The Life You Give: George Sand * VII 1 1804

George Sand, Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dudevant, née Dupin, born July 1, 1804, in Paris, France, is the Romantic writer known primarily for her so-called rustic novels.She was brought up at Nohant, near La Châtre in Berry, the country home of her grandmother. There she gained the profound love and understanding of the countryside that were to inform… Continue reading The Life You Give: George Sand * VII 1 1804

The Life You Give: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, born Antoine-Marie-Roger de Saint-Exupéry, June 29, 1900, in Lyon, France, is the aviator and writer whose works are the unique testimony of a pilot and a warrior who looked at adventure and danger with a poet’s eyes. His fable Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) has become a modern classic.Saint-Exupéry came from… Continue reading The Life You Give: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Life You Give: George Orwell *VI 25 1903

George Orwell, born Eric Arthur Blair, June 25, 1903, in Motihari, Bengal, India, is the novelist, essayist, and critic famous for his novels Animal Farm (1945) and Nineteen Eighty-four (1949), the latter a profound anti-utopian novel that examines the dangers of totalitarian rule.Orwell never entirely abandoned his original name, but his first book, Down and… Continue reading The Life You Give: George Orwell *VI 25 1903

The Life You Give: Jean-Paul Sartre *VI 21 1905

Jean-Paul Sartre, born June 21, 1905, in Paris, France, is the philosopher, novelist, and playwright, best known as the leading exponent of existentialism in the 20th century. In 1964 he declined the Nobel Prize for Literature, which had been awarded to him “for his work which, rich in ideas and filled with the spirit of… Continue reading The Life You Give: Jean-Paul Sartre *VI 21 1905

The Life You Give: Aleksandr Pushkin *1799

Aleksandr Pushkin, born Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin, May 26 [June 6, New Style], 1799, Moscow, Russia, is the poet, novelist, dramatist, and short-story writer, often considered his country’s greatest poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.Pushkin’s father came of an old boyar family; his mother was a granddaughter of Abram Hannibal, who, according to family… Continue reading The Life You Give: Aleksandr Pushkin *1799

La Vida Que Das / The Life You Give: Federico García Lorca *1898

See English text below Federico García Lorca (Fuentevaqueros, 5 de junio de 1898 – camino Víznar a Alfacar, 1936). Poeta y dramaturgo español, adscrito a la generación del 27. Desde pequeño entra en contacto con las artes a través de la música y el dibujo. En 1915 comienza a estudiar Filosofía y Letras, así como… Continue reading La Vida Que Das / The Life You Give: Federico García Lorca *1898

The Life You Give / La Vida Que Das: Rosario Castellanos *1925

Biografía en español a fin de página Rosario Castellanos, born May 25, 1925, in Mexico City, Mexico, is the novelist, short-story writer, poet, essayist, and diplomat who was probably the most important Mexican woman writer of the 20th century. Her 1950 master’s thesis, Sobre cultura femenina (“On Feminine Culture”), became a turning point for modern… Continue reading The Life You Give / La Vida Que Das: Rosario Castellanos *1925

The Life You Give: José Ortega y Gasset *1883

José Ortega y Gasset, (born May 9, 1883, Madrid, Spain, is the philosopher and humanist who greatly influenced the cultural and literary renaissance of Spain in the 20th century. Ortega y Gasset studied at Madrid University (1898–1904) and in Germany (1904–08) and was influenced by the neo-Kantian philosophical school at Marburg. As professor of metaphysics… Continue reading The Life You Give: José Ortega y Gasset *1883

The Life You Give: Samuel Beckett *1906

Samuel Beckett, born Samuel Barclay Beckett, on April 13, 1906, in Foxrock, County Dublin, Ireland, was author, critic, and playwright, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. He wrote in both French and English and is perhaps best known for his plays, especially En attendant Godot (1952; Waiting for Godot).Samuel Beckett was born… Continue reading The Life You Give: Samuel Beckett *1906

The Life You Give: Maya Angelou *1928

Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Annie Johnson, on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A., is the poet, memoirist, and actress whose several volumes of autobiography explore the themes of economic, racial, and sexual oppression.Although born in St. Louis, Angelou spent much of her childhood in the care of her paternal grandmother in rural Stamps,… Continue reading The Life You Give: Maya Angelou *1928

The Life You Give: Milan Kundera *April 1 1929

Milan Kundera, born April 1, 1929, in Brno, Czechoslovakia [now in Czech Republic]), is novelist, short-story writer, playwright, essayist, and poet whose works combine erotic comedy with political criticism and philosophical speculation.The son of a noted concert pianist and musicologist, Ludvik Kundera, the young Kundera studied music but gradually turned to writing, and he began… Continue reading The Life You Give: Milan Kundera *April 1 1929

The Life You Give: Hans Christian Andersen *1805

Hans Christian Andersen, born April 2, 1805, Odense, near Copenhagen, Denmark, is the master of the literary fairy tale whose stories achieved wide renown. He is also the author of plays, novels, poems, travel books, and several autobiographies. While many of those works are almost unknown outside Denmark, his fairy tales are among the most… Continue reading The Life You Give: Hans Christian Andersen *1805

La Vida Que Das / The Life You Give: Gabriel García Márquez *1927

Gabriel José García Márquez nació en Aracataca (Colombia) en 1928. Cursó estudios secundarios en San José a partir de 1940 y finalizó su bachillerato en el Colegio Liceo de Zipaquirá, el 12 de diciembre de 1946. Se matriculó en la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Nacional de Cartagena el 25 de febrero de 1947,… Continue reading La Vida Que Das / The Life You Give: Gabriel García Márquez *1927

The Life You Give: Victor Hugo *1802

Victor Hugo, born Victor-Marie Hugo, on February 26 1802, in Besançon, France, is the poet, novelist, and dramatist who was the most important of the French Romantic writers. Though regarded in France as one of that country’s greatest poets, he is better known abroad for such novels as Notre-Dame de Paris (1831) and Les Misérables… Continue reading The Life You Give: Victor Hugo *1802

The Virtuous Black XVII: James Baldwin

James Baldwin, born James Arthur Baldwin on August 2 1924 in New York, New York, is the essayist, novelist, and playwright whose eloquence and passion on the subject of race in America made him an important voice, particularly in the late 1950s and early 1960s, in the United States and, later, through much of western… Continue reading The Virtuous Black XVII: James Baldwin

The Life You Give: Bertolt Brecht *1898

Bertolt Brecht, born Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht, on February 10 1898, in Augsburg, Germany, is the poet, playwright, and theatrical reformer whose epic theatre departed from the conventions of theatrical illusion and developed the drama as a social and ideological forum for leftist causes.Until 1924 Brecht lived in Bavaria, where he was born, studied medicine… Continue reading The Life You Give: Bertolt Brecht *1898

The Virtuous Black IX: Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A., is the poet, memoirist, and actress whose several volumes of autobiography explore the themes of economic, racial, and sexual oppression.Although born in St. Louis, Angelou spent much of her childhood in the care of her paternal grandmother in rural Stamps,… Continue reading The Virtuous Black IX: Maya Angelou

The Life You Give: William S. Burroughs *1914

The elder statesman of literature's Beat Generation -- and, by extension, of the American underground culture -- few figures outside of the musical sphere exerted a greater influence over rock & roll than novelist William S. Burroughs. A provocative, controversial figure famed for his unique cut-up prose aesthetic, Burroughs lived the rock lifestyle years before… Continue reading The Life You Give: William S. Burroughs *1914

The Life You Give: James Joyce *1882

James Joyce, born James Augustine Aloysius Joyce, on February 2, 1882, Dublin, Ireland, was the novelist noted for his experimental use of language and exploration of new literary methods in such large works of fiction as Ulysses (1922) and Finnegans Wake (1939). Early life Joyce, the eldest of 10 children in his family to survive… Continue reading The Life You Give: James Joyce *1882

The Virtuous Black I — Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith, born Sadie Smith, October 27 1975 in London, England, is the author known for her treatment of race, religion, and cultural identity and for her novels’ eccentric characters, savvy humour, and snappy dialogue. She became a sensation in the literary world with the publication of her first novel, White Teeth, in 2000. Smith,… Continue reading The Virtuous Black I — Zadie Smith

The Life You Give: Virginia Woolf *1882

Virginia Woolf, born Adeline Virginia Stephen, on January 25, 1882, in London, England, is the writer whose novels, through their nonlinear approaches to narrative, exerted a major influence on the genre. While she is best known for her novels, especially Mrs. Dalloway (1925) and To the Lighthouse (1927), Woolf also wrote pioneering essays on artistic… Continue reading The Life You Give: Virginia Woolf *1882