Literary Musings

8 Facts About Daphne du Maurier and Her Literary Life

Daphne du Maurier (1907 – 1989) was a British novelist, playwright, and short story writer. She was born and raised in London, growing up in a creative family connected with the literary and theatrical worlds. Though she’s best remembered for the 1938 romantic thriller Rebecca, it’s noteworthy that she was an incredibly prolific writer of novels, short stories, and biographies.

As her fame grew, she guarded her privacy fiercely. Respecting that, let’s stick with the facts about Daphne du Maurier and her literary life, paying homage to this immensely talented author. Read More→

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The Tragic Relationship of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

Sylvia Plath (1932 – 1963) was a gifted writer of poetry whose life ended all too young by suicide. Attractive, smart, and ambitious, she seemed to have what it took to succeed. But it was during her years at Smith College, where she was well-liked and academically adept, that she attempted her first suicide. Journal entries in her diary later revealed how much Plath struggled from that time onward, up until her suicide.

Many of the truths behind her final years were exposed after her death, discovered in letters revealing the dark secrets of her tragic relationship with Ted Hughes. Her body of poetic work, much of it published posthumously, also reveals much about her state of mind during the brief journey of her adult life. Read More→

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12 Fast Facts About Octavia Butler

Octavia Estelle Butler (1947 – 2006) was a pioneering African-American female author of science fiction at a time when the genre was male-dominated. Best known for her novel Kindred and the Patternist series, Butler developed her determination to become a writer at an early age . She was drawn to science fiction magazines like Amazing Stories, whose contents inspired unlimited possibilities and endless imagination. Here are some lesser-known facts about Octavia Butler:  Read More→

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12 Classic Feminist Authors to Discover or Rediscover

While this is by no means an exhaustive list of classic feminist authors, it’s easy to argue that these women writers (who are no longer with us) were all visionaries in their unique ways. Fortunately, many more women writing today weave their feminist views into their fiction and nonfiction works. It’s safe to say that they stand on the shoulders of those presented here in order of birth from George Sand through Octavia Butler. Are there any others you would have included in this list? Who are today’s leading feminist authors? Read More→

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10 Fascinating Facts About Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014) was an American author, actress, screenwriter, dancer, poet, and civil rights activist. Best known for her 1969 autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, this trailblazing woman led a vibrant life, full of accomplishments. While she’s remembered for her memoirs, poetry, performances, here are ten fascinating facts about Maya Angelou that give even more insight into her multifaceted life: Read More→

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