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Austen, Jane

Austen, Jane

Jane Austen was born in England in 1775. She wrote six complete novels before her death in 1817 and was said to be one of King George IV's favourite authors. Her novels are still well-read to this day and she has achieved a kind of fame she never could have dreamed of, as all her works have been adapted for the screen at least once.

"Jane Austen was my kind of gal. What a clever and funny woman she must have been. (At least on paper!)"

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Handler, Daniel

Handler, Daniel

Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket, is an American author, screenwriter, and accordionist. A native San Franciscan, alumnus of the San Francisco Boys Chorus, and graduate of Wesleyan University. His novels are The Basic Eight and Watch Your Mouth; they are comedies with a Gothic mood and rather adult subject matter. As "Lemony Snicket," Handler has written a series of children's novels, A Series of Unfortunate Events, but the man who starts out as a narrator becomes a character in the series, even writing a book entitled Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography. He has also written two additional works as Snicket, a comic about a Yeti in It Was a Dark and Silly Night, a volume of Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly's Little Lit series, and a holiday short story entitled "The Lump of Coal."

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Rowling, J.K.

Rowling, J.K.

Legend tells us that Joanne Rowling was a single mother barely scraping by until the publication of her first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, in 1997. She has since written five more books in Harry's story and become one of the wealthiest people in Britain.

"I cannot praise JK Rowling enough for bringing the world of Harry Potter to life. I adore those books and the bright, vivid world she's created in them. And any author who can get kids to read is completely awesome."

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Tolkien, J.R.R.

Tolkien, J.R.R.

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (January 3, 1892-September 2, 1973) is most famous as the author of The Hobbit and its sequel The Lord of the Rings. He attended King Edward's School, Birmingham and Oxford University; he worked as reader in English language at Leeds, as professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, and of English Language and Literature, also at Oxford. He was a strongly committed Catholic. He belonged to a literary discussion group called the Inklings, through which he enjoyed a close friendship with C. S. Lewis. Tolkien's other published fiction includes adaptations of stories originally told to his children. The enduring popularity and influence of Tolkien's works have established him as the "father of the modern high fantasy genre".

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