Aphra Behn

Aphra Behn by Mary Beale “All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn which is, most scandalously but rather appropriately, in Westminster Abbey, for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds.” So wrote Virginia Woolf in A Room of One’s [...]

Gertrude Jekyll

Gertrude Jekyll was born in Mayfair, the fifth of seven children. Her father was a Captain in the Grenadier Guards. Her younger brother was a friend of Robert Louis Stevenson, who borrowed the family name for his book Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Her on circle of friends was wide and influential and [...]

Anna Akhmatova

Anna Akhmatova was a Russian modernist poet and one of the most acclaimed writers in the Russian canon. Besides poetry, she wrote memoirs, autobiographical pieces and literary criticism. Born into an upper-class family in Odessa and brought up in a glamorous suburb of St. Petersburg, Anna was the [...]

Louisa M. Alcott

Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents! One of the most famous opening lines of any novel was penned by Louisa M Alcott at the start of the novel based upon her own childhood, Little Women. Louisa May Alcott was born in 1832, in Pennsylvania. She was taught by her father, a [...]

Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein was an American author best known for her modernist writings, extensive art collection and for the literary salon she hosted in 1920s Paris. Gertrude was born, the youngest of five children, in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, to wealthy German-Jewish immigrants. At the age of three, her [...]

Rumer Godden

Introduction: When I first started to read I read voraciously. I took up residence in the local library and sat on my bedroom windowsill so that I could read into the early hours of the morning, long after my parents had called for me to put the light out, using the orange glow from a nearby street [...]
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