Miguel de Cervantes *IX 29 1547 — The Life You Give

Miguel de Cervantes, born Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, September 29?, 1547, in Alcalá de Henares, Spain, is the novelist, playwright, and poet, the creator of Don Quixote (1605, 1615) and the most important and celebrated figure in Spanish literature. His novel Don Quixote has been translated, in full or in part, into more than 60… Continue reading Miguel de Cervantes *IX 29 1547 — The Life You Give

The Life You Give: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe *VIII 28 1749

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, born August 28, 1749, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, is the poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theatre director, critic, and amateur artist, considered the greatest German literary figure of the modern era.Goethe is the only German literary figure whose range and international standing equal those of Germany’s supreme philosophers (who have… Continue reading The Life You Give: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe *VIII 28 1749

The Life You Give: Jorge Luis Borges *VII 24 1899

Jorge Luis Borges, born Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo, August 24, 1899, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is the poet, essayist, and short-story writer whose works became classics of 20th-century world literature.Borges was reared in the then-shabby Palermo district of Buenos Aires, the setting of some of his works. His family, which had been notable… Continue reading The Life You Give: Jorge Luis Borges *VII 24 1899

The Life You Give: James Baldwin *VIII 2 1924

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 Life You Give: James Baldwin *VIII 2 1924

The Life You Give: Ernest Hemingway *VII 21 1899

Ernest Hemingway, born Ernest Miller Hemingway, July 21, 1899, in Cicero [now in Oak Park], Illinois, U.S.A., is the novelist and short-story writer, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He was noted both for the intense masculinity of his writing and for his adventurous and widely publicized life. His succinct and lucid prose… Continue reading The Life You Give: Ernest Hemingway *VII 21 1899

La Vida Que Das / The Life You Give: Pablo Neruda *VII 11 1904

El mundo de la literatura es grotescamente amplio, con una cantidad de autores que, a lo largo de los años, han aportado su pequeño grano de arena al mundo literario. Sin embargo, algunos son más reconocidos que otros por diversas razones, incluso para aquellas personas que no son muy allegadas a la lectura, algunos nombres… Continue reading La Vida Que Das / The Life You Give: Pablo Neruda *VII 11 1904

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: Anne Frank *1929

Anne Frank, born Annelies Marie Frank, June 12, 1929, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, February/March 1945, is the girl whose diary of her family’s two years in hiding during the German occupation of the Netherlands became a classic of war literature.Early in the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler, Anne’s father, Otto Frank (1889–1980), a German… Continue reading The Life You Give: Anne Frank *1929

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: 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 Virtuous Black XVIII & The Live You Give: Toni Morrison *1931

Toni Morrison, born Chloe Anthony Wofford on February 18 1931, in Lorain, Ohio, U.S.A., was the writer noted for her examination of Black experience (particularly Black female experience) within the Black community. She received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993.Morrison grew up in the American Midwest in a family that possessed an intense love… Continue reading The Virtuous Black XVIII & The Live You Give: Toni Morrison *1931

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