T.S. Eliot, John
Galsworthy, Harold Pinter and Patrick White see Nobel
1906 the poet
John Betjeman was born in Islington. He succeeded Cecil Day-Lewis
in 1972 and on his death in 1984 was succeeded by Ted Hughes.
du Maurier was born in London in 1907.
journalist and thriller writer Ian
Fleming was born in Mayfair in 1908. Starting with Casino
Royale (published 1953) he wrote 12 novels and 2 short story
collections featuring the British spy James Bond. All of the books
were made into highly successful films, starting with Dr No
Stephen Spender was born in London in 1909. He became
friends with W.H. Auden and Cecil Day-Lewis whilst studying at Oxford
where he also met Christopher Isherwood, whom he would later spend
time with in 1930s Germany. Their writings would reflect and chronicle
the political and social divides of the decade which ended in the
outbreak of World War Two. Spender died in London in 1995.
Christopher Isherwood and W.H. Auden
What I had not foreseen;
Was the gradual day
Weakening the will
Leaking the brightness away.
What I expected, was (1933)
Stoker, author of Dracula, died in London in 1912.
American-born author Henry James
died in London in 1916. He is buried in the United
States, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
author of King Solomon's Mines Henry
died in London in 1925 and is buried at Ditchingham in Norfolk.
Scottish writer and creator of Peter Pan
J.M. Barrie died in London in 1937.
author of The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine H.G.
Wells, died at his home at 13 Hanover Terrace in Westminster
author of 1984 and Animal Farm George
Orwell, died at Westminster Hospital in London in 1950. He is
buried in Sutton Courtenay in Oxfordshire.
Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present
controls the past.
Motion was born in London n 1952. In 1999 he became Poet
succeeding Ted Hughes who had died the year before. Previously held
for life, the position of poet laureate is now restricted to a 10-year
period and so in 2009 Motion was succeeded by the first woman to
hold the post, Carol Ann Duffy.
American-born poet Sylvia
Plath committed suicide in London in 1963. She is buried in
Heptonstall in Yorkshire.
Is an art, like everything else.
MacNeice died in London in 1963.
By a high star our course is set,
Our end is Life. Put out to sea.
novelist L.P. Hartley died in 1972