The poet Heinrich Heine was born in Dusseldorf in Germany in 1797 to a Jewish family. He later converted to Christianity and was famous for his satire and wit. Something of a revolutionary, Heine lead a chequered life.
Heine’s Earlier Life
Heine’s uncle who was the most successful member of his family, thought that Heine should study law as a young man. He soon showed that he had no aptitude for it and his interest in literature and history came to the fore. However, while he was studying law at Bonn, he met August Wilhem Schlegel,...
Under his chosen pen name of George Orwell, the English writer Eric Blair would produce enduring works of both fiction and non fiction that continue to draw widespread admiration.
Born in the Bengal region of India in 1903, Blair was the son of an official in the Indian Civil Service at a time when almost a fifth of the world’s population was under the control of the British Empire. Although he decided early in life that he wanted to be a writer, his first job was in Burma with the Indian Imperial Police. He spent five years in his post...
Günter Grass is a familiar name for those who have an interest in the arts as he is Germany’s oldest living writer. But he is not only a writer who won the Nobel Prize in 1999 in Literature – he is also a novelist, playwright, sculptor, poet and graphic artist.
His first novel was The Tin Drum, penned in 1959 and formed the first part of the Danzig Trilogy that included Cat and Mouse and Dog Years. Almost 20 years later, the book was adapted into a film that won many awards including the Palme D’Or and the Oscar...
Sweden’s most famous author Astrid Ericsson was born in 1907 in a small place called Smaland near Vimmerby. When she grew up, she went to Stockholm, where she spent most of her productive years. At school her essays got her accolades and her first book was published in 1944.
After her initial book, she introduced Pippi Longstocking, a character which was immensely popular. She wrote a series of books featuring Pippi and also introduced other characters (each with their own series) in her books for children, who were her main...