Showing posts with label female authors. Show all posts
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16 January 2018

SPOTLIGHT ON Edith Hamilton, American Educator

"Shining a spotlight on Edith Hamilton, honorary citizen of Athens, Greece, classical scholar and American educator. ..."

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04 September 2017

Quotes and Notes : Women in History: Countess of Blessington

Quotes found at Thoughtful Mind that may provide a peek into this gentle lady’s true nature:
  • “Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart.”
  • “Superstition is only the fear of belief, while religion is the confidence.”


If you like to collect quotes or short biographical notes about women throughout history in various walks of life, please add this post to your collection.
Margaret, Countess of Blessington (1789 – 1849); Artist: Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769 – 1830); Wikimedia Commons
Marguerite (Power) Gardiner, Countess of Blessington was an Irish novelist.  A woman of high society, she was well known, particularly among literary circles as she had a literary salon at Gore House, Kensington.  One might think from the portrait she led a protected and cherished life, but a quick review of a few biographical facts will reveal much that can not be seen just looking at pretty face.  Deemed a woman of “rare beauty, generosity, and wit”, she wrote essays and sketches of London life.  She and the Romantic English poet, Lord Byron, appear to have been very close friends.  Her husband introduced them.  She wrote a book about their conversations.  There was at least the “appearance” of a friendship, however, some say she lived in her own world of make-believe when it came to their relationship.


To know more about the Countess here are a few suggested bio links:







21 March 2017

Spotlight on Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks (1917 - 2000)

"I am a writer perhaps because I am not a talker."  

- -  Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 “ 2000) 


February was Black History Month and March is Womens History Month and Ms. Brooks get the spotlight for both of these “dedicated time periods”. She is worthy of the honor.

A biography snapshot of African-American poet, Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks (Jun 7, 1917 - Dec 3, 2000).



  • Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks is a noted African-American Poet Laureate.  

  • She published her first poem at age 14.  

  • Her beginnings were humble.  She was born in Topeka, Kansas but her family moved to Chicago (the South side, i.e. with the rest of the poor folks) when she was young.  When she grew up, she attended Wilson Junior College in Chicago, graduating in 1936.  

  • She was the first African-American (male or female) to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize; in 1950, the category for Poetry.  Her award-winning poetry was titled "Annie Allen (1949)".

  • Ms. Brooks utilized her poetic prowess for expressing her emotions, beliefs and perspectives.  She had very strong opinions about family life, war and social ethics.  Current events of her day, led her to adapt her writing style from humor and irony to a more deeply serious tone in order to address politics and racism and the real assassinations of activists Malcolm X and Medgar Evers.  

  • Over the years, her works have reached a wide and diverse audience.  She has earned the respect of many for her sincerity, quiet strength, dedication and her life's accomplishments have left an indelible mark in literature and in history.   

Ms. Brooks departed this life on December 3, 2000, at age 83.  

To sum up her writings in her own words:
"Poetry is life distilled." 


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11 March 2015

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. Classic!

Rebecca


English: Young Daphne du Maurier (about 1930) ...This is a special edition which includes excerpts from Daphne du Maurier’s The Rebecca Notebook and Other Memories, an essay on the real Manderley, du Maurier’s original epilogue to the book. Author, Daphne du Maurier (1906 – 1989) was home-schooled and also educated in Paris, France. Most of her bestselling novels were set in Cornwall, where she lived for most of her life. Rebeccas is a dark, moody, mysterious. It’s a love story!



English: Young Daphne du Maurier (about 1930) Русский: Портрет Дафны дю Морье в молодости (начало 30-х годов ХХ века) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NOTE:  Post previously appeared at My Next 50 Years – May 16, 2013


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