Famous He became a scholar of Latin in his teenage years. Other Informations His travel writings –– Voyage en Espagne, […]

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Ludovico Ariosto

Ludovico Ariosto About Italian poet and dramatist best known for a 1516 romantic epic entitled Orlando Furioso. He is also known for Cassaria, a play first performed in 1508. Life Before Becoming Famous He put his literary aspirations on hold in his early adulthood because his father insisted that he study law. Other Informations He […]

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Burns Singer

Burns Singer About Scottish poet and translator known for a 1957 poetry collection entitled Still and All. Also a journalist, he published Living Silver, Five Centuries of Polish Poetry, and other nonfiction works. Life Before Becoming Famous His birth name was James Hyman Singer. He was born in New York but raised in Scotland. Other […]

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Maxwell Bodenheim

Maxwell Bodenheim About A modernist poet and novelist of the Jazz Age, he is known for works such as Against this Age (1923), Minna and Myself (1918), Crazy Man (1924), and Replenishing Jessica (1925). He was a prominent figure in the Bohemian literary circles of Greenwich Village, New York. Life Before Becoming Famous He published […]

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Clark Coolidge

Clark Coolidge About American Language School poet known for Polaroid, Quartz Hearts, A Geology, and other poetry collections. His later works include Alien Tatters, This Time We are Both, and The Act of Providence. Life Before Becoming Famous He studied at Brown University before relocating to New York City in the early 1960s. Other Informations […]

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Rebecca Hammond Lard

Rebecca Hammond Lard About Massachusetts-born, Vermont and Indiana-based poet who published her famous long poem, “On the Banks of the Ohio,” in 1823. She also published an 1820 poetry collection entitled Miscellaneous Poems on Moral and Religious Subjects. Life Before Becoming Famous She was the eldest of ten children born to Priscilla and Jabez Hammond. […]

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Karina Galvez

Karina Galvez About Ecuadorian-born poet, songwriter, and children’s author known for her romantic, socio-political, and historical poems. She is perhaps best known for a 1995 collection entitled Poesia y Cantares. Life Before Becoming Famous She took classes in economics and tourism and also worked as a professional singer and voice-over artist. Other Informations Born in […]

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Anna Katharine Green

Anna Katharine Green About An American poet and novelist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, she was one of the first writers in the detective fiction genre. Her most famous detective novels include The Leavenworth Case (1878) and Marked “Personal” (1893). Life Before Becoming Famous She originally set out to write romantic verse. […]

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Lorenzo Thomas

Lorenzo Thomas About Panamanian-American poet and author whose best-known works include Chances are Few and Dancing on Main Street. He also made significant contributions to the field of African-American literary scholarship. Life Before Becoming Famous He attended New York’s Queens College and joined the Umbra Workshop, which was an important literary training ground for key […]