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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.

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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."

"He's definitely got a gift for words. Very fun to read."

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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 pieced together such a great, epic story and she gets major credit for getting kids to read again."

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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.

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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".

"While I think LOTR starts off a bit slowly, he certainly had quite an imagination. To create such a complete world like that."

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