Author Birthdays – Goodbye August, Hello September

John Locke (b. August 29, 1632, Wrington, UK; d. October 28, 1704, High Laver, UK)

Wow...“The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Two Treatises on Government, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding and Some Thoughts Concerning Education

For more information on John Locke, click here.

 

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (b. August 30, 1797, London, UK; d. February 1, 1851, London, UK)

Is it the forehead or the droopy shoulders that makes me feel like she is an 92 year old in this portrait?“Nothing contributes so much to tranquillize the mind as a steady purpose – a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.” You can find more quotes here.

What you should read: Frankenstein

For more information on Mary Shelley, click here.

 

 

Edgar Rice Burroughs (b. September 1, 1875, Chicago, IL; d. March 19, 1950, Encino, Los Angeles, CA)

Looks like he would be friends with Phillip Marlowe and Sam Spade“The more one listens to ordinary conversations the more apparent it becomes that the reasoning faculties of the brain take little part in the direction of the vocal organs.” Read more quotes here.

What you should read: Tarzan of the Apes (first of the Tarzan series) and/or A Princess of Mars (first in the Barsoom series)

For more on Mr. Burroughs, click here.

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