Author Birthdays – Finishing Up July

Alexandre Dumas (b. July 24, 1802, Villers-Cotterets, France; d. December 5,  1870, Seine-Maritime, France)

I know. Not at all what I would have pictured either“All generalizations are dangerous, even this one.” Read more quotes here.

Best Known for: Coming from a line of down-and-out military-aristocrats, being the grandson of an African slave, writing several plays, essays, stories and novels (most famously The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo), being the most widely read French author in history, spending much of the money he made writing on wine, women and song, and for being exhumed and reinterred in the Pantheon of Paris (where all the best French people are buried) in 2002

For more on Alexandre Dumas, click here.

(George) Bernard Shaw (b. July 26, 1856, Dublin, Ireland; d. November 2, 1950, Ayot St. Lawrence, England)

"Distinguished" is the word you're looking for.“A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.” You can find more quotes here.

Best Known for: Disliking being called George, (he preferred to go by his middle name), being an Irish socialist living in England, writing over 60 plays, winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925 (no biggie), and for winning an Oscar for the screenplay adaptation of Pygmalion, one of his most famous plays

For more information on Bernard Shaw, click here.

 Aldous Huxley (b. July 26, 1894, Godalming, England; d. November 22, 1963, Los Angeles, CA)

The word "bookish" comes to mind“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.” Find more quotes here.

Best Known for: Being a Huxley (they’re a big deal, and were especially so in 19th & 20th century Britain), being a distinguished Oxford grad and all-around intellectual, being a humanist philosopher and pacifist, being a prolific writer (he is best known today for his dystopian novel, Brave New World, which has proven eerily accurate in some of its predictions), and experimenting fairly extensively with psychedelic drugs later in life (a lot of his experiences got incorporated into his writing)

For more information on Mr. Huxley, click here.

Beatrix Potter (b. July 28, 1866, London, England; d. December 22, 1943, Near and Far Sawrey, England)

Why so serious?“Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.” More quotes here.

Best Known for: Having a lifelong love of nature, her scientific study and illustrations of plants and animals (especially her early paintings of fungi), writing and illustrating several children’s books – including the beloved Peter Rabbit books, being a successful farmer and sheep breeder, her interest in conservation and land preservation, and for donating so much land to the UK’s National Trust that it now constitutes a large part of Lake District National Park“Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.” More quotes here.

For information on Beatrix Potter, click here.

 

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