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.

Jane Austen

Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an English novelist known for her six major novels including Pride and Prejudice and Emma, which critique the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century.

 

 

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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.

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Vanessa Bell

Vanessa Bell (1879-1961) was an English painter and designer, known for her colourful Post Impressionist Paintings. She was an important member of the Bloomsbury Group and also the sister of Virginia Woolf.

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Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks (1955-) grew up in Australia, later moving to America. A journalist and novelist, she has won several prizes including the Pulitzer.

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Paul Cézanne

Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) was a Post-Impressionist painter often recognised as the father of Modern Art and the bridge between the Impressionists and the Cubists.

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Agatha Christie

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.

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Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist, philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist.

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Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was considered the greatest novelist of the Victorian era and a campaigner for social reform.

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Gaetano Donizetti

Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848) was a leading Italian composer of the bel canto opera style during the first half of the nineteenth century. Lucia di Lammermoor is perhaps the most well known of his 65 operas.

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Daphne du Maurier

Daphne de Maurier (1907-1989) was an English writer whose atmospheric books were mainly set in Cornwall. Several of her novels became successful films.

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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.

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Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas (1802 – 1870) was one of the most popular and prolific authors in France, known for his plays and historical adventure novels such as The Three Musketeers.

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Patrick Gale

Patrick Gale (1962 – ) is an English novelist and screenwriter. A number of his works are set in Cornwall where he has lived since 1988.

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Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) was a novelist, biographer and short story writer. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of Victorian society, including the very poor.

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Winston Graham

Winston Graham (1908-2003) was a prolific English novelist, best known for his Poldark series of historical novels set in Cornwall. He also wrote other historical works, thrillers, short stories and plays.

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Kenneth Grahame

Writer Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932) was born to a Scottish family but lived in England. His most famous book was children’s classic The Wind in the Willows.

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Graham Greene

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.

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Nina Hamnett

Nina Hamnett (1890–1956) was an artist, illustrator and writer who was associated with the bohemian and avant-garde circles of the London and Parisian art scenes in the first decades of the twentieth century.

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Thomas Hardy

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

 

 

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Augustus John

Augustus John (1878-1961) was a Welsh painter, draughtsman, and etcher. For a time he was considered the most important artist at work in Britain.

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John Keats

John Keats (1795-1821) was a Romantic Poet. Despite producing just three slim volumes of poetry in his short life, the scope ranges from odes and sonnets, to epics.

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Constant Lambert

Constant Lambert (1905 – 1951) was a British composer, conductor, and author. He was the Founder Music Director of the Royal Ballet and helped establish English ballet as a significant artistic movement.

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Laurie Lee

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.

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TE Lawrence

TE Lawrence (1888-1935) was a British archaeologist, army officer, diplomat and writer. The film Lawrence of Arabia was based on his wartime activities.

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Dora Maar

Dora Maar (1907 – 1997) was a French photographer and painter, and lover of Picasso.

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Katherine Mansfield

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.

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Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was one of the undisputed masters of twentieth century art, known for his use of colour and original draughtsmanship.

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Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan (1948) is a multi-award winning English novelist and screenwriter whose works have earned worldwide critical acclaim.

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Colin McPhee

Colin McPhee (1900 – 1964) was a Canadian composer and musicologist. He is best known for being the first Western composer to make an ethnomusicological study of Bali.

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Dame Nellie Melba

Dame Nellie Melba GBE (1861-1931) was an Australian operatic soprano. She became one of the most famous singers of the late Victorian era and the early 20th century.

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Nancy Mitford

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.

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Claude Monet

Claude Monet (1840-1926) was a founder of the Impressionist movement. He achieved international fame with his studies of light and landscape.

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Michel de Montaigne

Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) was one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance. His essays, some of the most influential ever written, are full of personal anecdote, insight and humanity.

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Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, print maker and ceramicist, the co-founder of Cubism, who is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.

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Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was an American poet, novelist and short story writer. Her best known works explore themes of death, identity and alienation.

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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849) was an American writer, poet, editor, and literary critic. He is best known for his macabre short stories and is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre.

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Vita Sackville-West

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.

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Francoise Sagan

Françoise Sagan (1935-2004) was a French playwright, novelist, and screenwriter. Her first novel – Bonjour Tristesse – was written when she was a teenager.

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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) was an English Elizabethan playwright, poet and actor, widely regarded as the world’s greatest dramatist.

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Ali Smith

Ali Smith (1962 – ) is a an award winning Scottish author, playwright, academic, journalist and one of Britains finest writers.

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Christina Stead

Christina Stead (1902 – 1983) was an Australian novelist and short-story writer known for her satirical wit and penetrating psychological characterisations.

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Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein (1874 –1946) was an American novelist, poet, playwright, best known for her modernist writing, extensive art collecting and literary salon in the early half of the twentieth century.

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Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) was a Scottish essayist, novelist, poet and travel writer, famous for writing Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

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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.

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Colin Thiele

Colin Thiele (1920-2006) was an Australian author renowned for his award-winning children’s fiction, most notably the novel Storm Boy which has been adapted for film twice.

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Dylan Thomas

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.

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Violet Trefusis

Violet Trefusis (1894-1972) was an English author and socialite, mainly remembered for her passionate love affair with Vita Sackville West.

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Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was an American novelist, short story writer and a designer of gardens and interiors. She wrote about the lives and morals of New York ‘aristocracy’ in the late nineteenth, early twentieth century.

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Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of the most popular playwrights in London in the early 1890s.

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Virginia Woolf

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.

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Yuan Phai

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.

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Émile Zola

Émile Zola (1840-1902) was a French writer in the literary school of naturalism. He is best known for his twenty-volume series Les Rougon-Macquart, a natural and social history of a family under the Second Empire.

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