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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.

"Her books make me laugh out loud."

Meaghan's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Christie, Agatha

Christie, Agatha

The Queen of Crime! Christie was born in 1890 and died in 1976. She published more than 80 novels which have sold more than a billion copies worldwide. Her two most famous sleuths are Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot.

"When I was younger I was obsessed with her books. I still have about 30 of them on a special shelf in my room and, thanks in part to a bad memory for endings and in larger part to Christie's clever plots, I can read any one of them and still be quite surprised by the solution."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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Gaiman, Neil

Gaiman, Neil

British-born, US-resident Neil Gaiman is probably most famous for his award-winning series of Sandman comics, which is considered by many to be one of the greatest achievements in comic writing. His work extends well beyond the comic book realm, though, into adult novels, short stories, children's novels, picture books, and screenwriting.

"I love the way he deals with mythology in his writing. He's an expert at dealing with dreamy atmospheres and archetypes, probably because he spent all that time hanging out with the Dream King. :)"

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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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."

"A very distinctive voice, with a really enjoyable style."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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Lewis, C.S.

Lewis, C.S.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English literature at Oxford University until 1954 when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. His major contribtions in literary criticism, children's literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year.

"An excellent writer. I love the Narnia books dearly, and I've also enjoyed reading some of his literary criticism. Yes, I said I enjoyed reading literary criticism. What of it?"

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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Richler, Mordecai

Richler, Mordecai

Born in 1931 in Montreal, Richler wrote huge but personal novels about the experience of growing up Jewish in Quebec. Considered one of Canada's greatest authors, he was also a (usually controversial) commentator on Canadian politics and a writer of some pretty successful children's stories (Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang). He died in 2003.

"I just adore him. His books are often hilarious (though usually full of his own cynicism) and always very intelligent. He is definitely my favourite Canadian writer, but I'd rank him among any country's best."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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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.

"She has brought lots and lots of joy to me and lots of other people through the Harry Potter books, which I think are among the best I've ever read. She is, quite simply, a creative genius."

Meaghan's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Shakespeare, William

Shakespeare, William

William Shakespeare, aka The Bard, was a British playwright/poet who lived in the late 1500's/early 1600's. He wrote dozens of plays, over 150 sonnets, and a number of poems. He is considered one of the only playwrights to excel in both comic and tragic stories. He is also one of the most quoted authors in the all of literature. Some of his most famous works include Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, etc.

"He invented a large part of the English language! It's a fact."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Shields, Carol

Shields, Carol

Carol Shields was born in Illinois in 1935 but arrived in Canada as a university student (she got her Master's at the University of Ottawa), married a Canadian, and lived in Canada for the rest of her life, teaching at a few different universities. A mother of five, Shields was known for writing stories about the everyday lives of people, mostly women. Her best-known work is probably The Stone Diaries, which won the Pulitzer Prize. Shields was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998 and eventually died of the disease in 2003. Her final novel, Unless, was published in 2002.

"I haven't read all her books (yet), but I have loved the ones I've read so far. Unless in particular I thought was absolutely brilliant."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Thompson, Craig

Thompson, Craig

American graphic novelist born in 1975. He is best known for his Eisner Award winning autobiographical graphic novel Blankets (2003). He has also published a short graphic novel, Goodbye, Chunky Rice (1999) and a graphic novel travelogue, Carnet de Voyage (2004).

"I first heard of Craig Thompson when a friend lent me Blankets, which is absolutely stunning and one of the best books I had read in years. Then I picked up Goodbye, Chunky Rice, which is also brilliant (and kind of heartbreaking). I love Thompson's style of art and he is great at evoking a sort of nostalgic, wistful atmosphere with the combination of his writing, his art, and the way he lays out his pages. If anyone needed any proof that a "comic book" can be good literature, they need look no further than Craig Thompson."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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