14 June 1811: Birth of Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe was born into an era in which women were assigned an inferior role. But through her writing, and her most famous work, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Stowe was influential in the abolitionist cause.

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22 March 1910: Birth of Nicholas Monsarrat, British Novelist

Nicholas John Turney Monsarrat was born on 22 March 1910 in Liverpool, England.

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19 March 1950: Death of Edgar Rice Burroughs, American Novelist

Edgar Rice Burroughs was born on 1 September 1875 in Chicago, Illinois, USA, the son of George and Mary Burroughs.

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10 March 1810: Birth of Samuel Ferguson, Irish Poet

Samuel Ferguson, poet, antiquarian, barrister and archivist, was born in Belfast on 10 March 1810. He was the youngest of the six children of John and Agnes Ferguson. His father’s family had lived in Ulster since the seventeenth century but their property in county Antrim did not provide them much towards the children’s education. Read

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Biography of J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973) was an English writer and academic with a love of languages. His interest in myths and legends brought us The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and the many races of Middle-earth. These stories made him the father of the fantasy genre.

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