Charles Sorley

Charles Sorley

Biography of Charles Sorley (1895 – 1915) Charles Hamilton Sorley (May 19, 1895 – October 13, 1915) was a British poet of World War I. Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, he was educated, like Siegfried Sassoon, at Marlborough College (1908-1913). At Marlborough College Sorley’s favourite pursuit was cross-country running in the rain, a theme evident in … Read more

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl

Biography of Roald Dahl (1916 – 1990) Roald Dahl (September 13, 1916 – November 23, 1990) was a British novelist and short story author of Norwegian descent, famous as a writer for both children and adults. Among his most popular books are Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Witches … Read more

Algernon Charles Swinburne

Algernon Charles Swinburne

Biography of Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837 – 1909) Swinburne attended Eton and then Balliol College, Oxford, where he met William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones and Gabriel Rossetti. He left Oxford without a degree and travelled on the Continent for a while, an allowance from his father enabling him to pursue his interests without the necessity of … Read more

Sir Walter Raleigh

Sir Walter Raleigh

Biography of Sir Walter Raleigh (1554 – 1618) Sir Walter Raleigh (1554 – October 29, 1618) is famed as a writer, poet, spy, and explorer. Note: Many alternate spellings of his surname exist, including Rawley, Ralegh, and Rawleigh; although “Raleigh” appears most commonly today, he himself used that spelling . Walter Raleigh was born around … Read more

Christopher Smart

Christopher Smart

Biography of Christopher Smart (1722 – 1771) Christopher Smart (April 11, 1722 – May 21, 1771), English poet, son of Peter Smart, of an old north country family, was born at Shipbourne, Kent. His father was steward for the Kentish estates of William, Viscount Vane, younger son of Lord Barnard of Raby Castle, Durham. Christopher … Read more

Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy

Biography of Carol Ann Duffy (1955 – ) Carol Ann Duffy (born December 23, 1955) is a British poet born in Glasgow. She grew up in Staffordshire and graduated in philosophy from Liverpool University in 1977, before moving to London. She now lives in Manchester with her daughter Ella (born 1995) and her partner, the … Read more

Osip Mandelstam

Osip Mandelstam

Biography of Osip Mandelstam (1891 – 1938) Osip Emilyevich Mandelstam (also spelled Mandelshtam) (Russian: О́сип Эми́льевич Мандельшта́м) (January 15 (January 3 old style), 1891 – December 27, 1938) was a Russian poet and essayist, one of the foremost members of the Acmeist school of poets. Mandelstam was born in Warsaw, to a wealthy Jewish family. … Read more

Sir Thomas Brown

Sir Thomas Brown

Biography of Sir Thomas Brown (1830 – 1897) Thomas Edward Brown (May 5, 1830 – October 29, 1897), British poet, scholar and divine, was born at Douglas, Isle of Man. His father, the Rev. Robert Brown, held the living of St Matthew’s–a homely church in a poor district. His mother came of Scottish parentage, though … Read more

Octavio Paz

Octavio Paz

Biography of Octavio Paz (1914 – 1998) Octavio Paz (March 31, 1914 – April 19, 1998) was a Mexican writer and diplomat. Paz was born in Mexico City. In 1945, he entered the Mexican diplomatic service, and worked in France until 1962. He was encouraged to write by a young Pablo Neruda, who was working … Read more

Helen Dunmore

Helen Dunmore

Biography of Helen Dunmore (1952 – 2017) Helen Dunmore was a British poet, novelist and children’s writer. She lived in Bristol and published seven novels and two collections of short stories. Her collections of poetry include Out of the Blue (2001), Bestiary (1997), Secrets (1994), Recovering a Body (1994), Short Days, Long Nights (1991), The … Read more