November : A Month of Birthdays
It’s a month of birthdays! We’re celebrating a number of our favourite authors along with the brilliant stories they created.
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Born: 30th November 1874.
Died: 24th April 1942
“We ought always try to influence others for good.”
Known For: Anne of Green Gables.
Her family were less than supportive and considered writing a waste of time, however Montgomery ran the post office and was able to submit work to publishers in secret.
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Born: 24th November 1849.
Died: 29th October 1924.
“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”
Known For: The Secret Garden.
The Secret Garden was based on the beautiful garden at Great Maytham Hall, where she lived for ten years.
Louisa May Alcott
Born: 29th November 1832
Died: 6th March 1888
“I could have been a great many things.”
Known For: Little Women
During her time as a Civil War nurse she contracted typhoid fever and pneumonia, which was treated with calomel, and led to her suffering from mercury poisoning until she died at age 55.
Born: 8th November 1847
Died: 20th April 1912
“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, you are one of the lights.”
Known For: Dracula
Stoker worked a business manager to the great actor Henry Irving. Upon their first meeting, Irving recited a spine-chilling rendition of Thomas Hood’s verse horror story The Dream of Eugene Aram.
Born: 29th November 1898
Died: 22nd November 1963
“Courage, dear heart.”
Known For: The Chronicles of Narnia.
Following on from a successful career as a Tutor of English Literature at Oxford University, C.S Lewis was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University in 1954, a position he held until his retirement.