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The poet and writer Oscar Wilde was the leading personality of the Aesthetic Movement. He promoted the philosophy of 'art for art's sake' in a series of lectures in America and Britain. Wilde was a famous dandy and wit. He is best known for plays such as Lady Windermere's Fan, The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray, which was later turned into a novel. In 1895, at the height of his success, Wilde was tried and imprisoned for homosexuality.
Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (1889–1963) French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager and filmmaker -Cocteau is best known for his 1929 novel Les enfants terribles, the 1929 play Les parents terribles, and the 1946 film, Beauty and the Beast. His famous quotes include: “I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul. A meow massages the heart." He dedicated Drôle de Ménage to his cat Karoun, whom he described as "the king of cats."
Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae, MD (November 30, 1872 – January 28, 1918) was a Canadian poet, physician, author, artist and soldier during World War I, and a surgeon during the Second Battle of Ypres, in Belgium. He is best known for writing the famous war memorial poem "In Flanders Fields".
Mercedes de Acosta (March 1, 1893 – May 9, 1968) was an American poet, playwright, and novelist. Four of de Acosta's plays were produced, and she published a novel and three volumes of poetry. She was professionally unsuccessful but is known for her many lesbian affairs with famous Broadway and Hollywood personalities and numerous friendships with prominent artists of the period
November 1, 1865: Alexander Beaufort Meek, lawyer, poet, newspaper editor, and state legislator, dies at age 51. Meek was responsible for the passage of the Public School Act of 1854, the first statewide legislation to create a fund for public education and the position of state superintendent of education. Meek’s most famous poem, The Red Eagle, a lyrical epic about Creek chief William Weatherford, was published in 1855.
D. H. Lawrence (aged 21 on the left) famous english poet, born 1885 and died 1930 interestingly, his reputation when he died was “that of a pornographer who had wasted his considerable talents". however, he’s now valued as a “visionary thinker and significant representative of modernism in english literature". but god, is he hot or what?
Homer, the famous poet of the Greek antiquity, is known all over the world for his two epic poems, Iliad and Olyssey. Historians believe that Homer was blind, as shown by his name, which in Greek means "he who can't see". Seven cities claim to be the birthplace of Homer and the most possible is that he was born in Smyrna, modern Izmir, or on Chios, while it is believed that he died in Ios, the homeland of his mother.
Nathalia Crane (1913-1998): Known as “the twelve 12-year- old poet of Brooklyn,” Nathalia Crane became famous after the publication of her first poetry book. Unaware that she was a child, The New York Sun published her poetry when she was 9 years old. Crane is most famous for her poetry book The Janitors Boy and novel The Sunken Garden. She later became a professor of English at San Diego State University.
Niel Gow (1727-1807). Violinist & composer, 1787, by Sir Henry Raeburn. Scotland's most famous fiddler & composer of strathspeys & reels, lived in the cottage where he had been born, just outside Dunkeld, Perthshire. Travelled all over the country playing at balls & festivities. He was known for accompanying his playing with an occasional sudden shout, which startled and excited the dancers. Poet Robert Burns visited Gow was struck by the sitter's open heartedness & honest, simple appearance.
Jan Jakub Twardowski (June 1, 1915 – January 18, 2006) was a famous Polish poet, but, as he said of himself, he was a priest (of the Catholic Church) first of all. He was a chief Polish representative of contemporary religious lyrics. He wrote short, simple poems, humorous, sometimes with colloquialisms. He joins observation of nature with philosophical reflexion. Twardowski received many awards and medals for his output.