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Edgar Allan Poe – Horror writer and poet

Edgar Allan Poe - Horror writer and poet

Edgar Allan Poe – Horror writer and poet

Edgar Allan Poe is the founder of the genre of the detective fiction. It was he who came up with the main component of a criminal story – the image of a brilliant detective. But he created at least two more genres of literature: fiction story and a horror novel. What we now call Gothic literature.
His life was hard – orphanhood, separation from his beloved sister, cruel guardian, jealousy and betrayal of friends, work for ridiculous fees, the death of his wife, alcoholism, drug addiction, madness… His death was even worse. But it gave special mystique to writer’s gothic. There is written “truthful testimony” that one of the admirers, three years after his death met him and had a long conversation. There are mediums who claim that the spirit of the writer “got in touch and told how he had been buried alive”.
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Dave Foreman – radical environmental activist

Dave Foreman - radical environmental activist

Dave Foreman – radical environmental activist


Dave Foreman is an American radical environmental activist, co-founder of Earth First! He wants to slow or stop strip mining, clear-cut logging of old-growth forests, the damming of wild rivers, and other environmentally destructive practices.
Dave was born in 1947 into a family of a United States Air Force employee and traveled widely while growing up.
In college he chaired the conservative Young Americans for Freedom. In the 1970s Foreman was a conservative Republican and moderate environmentalist. He worked for the Wilderness Society in Washington, DC.
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Alice Bailey – Theosophical writer

Alice Bailey - Theosophical writer

Alice Bailey – Theosophical writer

Alice Bailey became a real teacher for many people: her word was a law, and personality was an object for imitation. But Alice’s enemies questioned everything she said, wrote and did…
Much of her biography is surrounded by a veil of mystery, and today you cannot find out where the truth and the fiction are.
A certain fact: she was born in Manchester on June 16, 1880 in an old and noble family. When Alice LaTrobe Bateman (her full maiden name) was 6 years old, she was left without parents. At first the father died of tuberculosis, and soon the mother died. The girl was brought up by her grandparents. They were very strict. The girl was not allowed to communicate with other children. Her life was strictly regulated. Rhetoric, literature, music, dancing, riding, etiquette – the girl did not have a single free minute. If Alice did not cope with the task, she was punished. The girl tried to commit suicide three times. The first attempt was made at the age of 6 and the last when she was fifteen…
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Barry Commoner – environmental scientist

Barry Commoner - environmental scientist

Barry Commoner – environmental scientist

Barry Commoner was an American biologist, environmental scientist, author, and social activist. In 1980 he was an US presidential candidate. He was one of the founders of the modern environmental movement who was referred to as the Paul Revere of Ecology.
Barry Commoner was born on May 28, 1917 in Brooklyn in a family of Jewish immigrants from the Russian Empire. He was the nephew of a translator and researcher of classical Russian prose, dean of the Slavic department of the New York Public Library Abram Yarmolinsky (1890-1975). His father, Isidor Commoner, was a tailor from Chisinau. He became blind when his son was a child. Barry’s mother, Golda Yarmolinskaya was a housewife.
Barry graduated from the University of Columbia with a bachelor’s degree. In 1938 he received a master’s degree. And in 1941 Commoner earned a doctorate in biology from Harvard.
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Cleveland Amory – American activist and writer

Cleveland Amory - American activist and writer

Cleveland Amory – American activist and writer

Cleveland Amory was an American writer, who devoted his life to defending animal rights. He is best known as the author of books about his cat Polar Bear, whom Amory saved on Christmas 1977 in Manhattan.
Cleveland Amory was born on September 2, 1917 in Nahant, Massachusetts to an old Boston family.
Amory attended Harvard University, where he became editor of The Harvard Crimson. After graduation he became the youngest editor ever to join The Saturday Evening Post.
During the Second World from 1941 to 1943 Amory served in the US Army military intelligence. He was one of the founders of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). In 1967 he founded the Fund for Animals. Also from 1987 until his death in 1998 he was a president of the New England Anti-vivisection Society (NEAVS).
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Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald – so easy to be loved, so difficult to love

Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald - so easy to be loved, so difficult to love

Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald – so easy to be loved, so difficult to love

The nickname “king and queen of Jazz Age” was given to them by journalists. Their bright, stormy life was the embodiment of “roaring 20s” and uneven rhythm of their love was very similar to jazz. But at one point the music for Zelda and Scott ended.
F. Scott Fitzgerald was a long-awaited first-born in a poor Irish family. His father was an ordinary salesman. Mother’s legacy improved things and Scott was able to go to Princeton. The prestigious university, however, was not the purpose of his life. He wanted to play football, Princeton had a strong team, or play on the stage, there was a great theater club at the university. However, a week after the start of the course he was kicked out of the football team and never joined theater club because it was only for excellent students. Scott, alas, did not shine at the university, and in general did not like all those wealthy mama and daddy’s sons, with whom he had to study. After a while he was expelled from Princeton. It was in 1917, at the height of World War I, and Fitzgerald decided to go to the front. However, Scott was sent to the town of Montgomery, Alabama.
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Hans Christian Andersen – famous fairy tale writer

Hans Christian Andersen – famous fairy tale writer

Hans Christian Andersen – famous fairy tale writer

Hans Christian Andersen is a Danish writer and poet, author of the world famous fairy tales for children and adults: The Ugly Duckling, Emperor’s New Clothes, Thumbelina, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Princess and the Pea, The Snow Queen and many others.
Hans Christian Andersen was born on April 2, 1805 in Odense. His father, Hans Andersen (1782-1816), was a poor shoemaker and his mother, Anne Marie Andersdatter (1775-1833), was a washerwoman from a poor family. He was very emotional and sensitive child. The physical punishments were common in schools, so the boy was afraid to go there and mother sent him to the charity school where there was no physical punishment. It is known that the school was led by Christian Fedder Carstens.
At the age of 14 Hans went to Copenhagen. His mother hoped that he would come home soon. When she asked the reason for leaving home he answered: “To become famous!”
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