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Bram Stoker and Vampires

Bram Stoker and Vampires

Bram Stoker and Vampires


Bram Stoker is best known as the author of Dracula (1897), one of the most famous horror novels of all time.
Abraham Stoker was born on November 8, 1847 in Clontarf, Ireland. He was a sickly child and spent a lot of time in bed, where his mother read him horror stories. However, at Trinity College he excelled in athletics. In 1870 he graduated with honors in mathematics. For ten years he worked in the Irish Civil Service.
Young Bram had always dreamed of becoming a writer. His first story was a dream fantasy called The Crystal Cup (1872). It was published by The London Society. Three years later he wrote a four-part horror story called The Chain of Destiny. He also found time to work as editor for The Irish Echo.
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Honore de Balzac and Eveline Hanska

Honore de Balzac and Eveline Hanska

Honore de Balzac and Eveline Hanska


The great French writer Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) was born in Tours in the family of a poor civil servant and the daughter of a French bourgeois. The boy spent his childhood away from his parents’ house. At first, the nurse, a simple peasant woman, was engaged in the upbringing of the boy, and when he was four years old, Honore was given to a boarding school. Up to eighteen years, Balzac was forced to study and live in boarding schools and colleges, and all his life the writer remembered this time as the most difficult and bleak. Honore spent every spare minute in libraries, read a lot, but when he tried to write himself, he was ridiculed by his peers, who gave the future writer a derisive nickname “poet”.
When the boy was 14 years old, he suffered a severe nervous disease, and the parents were forced to take Honore home. A year later Balzac’s family moved to Paris, where the child was again sent to a boarding school.
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Boris Pasternak and Olga Ivinskaya

Boris Pasternak and Olga Ivinskaya

Boris Pasternak and Olga Ivinskaya

An outstanding poet, the Nobel Prize laureate Boris Pasternak, was largely owed to a woman who entered his life so suddenly to stay there until the last days.
Boris Leonidovich Pasternak was born in Moscow on January 29 (February 10) in 1890 into the family of an artist and pianist. Famous people gathered in their house: artists, musicians, writers, and from childhood Boris was familiar with the most famous people of art in Russia. At the age of eighteen, Pasternak entered the Faculty of Law of the Moscow Imperial University, and a year later was transferred to the Faculty of History and Philology. The young man wished to become a philosopher. A few years later, on the money collected by a careful mother, the young man went to Germany to listen to lectures of the famous German philosopher. But there he was disappointed in this science and went to Italy. Boris returned to Moscow with an insistent desire to devote himself to literature and poetry.
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Charles Lindbergh – Lucky Lindy

Charles Lindbergh - Lucky Lindy

Charles Lindbergh – Lucky Lindy


Charles Lindbergh was an American aviator. He was the first person to fly an airplane alone across the Atlantic Ocean without stopping.
Charles Augustus Lindbergh was born on February 4, 1902, in Detroit, Michigan. His father was a congressman from Minnesota.
He studied flying in Lincoln, Nebraska (1920-1922). He made his first solo flight in 1923 and thereafter made exhibition flights and short hops in the Midwest.
In 1926 he began flying mail between Saint Louis, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois.
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Jack London – popular novelist

Jack London - popular novelist

Jack London – popular novelist


Jack London fought his way up from a hard life of a factory worker in Oakland, California to become the highest paid, most popular novelist and short story writer of his day. His writing appealed not to the few, but to millions of people all around the world. Some of his writings have been translated into as many as seventy different languages.
Jack was a celebrity, a colorful and controversial personality. He was a fiery and eloquent public speaker, and an avid lecturer. He was one of the most attractive and romantic figures of his time.
He worked hard and tried never to miss his early morning 1,000- word writing stint. Between 1900 and 1916 he completed over fifty books, hundreds of short stories, and numerous articles on a wide range of topics.
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Rick Bass – American writer

Rick Bass - American writer

Rick Bass – American writer

Rick Bass is an environmental activist and writer.
Rick was born on March 7, 1958 in south Texas and grew up there. His father was a geologist. His grandfather told him interesting stories during deerhunting trips.
In 1979, he received a degree in geology from Utah State University and then worked as a petroleum geologist in Mississippi. This experience informed one of his better-known nonfiction books, Oil Notes.
Bass has lived in Texas, Mississippi, Vermont, Utah, Arkansas, and Montana.
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Isabel Allende – Latin American writer

Isabel Allende - Latin American writer

Isabel Allende – Latin American writer

Isabel Allende is a Latin American writer. Her many books, in Spanish, have been translated into several languages. The author has received international acclaim for her writing.
Isabel was born on August 2, 1942, in Lima, Peru. Her parents divorced three years later. In 1953, her mother married Ramon Huidobro, a Chilean diplomat. Allende graduated from a private high school in Santiago, Chile, and shortly after married Miguel Frias. They had two children.
Allende worked as a secretary for the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization in Santiago and then began successful careers in the theatre and print and broadcast journalism.
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