Authors & Artists
Here’s a list of all the authors and artists featured on Return of a Native – along with details of all photo-essays that relate to them.
Honoré de Balzac
Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) was a French realist novelist and playwright. He is best known for the series of interlinked novels and stories La Comédie humaine, (The Human Comedy) which depicts a vast slice of post-Napoleonic French life.
Dame Agatha Christie (1890-1976) was a popular English writer, prolific in the genre of mystery and crime fiction. Many of her stories have been televised and filmed.
Daphne du Maurier
Daphne de Maurier (1907-1989) was an English writer whose atmospheric books were often set in Cornwall. A number of her novels and short stories became successful films, most notably Rebecca and The Birds.
Graham Greene (1904-1991) is regarded as one of the finest writers of the twentieth century. By the time he died he had produced more than fifty works. Among them were novels, travel books, plays, film scripts, critical essays and three autobiographical works.
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, and set much of his fiction in Wessex, his fictional name for England’s South West.
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was an American journalist, novelist and short story writer who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th century fiction.
Laurie Lee (1914 – 1997) was an English writer, poet and screenwater, born in the village of Slad, Gloucester. He is best known for his autobiographical trilogy that starts with Cider with Rosie.
Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923), was a writer born in New Zealand who achieved international recognition as a master of the modernist short story, despite her tragically short life.
Nancy Mitford (1904-1973) was an English novelist, biographer and journalist. The eldest of the Mitford sisters, she was one of the ‘Bright Young Things’ of London society between the wars.
Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was an American poet, novelist and short story writer. Her best known works explore themes of death, identity and alienation.
Vita Sackville West (1892-1962) was an English writer and garden designer. She inspired her friend and lover Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando: A Biography.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) was the Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland and one of Britain’s leading Victorian poets.
Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) was a Welsh poet and writer, known for his lyrical and deeply emotional work as well as his turbulent personal life.
Violet Trefusis (1894-1972) was an English author and socialite, mainly remembered for her passionate love affair with Vita Sackville West.
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), English, is one of the most important modernist writers of the 20th century. She was also a central figure in the Bloomsbury Group.
Yuan Phai: The Defeat of Lanna (anonymous author) is a fifteenth century epic war poem about a famous battle between Siam and what is now Chiang Mai.