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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.