Category Archives: Biography

Biographical sketches of poets and authors.

Edgar Lee Masters Biography

What did contemporary scholars think of Edgar Lee Masters (1868-1950) during his lifetime? Here’s an interesting biography and analysis published in 1918, written by popular Yale professor William Lyon Phelps. Edgar Lee Masters was born in Kansas, on the twenty-third … Continue reading

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P. G. Wodehouse Biography

P. G. Wodehouse Biography  Sir Pelham Grenville (P. G.) Wodehouse (1881 – 1975) was a British humorist whose life spanned nearly a century. Best known for his novels featuring Bertie and Jeeves, Wodehouse (pronounced Woodhouse) also wrote short stories, plays, poems, and articles. His writings … Continue reading

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Jane Austen Biography

A Brief Biography of Jane Austen David Cody, Associate Professor of English, Hartwick College Jane Austen was born December 16, 1775, to Rev. George Austen and the former Cassandra Leigh in Steventon, Hampshire, the seventh of eight children. Like the … Continue reading

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Christina Rossetti Biography

Christina Rossetti Biography Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830 – 1894) was an English poet who wrote a variety of romantic, devotional, and children’s poems. She is famous for writing the words to the Christmas carol In the Bleak Midwinter. The Life of Christina Rossetti by Glenn Everett, … Continue reading

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Goethe Biography

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Biography Childhood Inspiration in Strasbourg Life in Weimar Faust & Other Writings Italian Journey & Classicism Friendship with Schiller Romanticism & Faust The Masterpiece Completed Childhood Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist and philosopher, … Continue reading

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Nathaniel Hawthorne Resources

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was an American novelist, most famous for his books The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables. Hawthorne resources on the Excellence in Literature site include: The House of Seven Gables: 1940 movie trailer Hawthorne … Continue reading

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Joseph Conrad Biography

This biography of Joseph Conrad comes from the Yale Modernism Lab, where you’ll find a wealth of resources about modernist writers in the years 1914-1926. You can view their original works and find out how they influenced each other; search … Continue reading

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Spenser Chronological Table of Events

What happened during the lifetime of Edmund Spenser (1552-1599), the author of The Faerie Queene? Learn more about this writer and put his life in context with the chart below. Chronological Table of Events By Dr. George Armstrong Wauchope, Professor … Continue reading

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Edmund Spenser Biography

The Life of Edmund Spenser Author of The Faerie Queene Spenser biography Dr. George Armstrong Wauchope, Professor of English, South Carolina College Birth and early years Edmund Spenser was born in London near the Tower in the year 1552. His … Continue reading

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T. S. Eliot Biography

This biography of T.S. Eliot comes from the Yale Modernism Lab, where you’ll find a wealth of resources about modernist writers in the years 1914-1926. You can view their original works and find out how they influenced each other; search … Continue reading

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