15 Famous Poets and Writers in the History of America

In its history, America has some of the most famous poets and writers around the world. Some of these have not only impacted on the art as it is, but they have also changed it and given it an entirely new form with styles and approaches that have never been seen before their time.

With each passing generation in American history,  we are graced by writers and poets who have kept the debate on who the best and most famous poets and writers are in the history of America cutting across generation, culture, style, and everything else that is in between. While the debate may never end since there are many that are great and famous, here are some worth knowing and reading.

Famous Poets and Writers in American History

1. Maya Angelou

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Angelou is probably one of the greatest poets and writers the world has ever seen.  It was as Marguerite Annie Johnson that she was born in 1928. Maya had a very difficult childhood having been brought up in a broken home. When she was 8, she was raped by a man named Freeman who was her mother’s boyfriend. Freeman ended up being locked up only for a day after he was found guilty of the crime before he was set free. He would get to live for only four days more before he was murdered by men believed to be Maya’s uncles. For many years to come, she wouldn’t talk, because she felt her voice killed the man. She got to start speaking after she was introduced to some great writers like Edgar Allan Poe,  Shakespeare, and others.

Before becoming a writer,  Maya took various odd jobs when she was a young adult including as a cook, nightclub dancer, performer, and sex worker.

In her career as a writer that spanned many decades, she has written 7 works of autobiography, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) which was her first, as well as plays and poetry, works including Mother: A Cradle to Hold Me (2006).

2. Sylvia Plath

Plath did not live a very long life, but she is still regarded as one of the most famous. A poet and novelist, she was born in 1932.

She started writing at the age of 8 and by the time of her death in 1963, she had only had two books published- a poetry collection The Colossus and Other Poems and a semi-autobiography, The Bell Jar (1963) which was published under the pseudonym “Victoria Lucas”.

She suffered depression throughout her life, which led to her suicide in 1963. Many of her books would come to be released after her death including poetry collections, novels, and children’s books. Her other works include Mrs. Cherry’s Kitchen (2001), The Magic Mirror (1989), and Crossing the Water (1971).

3. Edgar Allan Poe

Famous for his short stories and poetry and regarded as one of the most important figures in Romanticism in the history of American literature, Allan Poe lived from January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849.

One of the reasons why he is very important to American writing is that he is touted as the inventor of detective fiction. More than that, he is said to have given science fiction it’s first breath.

Among his most popular works are the short stories, Metzengerstein, The Duc de L’Omelette, MS. Found in a Bottle, and Landor’s Cottage as well as the poems Tamerlane and Other Poems and Baltimore Saturday Visiter. He has also published some essays and novels.

4. Stephen King

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When it comes to horror,  there is hardly any as good as Stephen King. With many novels and short stories to his name,  a good number of his works have been adapted into movies. Many others have also been adapted into series,  miniseries, and comic books.

He was brought up mainly by his mother after his parents divorced when he was only a toddler. King once worked as a laborer at an industrial laundry while he was still looking for a job as a teacher. Before then, he had already started writing. By 1974 after the publication of his Novel, Carrie, he settled to become a full-time writer.

With 60 novels published and more than 200 short stories, King is one of the bestselling writers in the world with more than 350 million copies sold. He has written under the name of Richard Bachman and has won many awards in the process.

5. George R. R. Martin

R. Martin has become one of the very famous writers in America thanks to his work which has been adapted into the most loved HBO series, Game of Thrones. He has written many novels which cut across science fiction, horror, and fantasy genres.

Having started writing since he was very young, Martin sold his stories to neighborhood kids as a kid himself. He has published works such as A Game of Thrones, A Storm of Swords, A Clash of Kings, A Feast for Crows, and The Armageddon Rag, and has won many awards in the process.

6. Toni Morrison

It was as Chloe Ardelia Wofford that Morrison was born in 1931. A novelist and essayist among other things, she has been writing fiction since the 1970s and has come to publish many books to her name. Morrison is a winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993.

Morrison is also a feminist and some of her works have been adapted into films. Some of her very popular works are the novels, The Blue Eyes, Song of Solomon, A Mercy, and God Help the Child, as well as the children works – The Big Box, Peeny Butter Fudge, and Please, Louise. She has also published short fiction, plays, and other non-fiction.

7. Robert Frost

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Among other famous poets and writers in American history, Robert Frost will always have his own place. He got nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature a massive 31 times and he was the first poet to ever perform at the inauguration of an American president when he recited his poem during the inauguration of John F. Kennedy in 1961.

Frost was born in 1874 and by the time he died in 1963, the four-time Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry winner had published many poetry collections including A Boy’s Will, Mountain Interval, New Hampshire, West-Running Brook, and A Remembrance Collection of New Poems. He has also written other plays and prose books.

8. Charles Bukowski

Henry Charles Bukowski is a novelist, short story writer, and a poet, who is mostly known as a poet more than anything else.  He was born in Germany in 1920. While his writing has generated a lot of interest all over the world, his life has also been a subject of interest and critical review.

Charles started his professional writing in his twenties. He published six novels including Post Office, Factotum, and Women. He has many more poetry collections such as Flower, Fist, and Bestial Wail, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck, The Flash of the Lightning Behind the Mountain, and The People Look Like Flowers at Last.  Many of his collections were released after his death in 1994.

9. E. E. Cummings

E. Cummings is a very creative and multi-talented American Who was a painter and writer among other things. His writings included poetry, plays, and essays. He was born in 1894 and by the time he died in 1962, Cummings had already published close to three thousand poems, four plays, two autobiographical works and a number of essays.

Some of the works of E. E Cummings are The Enormous Room, Tulips and Chimneys, No Thanks, Santa Claus: A Morality, and Fairy Tales. He also won many awards in his lifetime.

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10. Emily Dickinson

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Dickinson was a poet who was born in 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. As a young girl growing up, she suffered the loss of loved ones including her friends and relatives, something that would come to influence her poetry. More so, she suffered from depression following the many tragedies that she continued to witness.

She started writing when she was still a teenager, but her intense work began in her final years, covering the period from 1858 to 1865. Emily had more than 800 poems and 1100 lyrics, some of which were published in newspapers as anonymous. A large part of her work remained unpublished until after her death, and many others were burnt at her request.

11. Mark Twain

Although he is very popular as Mark Twain, the writer was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835. Regarded as the father of American Literature by some, he is a novelist and publisher, among other things.

He left school after the death of his father when he was just 11 and became a printer’s apprentice. Mark would later become a journalist, a lecturer, and a writer. He had many books to his name which include the novels The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as well as his short stories.

12. J. D. Salinger

J. D. Salinger is most famous for his work, The Catcher in the Rye which has been translated to most of the popular languages around the world. He has also written many novels and short stories.

Born in 1919 Salinger lived until his death in 2010. He started writing since he was in secondary school. Some of his works are Nine Stories, Franny and Zooey, and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction.

Even though he is regarded as one of the most famous American writers, he maintained a very quiet life since the success of his work, The Catcher in the Rye.

13. Harper Lee

Having the name of Harper Lee among the famous poets and writers in the history of America is rather interesting because she has only published two works; To Kill a Mockingbird andGo Set a Watchman. However, To Kill a Mockingbird did not just earn her a Pulitzer, it also earned her a place in modern American history. With many literary honors to her name, Lee was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her contribution to literature.

14. T. S. Eliot

Born Thomas Stearns Eliot OM, T.S., is regarded as one of the most important poets of the twentieth century. A Nobel laureate, he was also a playwright and essayist, among other things. As a child growing up, he couldn’t participate in most physical activities as a result of a congenital double inguinal hernia that he suffered. Because of this, he fell in love with literature and started writing poetry when he was just 14.

He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom as well as the Order of Merit by the United Kingdom. Among his works of poetry are The Waste Land and Prufrock and Other Observations. He also had many novels and plays.

15. E. B. Du Bois

Du Bois was recognized by many as a civil rights activist and Pan-Africanist, but he was also among the most famous poets and writers whose books include both fiction and non-fiction as well as poetry. Although most of his works centered around the emancipation and development of blacks, he also has a place among writers of note.

Some of his works include the novels Dark Princess: A Romance and The Quest of the Silver Fleece, as well as his autobiographies Darkwater: Voices From Within the Veil and Dusk of Dawn: An Essay Toward an Autobiography of a Race Concept.

10 of The Hottest New York Times Bestselling Books

What’s better to read for a lover of books than the New York Times Bestselling Books? Once it makes it to the list, it is a bestselling book in the United States and always, that makes it a great book for anyone to read. The books are grouped in different genres and format including Print and E-Book fiction, as well as print and E-Book Nonfiction.

If you are looking for books to read, be it fiction or nonfiction, in print or e-book format, here are some to start with:

Hottest New York Times Bestselling Books

Fiction Category

1. Where the Crawdads Sing- Delia Owens

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A first novel, Owens tells the story of a girl who to the outside world is only known as the Marsh girl- Kya Clark. She remains a mystery with many rumors said about her. Kya will become a murder suspect when a man is found dead. She would soon begin to open herself to people after a long time in hiding, but that will not come without its price. Having already established herself as a great writer, Delia Owens has used this work to serve a masterpiece mystery novel.

In this great works, Delia did not only write a story, but she also shows how we are still the people we have been as children, and we are all shaped by our experiences.

2. Shadow Warrior- Christine Feehan

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What happens when the threat of a serial killer is towards a crime family? Christine Feehan tells the story of a man who is loyal to the death to his family, Vittorio Ferraro. He will cover any distance to protect those he loves.

Now, he is set to start his family with the woman he loves, Grace Murphy which means that she is now under his own protection. While she has a monster brother who would not let her go, there is also an intense and passionate lover who doesn’t let go of things he holds dear.

3. City of Girls- Elizabeth Gilbert

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With City of Girls, Elizabeth Gilbert tells a story set in the 1940s about a nineteen-year-old Vivian who is sent by her parents to live in Manhattan with her aunt after she was kicked out of college as a result of poor performance.

In Manhattan, she is introduced to a different kind of life by people she meets through the theatre that her aunty manages which is known as the Lily Playhouse. Just when it seems to all be going fine, she makes a single mistake that would blow into a huge scandal. Through it, she will not only come to learn a lot about the bright light and success, but it will also lead her to find true love.

The story is told by Vivian who is now a woman approaching 90 years. She captures how all the events have given a different shape to her life leading to who she is today.

4. Unsolved- James Patterson and David Ellis

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This book Unsolved comes as a sequel to the bestselling work of James Patterson and David Ellis, Invisible. In this novel, which happens to be one of the New York Times Bestselling Books, we meet FBI agent Emmy Dockery who together with her partner seems to be able to look at patterns and clues and solve cases almost easily. Now, she is faced with a crime that doesn’t even look like a crime as she has isolated cases with victims seeing to have died by accident.

Emmy believes the deaths are too much to be accidents or coincidences. Now she thinks there is a serial killer who is very intelligent just as he is deadly.

5. Fall- Neal Stephenson

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A billionaire Richard “Dodge” Forthrast who made his fortune from a gaming company he founded in his youth found himself on life support after he goes for a medical procedure. His wish, which his family is not comfortable with, is to have his body given to a cryonics company.

The data from his brain are stored in the cloud for a time when it would be revived. When that was achieved, he was brought back to life and death has been defeated. The problem, however, is that life without death is not as pleasurable as humans believe.

Nonfiction Category

6. Unfreedom of the Press- Mark R. Levin

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Mark R. Levin is a New York Times bestselling author with five different works. With Unfreedom of the Press, he takes a look at how the press has evolved over the years with those who have been saddled with the responsibility of protecting as the main culprits. Levin who is a Fox News star and radio host pointed out in the work that those responsible for reporting news have turned out to destroy it as a result of propaganda, self-censorship, bias reporting, and many other things. He made the note that it is these, and not any external influence in the form of government opposition or suppression that is eroding the press in America.

Taking a historical journey, he looked at the press in its earliest times when the emphasis was on the promotion of the principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

7. Siege- Michael Wolff

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After the overwhelming success of his work, Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff comes with another page-turner that is filled with humor. The work is also centered around President Donald Trump and his entire administration.  It is some sort of a revelation of the working of the White House of Donald Trump. Inasmuch as it gets scary at some point in the work, one will still find it hard to drop and catch some breath.

Like Fire and Fury, Wolff made use of his sources in the White House who let him in on all the happenings although they want to remain as anonymous. Apart from the chaos that seems to be following Trump, Wolff also looks to understand the mystery behind how he is able to keep surviving.

The work also takes a swipe at Robert Muller in relation to his report which was awaited for a long time. Wolf described Muller in his epilogue as a cautious and indecisive bureaucrat.

8. Educated- Tara Westover

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Also one of the New York Times Bestselling Books, Educated tells the story of Tara Westover, a woman who was raised in the mountains of Idaho to survivalists. She grew up without any formal education and only got herself into a classroom for the first time when she was 17. Her mother was a midwife and healer while her father had a junkyard.

While she was growing up, she did not see medics because hospitals were things her father forbade. Although the family had isolated itself, Tara still found a way to educate herself and got to make it into Brigham Young University where she studied history.

The memoir is a story of how Westover is able to re-invent herself from a girl who grew up in a survivalist family to a remarkable writer.

9. The Muller Report- The Washington Post

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The investigations of Special Counsel Robert Muller into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election was at a point, considered to be one of the most important things in the history of American politics. That was at a point when it was believed it could lead to the impeachment of Donald Trump and probably his prosecution.

The Washington Post published the findings of the investigations of the special counsel which covers the alleged Russian interference in the elections and also potential obstruction of justice by Donald Trump.

Apart from the main report, there are also some related materials to the investigations that were also included in this book which has since become one of the New York Times Bestselling Books.

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10. The Pioneers- David McCullough

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With The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough recaptures the story of how the earliest idealists have come to make the Northwest Territory which is now made of places that make today’s greater part of the Upper Midwest, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.

Mostly known for his biographies of some of the most famous people in American history, David McCullough tells about some of the most important people in the history of the Northwest territory.

The work started with the story of a New England pastor named Manasseh Cutler who is significant in bringing the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 into fruition. This led to the creation of the Northwest Territory which prohibited slavery.

It also tells of people Harman Blennerhassett, who was later named in the Burr conspiracy in which the former Vice President Aaron Burr was alleged to be working on establishing his country in the Texas Territory.

The work is able to tell the story of the pioneers in an engaging manner from the point of view of the pioneers. David McCullough sustains the interest of readers from the start of the work until the end.

10 Best Ian Frazier Books You Need To Read

Ian Frazier books have become a must-read for not just his followers and readers of his columns on The New Yorker, but a wide range of people who are looking to enjoy his outstanding humor that has led to him being described by the New York Times as a prolific exponent of the reported essay and related forms, and someone who generates curiosity through his enthusiasm.

The Ohio native has written a dozen books and hundreds of magazine articles. Most of his work, which has been put under the categories of humor, travel, memoir, and essay, has appeared mostly for The New Yorker, which he has been a part of since 1974. He joined the magazine after graduating from Western Reserve Academy in 1969 and from Harvard University in 1973.

Who Is Ian Frazier?

Ian Frazier is a legendary American author who was born in 1951 in Cleveland, Ohio. Though he was born in Cleveland, he was raised in Hudson, Ohio by a father who was a chemist and a mother who was a teacher. His father, David, worked for Sohio, also known then as Standard Oil of Ohio, an American oil company which was later acquired by British Petroleum and is now referred to as BP.

Ian Frazier gained his artistic side from his mother, Peggy, who was not only a teacher but was an amateur actor and director, known for her work in local Ohio theaters as well. Clearly, his mother’s creativity had a hand in the artistically brilliant man Ian has become today.

Prior to becoming a best-selling author, Ian attended the Western Reserve Academy and Harvard University, as previously mentioned. Shortly after graduating from university, he proceeded to make his mark in the literary community. His 1986 book, Dating Your Mom and 1996 Humor Collection, Coyote v. Acme are commended as two of his best works and they immediately promoted him as an author to keep an eye on. He has since gone to release several more instantly iconic books which will no doubt stand the test of time.

With his impressive body of work, some of which are listed below, it is not hard to see how Ian Frazier has become such a revered and respected author in the present literary era. Want to see what all the fuss is about? Here are some of his best literary works you should consider reading immediately.

10 Best Ian Frazier Books You Need To Read

1. Great Plains (1989)

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Genres: Non-fiction, Travel literature

After having moved to Montana, Ian Frazier explored the Great Plains of the American Midwest at random and put together this book where he looks at the past and the present of this area. He uses his unique blend of intrepidity, tongue-in-cheek humor, and wide-eyed wonder, to take the readers on a journey of different places; from the Clutter house, a place made infamous by Truman Capote in In Cold Blood, to a house once visited and terrorized by Bonnie and Clyde.

For this book, Frazier took home a Spur Award for Best Nonfiction.

2. Coyote v. Acme (1996)

Genre: Humor

Coyote v. Acme is Ian Frazier’s second collection of humorous essays that hit the shelves in 1996. The humorist gives short, apt, and cynical takes on some of the idiocies of American life, showing his great comical range regardless of the subject.

In the title piece, for example, Wile E. Coyote, one of the two characters from the Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner cartoon series from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons, is suing Acme, the manufacturer of various rocket-propelled devices that failed to help him catch and subsequently eat the fast-running ground bird, Road Runner.

3. On The Rez (2000)

Genre: Non-fiction

In this one of the many Ian Frazier books, the writer gives a personal, thought-provoking, and disarmingly frank perspective on the everyday life experiences of Indians in modern-day America, particularly the life and conflict among the Oglala Sioux on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation in the plains of the American West. He also takes a look at historical events, various treaties, and tribal leaders that have played major roles in shaping the fate of the people.

The book, which has a story within a story, first centers around the unusual bond between an alcohol-abusing Native American and a self-proclaimed Indian, before chronicling the impact one special teenager can have on an entire community.

4. The Fish’s Eye: Essays About Angling and the Outdoors (2002)

Genre: Non-fiction

Having had a lifelong passion for fishing, fish, and the aquatic world in general, as attentive readers of the writer’s work might have noticed through the pieces the writer has put together in the past, it was no surprise that Frazier eventually put together 20 years of thought on fishing.

In each of the short essays in the book, Frazier describes his surroundings and relationships with self-deprecation and light humor. In “Fishing Without Dad” he writes about his softhearted father who hated it when he managed to catch something. “Five Fish” has him talking about attempting to play with his kids at the water’s edge before rushing to drop them off at home and racing back to the river in order to get to his favorite angling spot.

5. Nobody Better, Better Than Nobody (1987)

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Genres: Non-fiction, Biographical dictionary

Nobody better, better than nobody is another one of Ian Frazier Books that is a collection of essays, five articles that originally appeared in The New Yorker from 1978 to 1986. In them, the writer gives personalized accounts on a wide range of subjects; from Handy Household Hints columnist Heloise to expert fly fisherman who ran a tackle shop in midtown Manhattan for many years, Jim Deren, and a town in Kansas celebrating the one-hundredth anniversary of a local Indian massacre.

6. The Cursing Mommy’s Book Of Days (2012)

Genres: Satire, Humorous Fiction

The Cursing Mommy’s Book Of Days is another one of the many Ian Frazier books where he draws inspiration from his widely read New Yorker columns. In it, the writer and humorist build a story around the life of a suburban, stay-at-home woman named Linda, aka the cursing mommy.

Linda, a profoundly memorable character who was sprung from an impressively fertile imagination, struggles to keep it all together while dealing with two challenging kids, an unambitious and lazy husband who lives in his own, and an aging father with dementia. She repeatedly tries valiantly to offer tips on how to do various tasks around the home but always happens to end up on the ground, cursing.

7. Travels in Siberia (1970)

Genres: Non-fiction, Travel Literature

Ian Frazier uses his outstanding storytelling skills to give a firsthand account of Siberia, a place most people have heard of but will never get to see. To put together his book where he reveals Siberia’s role in history – its science, economics, and politics, the writer spent 16 years doing research, a time in which he traveled five times to the extensive geographical region that spans much of Eurasia and North Asia, and more to western Russia. He also further gives personal accounts of adventures with Russian friends and acquaintances.

8. Lamentations of the Father: Essays (2000)

Genre: Humor

Lamentations of the Father, a book that takes its title from Ian Frazier’s 1997 essay that appeared in the Atlantic Monthly’s 150th anniversary collection of best writing, is a collection of hilarious essays where he shares comical stories about his interactions with his wife and children, encounters with strangers, current events and pop-culture icons. One of the essays that stood out was that of “My Wife Liz,” where he discusses full details about his fictional marriage to Elizabeth Taylor.

9. Gone to New York: Adventures in the City (2005)

Genres: Non-fiction, Travel Literature

As has been a pattern with most of Ian Frazier books, the writer puts together a collection of his essays from the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and elsewhere, to chronicle his relationship with the city that never sleeps, New York City, where everyone has a larger than life character and there is an event in every block. While a few have argued that the reader might need to at least have a sense of New York to enjoy what he is talking about, Frazier, through his thoughtful and entertaining writing technique, has ensured that his experiences will resonate with many readers.

Some of the more captivating stories in the book include the one in which he talks about the traffic on Canal Street never stops, the manual typewriter repairman, his 12-mile walk along Route 3 in New Jersey to the Lincoln Tunnel.

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10. Hogs Wild: Selected Reporting Pieces (2016)

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Genre: Fiction

Hogs Wild: Selected Reporting Pieces is a selection of varied, compelling articles dating from 2000 onward by Ian Frazier. Using his widely admired wittiness, the New Yorker writer puts together a collection of pieces that detail his interaction with a number of other questionable characters, as he further grapples with a number of societal issues, such as homelessness and the shelter system in New York City, the opioid addiction epidemic, and the environmental effect of invasive animals such as the Asian carp, hermit crabs, and the feral hogs, which he had to travel down south to view.

Who Was Pauline Kael? Here are Facts You Need To Know

Known for her highly opinionated and comical reviews that differed greatly from those of her peers, American film critic Pauline Kael was certainly ahead of her time as she was one of the most influential film critics of her era. Her distinctive writing style and influence can greatly be seen today in the work of film critics like David Edelstein of New York Magazine, Elvis Mitchell, A. O. Scott of The New York Times, David Denby and Anthony Lane of The New Yorker, and Greil Marcus, among many others.

Who Was Pauline Kael?

Pauline Kael first came into this world on the 19th of June, 1919, and was born in a chicken farm in Petaluma, California. She was born to Jewish immigrant parents from Poland named Judith (née Friedman) and Isaac Paul Kael.

Not much is known about Kael’s childhood, including where she received her high school education and it is not clear if she had any siblings or was an only child. What is known is that at around the age of 8, her parents lost their farm and had to move the family to San Francisco.

For her college education, Pauline Kael enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1936 to study philosophy, literature, and art. She, however, did not complete her education before she dropped out in 1940. She then moved to New York with the poet Robert Horan, spending three years there before returning to Berkeley to complete the requirements for a degree.

Here are Facts You Need To Know

1. Her Big Break came while Arguing about Films in a Coffeeshop with a Friend

After having spent a few years writing plays and working in experimental film, Pauline Kael got her chance to become a film critic in 1953 after the editor of City Lights magazine overhead her arguing about films with a friend in a coffee shop. The editor offered her a job by asking her to review the comedy-drama film Limelight (1952), starring Charlie Chaplin. She went on to write a scathing review of the film, dubbing it “Slimelight” in the process.

Following this opportunity, Kael was able to begin publishing film criticisms regularly in magazines. She also got a chance to broadcast these reviews on a public radio station in Berkeley, a move that helped bolster her profile as she went on to serve as the Berkeley Cinema Guild manager from 1955 to 1960.

Pauline Kael continued to juggle writing criticisms with other work to make ends meet until she was given a chance to publish a book of her criticism. This led to her writing her first collection of reviews titled I Lost It at the Movies (1965), which was a surprise bestseller, selling over 150 thousand paperback copies.

At around this time, things began to fall in place for Kael as she was subsequently hired by McCall’s, a high-circulation women’s magazine, which sent her into the mainstream market.

2. She Got Fired From McCall’s Magazine For Severely Criticizing Every Commercial Movie

After joining the ranks at McCall’s, Pauline Kael wrote a number of film criticisms for the magazine and gained a reputation panning every commercial movie. Some of the popular movies she panned included Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Pawnbroker (1964), A Hard Day’s Night (1964), and Dr. Zhivago (1965). For the phenomenally popular musical drama film The Sound of Music (1965), Kael wrote that the press dubbed the movie “The Sound of Money,” further adding that the film’s message was a “sugarcoated lie that people seem to want to eat.”

It is said that because of these repeated negative reviews, the magazine’s editor, Robert Stein, opted to fire her from the position.

3. Awards and Recognition

In 1964, just before she joined McCall’s, Pauline Kael was made a Guggenheim Fellow for her exceptional creative ability. Following her dismissal from McCall’s, she had a short stint at The New Republic before joining the New Yorker in the late ’60s. Her work as a critic with the newspaper earned her a George Polk Award in 1970. In 1973, her fourth collection of movie reviews, Deeper into Movies (1973), won the U.S. National Book Award in the Arts and Letters category, becoming the first non-fiction book about films to win the award.

Some of the other awards in which the film critic has gone ahead to win in her career include the Crystal Award from Women in Film Crystal Awards in 1978, the Mel Novikoff Award from the San Francisco International Film Festival in 1991, and a posthumous induction into the OFTA Film Hall of Fame Behind the Scenes Film Criticism, Online Film & Television Association in 2012.

4. She Died From Parkinson’s Disease

Pauline Kael was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the early 1980s. Despite her condition, she still carried on with her work, however, as the illness worsened, she was said to have grown increasingly depressed about the state of films in America. In 1991, Kael announced her retirement from reviewing films regularly.

Over the next decade, she gave a number of interviews but was unable to publish any new work except for an introduction to her 1994 compendium, For Keeps. In 2001, aged 82, Kael passed away at her home in Great Barrington, Massachusetts from Parkinson’s.

Christopher Hitchens – Books, Bio, Net Worth, Wife and Kids

Christopher Hitchens was a prolific writer who authored many books on a lot of things including philosophy and religion. He was also a media personality, an orator, and critic whose work in the area of literature, religion, and social critiquing gained fame for him in different parts of the world.

With both English and American citizenship, he had already had more than 30 books which he had written, co-authored, or edited. By the time of his death in 2011, he was aged 62.

Christopher Hitchens Biography

It was as Christopher Eric Hitchens that the author was born on 13 April 1949 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. He was brought up alongside his younger brother Peter Jonathan Hitchens, both of whom had never enjoyed a good relationship. Peter is also a media personality.

Both his parents Eric Hitches and Yvonne Jean Hitchens fought in the World War II and it was during the war when they were serving in the Royal Navy in Scotland that they first met and fell in love. Eric would later join the HMS Jamaica and contribute in the sinking of the Scharnhorst German battleship,  a contribution his son would always be proud of.

As a kid growing up, his family always moved from place to place as a result of the career of his father with the Navy.

Christopher got his education from Mount House School in Tavistock, Devon before he later moved to the independent Leys School in Cambridge. Next,  he proceeded to study Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Balliol College, Oxford in 1967. By 1970, he had already graduated with a third-class degree.

He grew up in a Christian home and was even sent to Christian boarding schools but he would later come to become an atheist with his back strongly against the church and religion. With not the best relationships with his father as he grew, his mother had always been there for him but would much later leave his father for a devotee of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who was once an Anglican minister, Timothy Bryan. The two killed themselves in 1973 after they overdosed on sleeping pills in what was said to be a suicide pact. This happened when Christopher was 24, and it is said to be one of the subconscious fuel burning his hate for religion.

He developed an interest in politics quite early and in 1965, he joined the Labour Party only to be expelled two years later.

He started his career as a journalist with the International Socialism magazine as a correspondent. Next,  he worked with the Times Higher Education Supplement in 1971 as a social science correspondent. In the years that followed, he worked with various other media outfits including ITV,  New Statesman, and Daily Express. Although he has achieved much in his journalistic endeavor, he is more regarded for his work as a writer.

When he was promoting his memoir Hitch-22 in 2010, the prolific writer was rushed to the hospital after he suffered a severe pericardial effusion. It was later discovered that he was suffering from esophageal cancer. He lost his battle to the disease in 2011 when he died at the age of 62 and his body was donated to medical research according to his wish.


Christopher Hitchens sunk in more than four decades of his life writing books on different things. He published books as a sole author and also in collaboration with others. Apart from books, Hitches has also published pamphlets and other materials.

Some of the books he published as a sole author are Cyprus (1984), Imperial Spoils: The Curious Case of the Elgin Marbles (1987), Blood, Class, and Nostalgia: Anglo-American Ironies (1990), and No One Left to Lie To: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton (1999), among many others.

A strong atheist, he published his book God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything in 2007. This was followed by his Memoir in 2010, Hitch-22 Some Confessions and Contradictions: A Memoir and then his last work which was posthumously published in 2012, Mortality.

He also collaborated with others to publish books like When Borders Bleed: The Struggle of the Kurds in 1994 with  Ed Kashi, and he co-authored a number of others including The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Non-Believer which he was the editor in 2007 and The Best American Essays which he co-edited with Robert Atwan in 2010.

Wife and kids

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Christopher Hitchens and his wife Carol Blue (Image Source)

According to Hitchens,  he was bisexual in his younger days. He claimed that when he was in the University,  he got into two sexual relationships with men who were also students at the time. Although he did not reveal their names,  he said they were Tori ministers when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister.

However, he later only dated women, marrying twice in his lifetime. The first time he got married was to Eleni Meleagrou in 1981. Eleni was a Greek Cypriot. Although the union produced two kids, Alexander and Sophia, it did not survive up to a decade before ending in 1989.

Only two years later,  he got married to American screenwriter Carol Blue with whom he remained until his death in 2011. The pair had a daughter, Antonia.

Christopher Hitchens Net Worth

Regarded as one of the leading writers of the century, Christopher Hitches had a net worth estimated at $4 million US dollars at the time of his death. He made his fortune from his career as a writer and journalist as well as through some of his other engagements.

David Leonhardt – Bio, Facts About The American Journalist

It seems farfetched to comprehend but some of the best journalists in the world today do not have degrees in the field. That is exactly the case of American journalist David Leonhardt, who is best known as a columnist for The New York Times. The Yale University graduate has held several ranking positions in the organization and has been recognized on multiple occasions by his peers for his outstanding work. Here are all the facts you need to know about him.

David Leonhardt Bio

David Leonhardt was welcomed into the world on the 1st of January, 1973 in Manhattan, New York City, New York. He was born to a Jewish father named Robert Leonhardt, and a Protestant mother named Joan Leonhardt (nee Alexander). It is not clear what Joan did for a living, however, her husband, Robert, was the head of the French-American School of New York.

While specific details about Leonhardt’s childhood are unavailable, it is known that he attended the Ivy League prep institution, Horace Mann School, in Riverdale, New York, graduating in 1990. He subsequently went on to attend the prestigious New Haven, Connecticut, Ivy League school, Yale University, where he studied Applied Mathematics.

During his time at Yale, David Leonhardt served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Daily News. By 1994, he had completed the requirements to be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics, prompting him to go ahead and start a career in journalism. Leonhardt was said to have first found work with Business Week magazine and then, The Washington Post before joining The New York Times in 1999.

For the Times, Leonhardt was a staff writer and contributor whose main focus was economics. He was famously known for writing the magazine’s business section economics column titled “Economics Scene.” He also contributed with articles for the Times Sunday Magazine.

Later on in his career with the Times, in 2011 to be exact, David Leonhardt was appointed as the Times’ Washington bureau chief. He held the position for two years before stepping down to become Founding/Managing Editor of a new venture by the Times named The Upshot, which emphasizes data visualization and graphics to offer an analytical approach to the day’s news.

Facts About The American Journalist

1. Family – Wife and Children

David Leonhardt is happily married to his wife, Laura. Details about their relationship, like how and when they first met each other and the date they exchanged marital vows are not known. What is, however, known is that the couple has welcomed three children to the world.

2. Awards and Achievements

David Leonhardt has bagged numerous awards throughout his journalism career. The first recognition he received in his career was a Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism in the Business Journalism category. The Chicago Headline Club gave him the award in 1998 for a story he wrote as a journalist with the Business Week magazine about problems at American fast food franchise, McDonald’s.

In 2003, Leonhardt and a number of other Times reporters who covered corporate scandals in the United States were part of a team that finished as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A few years later, in 2007, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers named him the winner of the “Best in Business Journalism Contest” for his New York Times column. He won the same award again in 2009, the same year he also received the Gerald Loeb Award for magazine writing for his New York Times Magazine article, “Obamanomics.”

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David Leonhardt interviewing President Obama (Image Source)

In 2010, David Leonhardt again found himself to be a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, this time for Commentary for his economic columns. As things would pan out, the journalist eventually won the award the following year in 2011 for Commentary.

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3. Books and Other Endeavors

In 2013, David Leonhardt wrote a 15,000-word e-book titled “Here’s the Deal: How Washington Can Solve the Deficit and Spur Growth.” The e-book, which was co-published by Byliner and The Times as a part of a new series of short e-books from both parties, was about the federal budget deficit and the importance of economic growth. The book received rave reviews from critics who all agreed in calling it a great place to start to understand the budgetary landscape.

In October 2008, Leonhardt began hosting a weekly Opinion podcast titled “The Argument”, with fellow journalists and New York Times columnists, Ross Douthat and Michelle Goldberg.

Thomas Lake – Biography, Facts About The CNN Journalist

After having made the rounds as a reporter for various newspaper outlets across the United States, and then as a writer for the renowned sports magazine, Sports Illustrated, award-winning writer Thomas Lake has been able to find a home at CNN Digital, where he has been able to continue to show the excellent writing ability that earned him praise and recognition from his peers. Read on to find out all there is to know about his journey as a writer and other facts.

Thomas Lake – Biography

Close to nothing is known about Thomas Lake’s early life and childhood, including when and where he was born and the identity of his parents. It is further not clear whether he has any siblings or is an only child. The only thing that is known about him in regards to his origins is that he is ethnically white and is an American by nationality.

While there is a dearth of information about his childhood, we are unable to tell where he received his early education. The only available information in regards to his schooling comes after his high school days.

In 1999, Lake received an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies from Herkimer County Community College, New York after having spent two years there. He then went on to enroll at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts that same year, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts in 2001.


Following the completion of his studies, Thomas Lake was said to have found work with a local newspaper in Jesup, Georgia called The Press-Sentinel. He was charged with covering six beats and photographing car wrecks. In 2002, he moved on to work as a reporter with The Salem News in Mass., where he was charged with covering the education beat. After spending two years there, he moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 2004 to write features for The Florida Times, spending another two years with the publication before joining St. Petersburg Times, Florida, as a crime beat reporter.

In October 2008, after 2 years and 7 months with the St. Petersburg Times, Thomas Lake was made a Senior Associate Editor for Atlanta Magazine. As has been a pattern all through his career, he spent two years with the magazine before landing a career-defining role with Sports Illustrated as a senior writer. Lake seemed to have enjoyed his role with the renowned sports magazine as he spent close to five years with the publication before joining CNN in 2015 as a senior writer for CNN Digital.

Facts About The CNN Journalist

1. He is a Henry R. Luce Award Recipient

In 2008, Thomas Lake was named the recipient of the Henry R. Luce Award, an award in memory of American journalist Henry Robinson Luce, presented by Time Inc. to recognize editorial excellence in print, digital and multimedia categories to articles and blog posts published in Time Inc. media outlets.

Lake received the award for his article, “2 on 5” on Sports Illustrated, which happened to be the first magazine story he had written following his career in newspapers. Since that time, the writer’s work has gone ahead to receive further recognition, with “The Boy Who Died of Football” being anthologized in the book ‘Next Wave: America’s New Generation of Great Literary Journalists’ and four other of his stories being reprinted in the annual ‘Best American Sports Writing collection.’

2. His Writings Has Appeared in Other Renowned Publications

Thomas Lake’s writings have not just appeared on the publications in which he has worked for. The CNN senior writer has also had his work appear in publications such as The Guardian, The Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.

For The Washington Post, he wrote “A fragile man, political whispers and a pair of suicides in Missouri,” published in April 2015 and “In bourbon country, a shot of scandal,” published in May 2015. For The Wall Street Journal, he wrote “The Rise of the Atlanta Hawks,” April 2015.

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3. He is a Family Man

Despite very little being known about the personal life of Thomas Lake, it is not a secret that he is a family man. The writer is happily married to his wife Sara, who is said to have been his college sweetheart, having met her during his time in Gordon College. Together, the two and their three kids, whose identities are unknown, reside in metro Atlanta.

10 Anthologies and Collections To Add To Your Shelf

Whether you are a short story lover or that of good essays, or poetry, there are certain anthologies and collections that you should definitely have on your shelf. Some of these books have been able to define the genres in many exceptional ways.

Anthologies and collections are some of the best works available for people who love reading but do not necessarily have the time to sit and read novel-length works since you can decide to read a poem or story at a sitting before coming back to read another. More so, some of these come with different authors so that you can have the luxury of different styles and approaches.

Here are some of the best collections and anthologies that everyone needs to have on one’s shelf.

10 Anthologies and Collections

1. Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet (Edited by Neil Astley)

If you are a lover of poetry, this is one of the most important anthologies you should have. It is a bestselling anthology that pulls from poets all over the world and so it offers diverse styles with themes bordering on many things including pain, loss, breakups, and love. It is the first work in an anthology of three-series.

Falling into the World Book Night giveaway list, it is an anthology that will be the favorite for anyone who is having any difficulties or challenges. It collects 500 life-affirming poems from the 20th and the 21st centuries. In fact, most of the works do not stretch beyond the last 50 years with a few that are worth it, going farther down.

The work is divided into 12 sections including “Body and Soul”, “Bittersweet”, and “Me, the Earth, the Universe”.

2. A Poem for Every Day of the Year (Edited by Allie Esiri)

What makes this poetry work special is that it is a collection that anyone including children and adults can read and enjoy. What is, even more, is that just as the name suggests, there are poems for every single day of the year as it brings together 366 poems. It reflects on different events and festivities of the year including April Fool’s Day and Christmas.

The poems are very inspirational, funny, empowering, motivating, and everything else that should come in a good collection. It is one that will be enjoyed by the entire family with works by both known and less known writers who are great. Works include those of people like Lewis Carroll, William Shakespeare, Carol Ann Duffy, T. S. Elliot, Ted Hughes, and Kate Tempest. If you are interested in reading it loud each day for the family, the collected poems will still offer the same joy.

3. Poems That Make Grown Men Cry (Edited by Anthony and Ben Holden)

From the title of this anthology which was edited by Anthony Holden and Ben Holden, you will expect it to be something worth reading. It is. This bestselling collection as promised, have made grown men cry, and you do not have to be a lover of poetry or even someone moved by it before you can be moved by this or love it.

The poems selected cut across works of modern writers such as Billy Collins and Derek Walcott, to classical poets including W.H. Auden and Philip Larkin, as well as people like Pablo Neruda, Mary Oliver, Elizabeth Bishop, and Rabindranath Tagore. The poems stretch back to the sixteenth century, coming back to the twenty-first.

In the same par with this, we would also recommend that you get the very excellent anthology, Poems That Make Grown Women Cry which is also by the same father and son team, Anthony and Ben Holden. They published the work following the success of their earlier anthology, Poems That Make Grown Men Cry.

4. Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy (Edited by Amerie)

This is one of the anthologies and collections that one can recommend for the shelves of young adults and anyone who loves fantasy fiction. But more than that, anyone else can read it because it brings together everything that anyone would be looking for in a powerful anthology.

It brings together some bestselling authors and highly influential BookTubers who take some of our most loved fairy tales and give different perspectives on the villains from their own side of the story. More so, it is an unconventional spin of classical stories and notorious villains. It is written by writers such as Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Renée Ahdieh, Ameriie, and Soman Chainani.

Note: The single bad news to enjoying this is that fairy tales may never be the same for you again. Still, it is worth it.

5. The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories (by Ken Liu)

Ken Liu is a bestselling science fiction and fantasy author whose works have gained international praise over the years. With The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, he delivers a collection of some of the best award-winning stories he has written through the years. He also includes some exclusive stories that have never before been published. Although, as always, the works are sci-fi and fantasy, anyone, no matter the genre one prefers, will find something to love about the collection.

This is the first short story collection of his and it collects some of his works like “The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary” which is the finalist for various awards including Hugo and Nebula awards and “The Paper Menagerie” which is the only story that has won the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards. It also has stories like “Mono No Aware”, “The Waves”, and “The Litigation Master and the Monkey King” which have all been acclaimed.

6. The People in the Castle: Selected Strange Stories (By Joan Aiken)

Joan Aiken has a unique voice that makes anyone who comes across her for the very first time to fall in love. The more you read her works, the more you fall in love. With The People in the Castle, she collects some of the best stories she has published between 1955 and 1990 to give readers an unforgettable experience with short stories.

As she has made clear, the work brings together some of her very strange stories, something that has come to be known with her. The collection is as timeless as all the works she has ever published covering a wide area including a very dark and wicket side to innocent and triumphant sides, to everything in between.

7. The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories (Edited by Tobias Wolff)

This is not the most recent publication on the list, having been released over two decades ago, it is still very much contemporary with stories that are timeless. A collection of 33 stories edited by Tobias Wolff, this volume tells a lot about the diverse short storytelling in contemporary America with stories tearing through different maps.

While the entire stories are American, you can see the different narrative traditions, various approaches, and an inducement of divergent cultural heritage all coming to give yet another collection that one should not fail to have on one’s shelf.

8. Supernatural Noir (Edited by Ellen Datlow)

When it comes to science fiction, fantasy, and horror Ellen Datlow is always in her own class as an editor and anthologist. Apart from Datlow, the authors of the work also give one every reason to have this on one’s shelf. Some of the writers of stories in the anthology are Elizabeth Bear, Laird Barron, Joe R. Lansdale, Brian Evenson, and Caitlin R. Kiernan, among others.

Supernatural Noir is a book that some have debated on whether it is worth the time. However, it is, if you are a lover of supernatural stories that come with an interesting twist. You will not find all the stories enjoyable, but there are many others that are worth getting the anthology. If you have kids around the house who love to read, you may keep this away from them, it has a lot of sex and violence.

9. Our Stories, Our Voices: 21 YA Authors Get Real About Injustice, Empowerment, and Growing Up Female in America (Edited by Amy Reed)

This is an anthology of 21 essays from some of the finest young adult writers including Sandhya Menon, Ellen Hopkins, Amber Smith, and Amy Reed, among others. The work explores themes of empowerment, injustice, growing up as a female in America, race, religion, and lots more.

Anyone who is young and has grown up in America or even in most places around the world will find these essays very relatable because they are written from the experiences of the writers. Once you are a female or you have any interest in empowering women and offering solidarity to the cause of women, this is one of those anthologies and collections that you should have on your shelf.

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10. (Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health (Edited by Kelly Jensen)

Mental health has always been an issue that many people around the world are grappling with. More people are continuing to suffer from it. Another great issue is that understanding it is very little. (Don’t) Call Me Crazy is a book that has offered great insight into mental health challenges.

It is a diverse work from writers such as Libba Bray, Adam Silvera, Esmé Weijun Wang, and Shaun David Hutchinson. The essays cut across sexual orientation, race, age, career, and every other border with the single aim of helping people understand mental illness and hopefully reduce the stigma that comes with it. Because of the informal way it is written, it is easy for almost everyone to enjoy it and still learn from its richness.

Martin Amis – Biography, Books, Facts About The British Novelist

Named by The Times in 2008 as one of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945, Martin Amis is a novelist best known for writing Money (1984), London Fields (1989), and Yellow Dog (2003). The James Tait Black Memorial Prize recipient, who has twice been listed for the Booker Prize for Fiction, has also dabbled into screenwriting, with notable works like Saturn 3 (1980) and London Fields (2018) to his credit. Read on to find out more facts about the British author.

Martin Amis Biography

Martin Amis was born Martin Louis Amis, the second of three children to Hilary Ann Bardwell and Sir Kingsley Amis, on the 25th of August, 1949 in Oxford, England. It is not clear what his mother, who was a daughter of a Ministry of Agriculture civil servant, did for a living, however, his father, the son of a mustard manufacturer’s clerk, was a notable English novelist. His siblings are brother, Philip, and sister, Sally.

For his education, Amis attended a number of schools, most notably the Bishop Gore School in Swansea, Wales, and Cambridgeshire High School for Boys in Cambridge, England. He later moved on to attend Exeter College, Oxford, where he graduated with a Congratulatory First in English. He subsequently went on to take an entry-level job at The Times Literary Supplement before later joining the New Statesman, where he rose to become a literary editor at the age of 27.


Martin Amis’ first novel was The Rachel Papers (1973) which won the Somerset Maugham Award. He followed that up with Dead Babies (1975) and Success (1977) before trying his hand in writing screenplays. His first of two attempts at screenplay writing was for the British science fiction film Saturn 3 in 1980. After that, he wrote Other People (1981) before making his first attempt at a non-fiction piece with Invasion of the Space Invaders (1982).

In 1984, Amis published one of his best-known works to date, the novel Money: A Suicide Note. In 1986, he put together a collection of non-fiction essays on the subject of America titled The Moronic Inferno: And Other Visits to America. He followed that up with a collection of short stories called Einstein’s Monsters (1987), then the novels London Fields (1989) and Time’s Arrow: Or the Nature of the Offence (1991).

In 1993, Martin Amis put together another collection of non-fiction writing called Visiting Mrs. Nabokov: And Other Excursions. He further released two collections in back to back years; Two Stories (1994) and God’s Dice (1995), and then two novels; The Information (1995) and Night Train (1997), before letting out another collection of stories titled Heavy Water and Other Stories (1998).

In the 2000s, after releasing a book of memoirs titled Experience (2000), and another about Joseph Stalin and Russian history titled Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million (2002), among other works, Amis has published five more novels; Yellow Dog (2003), House of Meetings (2006), The Pregnant Widow (2010), Lionel Asbo: State of England (2012), and The Zone of Interest (2014).

Facts About The British Novelist

1. Family

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Martin Amis and wife Isabel Fonseca (Image Source)

Prior to his marriage to Antonia Phillips in 1984, Martin Amis had a relationship with Lamorna Seale that produced a daughter named Delilah. The novelist famously did not have any relationship with his daughter until she was 19 years old.

Not much is known about Amis’ marriage to Phillips, an American academic, other than that they welcomed two sons to the world; Louis, born in 1985 and Jacob, born in 1986. The pair were still married when Amis began a relationship with American-Uruguayan writer Isabel Fonseca. Fonseca met Amis while she was working at the Times Literary Supplement and had to conduct a phone interview of him.

After dating for a while, Martin Amis left his wife for Fonesca in 1993, a move that famously led the British press to brand him as a second-generation philanderer and his new love interest as a sultry American heiress. Despite the public scrutiny, the couple continued with their relationship and in 1996, they exchanged vows to become man and wife.

A year after their wedding in 1997, the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Fernanda. Two years later, in 1999, they welcomed another daughter named Clio. Together, the family split their time between homes in New York, London, and Uruguay.

2. His Stepmother Sparked His Interest in Writing Novels

Following the divorce of his parents when he was 12, his father married novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard. At around this time, the young Martin Amis had no interest in novels as he only read comic books. It was not until his stepmother introduced him to Jane Austen that he began to get interested in the writing. He often names Austen has his earliest influence, adding that his father showed no interest in his work.

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3. Amis Served as Professor at the University of Manchester Between 2007 and 2011

In February 2007, the University of Manchester appointed Martin Amis as a Professor of Creative Writing at The Manchester Centre for New Writing. As agreed to in his contract, he was to run postgraduate seminars and participate in four public events each year, including a two-week summer school, which earned him a salary of £80,000 a year.

Following the revelation of his earnings by a newspaper, there was an outcry that he was being paid too much for doing very little. This led to him stepping down from his position at the end of the academic year in 2011.

Susan Orlean – Books, Biography, Facts About The American Journalist

After first harboring the hopes of attending law school and making something out of her law degree, Susan Orlean abandoned that career path to do something she said she always wanted to do. The Ohio native had longed to become a writer of long stories about interesting things rather than news stories about short-lived events, and as things would pan out, she has been able to go ahead and live her dream. Read on to find out about her accomplishments in her career as a writer as well as other facts.

Susan Orlean – Biography

On October 31, 1955, in Cleveland, Ohio, Susan Orlean was welcomed into the world by her Jewish parents; Edith (née Gross) and Arthur Orlean. She has two siblings; a brother named David and a sister named Debra. While it is not clear what her mother, who is from Hungary, did for a living, her Polish father was an attorney and businessman.

Details about Orlean’s childhood are few and far between, a time she describes as relatively uneventful. What is known is that she was raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, however, where she received her high school education and what year she graduated is not public knowledge. For her college, the young girl attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she studied literature and history, graduating with an honors degree in 1976.

After leaving college, Susan Orlean moved to Portland, Oregon. While there, she began putting together plans to attend law school as she also landed a job as a writer for a tiny, now-defunct, monthly magazine. She later shelved her law school plans as she joined the alternative weekly newspaper called the Willamette Week, where she wrote music reviews and feature pieces. She soon later began publishing stories in magazines like Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Vogue, among others.

By 1982, Susan Orlean left Portland for Boston, Massachusetts where she became a staff writer for the Boston Phoenix. She later became a regular contributor to the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. After a few years in Boston, Orlean found herself on the move again, this time to New York, where she began writing for The New Yorker magazine and also became a New Yorker staff writer.

Susan Orlean Books

In addition to her journalism exploits, Susan Orlean has released over five non-fiction books including Saturday Night in 1990. Some of her other publications include The Orchid Thief (1998), The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounter with Extraordinary People (2001), My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who’s Been Everywhere (2004), Animalish and Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, both in 2011.

Her latest works include The Floral Ghost (2016) and The Library Book (2018).

Facts About The American Journalist

1. She Has Been Married Twice

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Susan Orlean and husband John Gillespie (Image Source)

In 1983, a year after moving to Boston, Susan Orlean exchanged marital vows with lawyer Peter Sistrom. The pair remained together for sixteen years without bringing a child into their world before calling time on their union.

In the following years, just after the turn of the millennium, the journalist began a relationship with the author and businessman John Gillespie, who served as the chief financial officer of the human services organization, Mentor Network. The pair, who were introduced to each other by a mutual friend, was said to have had dates in cities all across the world, including Rio de Janeiro, Bangkok, London, and Istanbul. They went on to tie the knot on the 10th of November, 2001, at the Explorers Club in New York.

In 2004, after about three years together, Orlean and Gillespie started a family by welcoming a son named Austin. She is also a stepmother to Jay Gillespie, her husband’s son from his previous marriage.

2. Her Books and Reports Have Been Adapted Into Movies

Over the years, Susan Orlean has written a good number of books and numerous other articles that has earned her rave reviews and gained her admirers from all over the world.

In 1998, eight years after she published her first book, Saturday Night (1990), the author wrote the book, The Orchid Thief, a profile on the famous American horticulturist John Laroche. The non-fiction book went on to form the basis of the script by Charlie Kaufman for the comedy and drama film, Adaptation (2002), which starred Nicholas Cage and Meryl Streep. For her performance in the film, Streep won a Golden Globe award.

Another of her works that have caught the attention of people in Hollywood is the article she wrote for Women’s Outside magazine in 1998 titled “Life’s Swell.” Orlean featured a group of young surfer girls in Maui, Hawaii in the article, and it went on to form the basis for the sports film, Blue Crush (2002), which starred Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, and Mika Boorem.

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3. Awards and Recognition

Susan Orlean became a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2003. In 2012, her alma mater, the University of Michigan, awarded her an honorary doctorate degree at the spring commencement ceremony. In 2014, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded her a Guggenheim Fellowship.