Scorpio Poets

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Sylvia Plath
(Famous for Her Books 'The Bell Jar' and 'Ariel')
Sylvia Plath
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Birthdate: October 27, 1932
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 11, 1963

Sylvia Plath was an American short-story writer, novelist, and poet. Plath is credited with popularizing confessional poetry and won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Sylvia Plath achieved popularity and critical acclaim despite suffering from clinical depression for the most part of her adult life. Her story inspired the 2003 film Sylvia in which she was portrayed by Gwyneth Paltrow.

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John Keats
(English Romantic Lyric Poet)
John Keats
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Birthdate: October 31, 1795
Birthplace: Moorgate, London, England
Died: February 23, 1821
John Keats was one of the leading 19th-century Romantic poets, along with Byron and Shelley, known for his natural imagery and emotions in his poems. Some of his best-known works are Ode on a Grecian Urn, To Autumn, and Ode to a Nightingale. He died of tuberculosis at age 25.
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Dylan Thomas
(Poet & Writer)
Dylan Thomas
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Birthdate: October 27, 1914
Birthplace: Swansea
Died: November 9, 1953

Dylan Thomas was a Welsh writer and poet who published popular poems, such as Do not go gentle into that good night, which was popularized in the 2014 movie, Interstellar, where Michael Caine's character recites the poem throughout the film. Dylan Thomas achieved tremendous popularity during his lifetime and remains popular after his untimely death at the age of 39.

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Ezra Pound
(American Poet and Critic Known for His Works: ‘Ripostes’, ‘Hugh Selwyn Mauberley’ and the Epic Poem, ‘The Cantos’)
Ezra Pound
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Birthdate: October 30, 1885
Birthplace: Idaho, United States
Died: November 1, 1972
American poet Ezra Pound was a significant figure in the modernist poetry movement who developed imagism and gained fame with works such as Ripostes and The Cantos. He later promoted social credit theory. During World War II, he supported fascism, participating in radio broadcasts against the U.S. and Jews. 
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Art Garfunkel
(Best Known for His Partnership with Paul Simon in the Folk Rock Duo 'Simon & Garfunkel')
Art Garfunkel
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Birthdate: November 5, 1941
Birthplace: Forest Hills, New York, United States
Eight-time Grammy winner Art Garfunkel is part of the folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, along with Paul Simon. He has had a successful solo career, too. One of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, he also earned a Golden Globe nomination for playing Sandy in Carnal Knowledge.
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Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
(Crown Prince of Dubai )
Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
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Birthdate: November 14, 1982
Birthplace: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Crown Prince of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum is the son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his senior wife, Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum. An alumnus of the London School of Economics, he writes poetry and is a skilled skydiver and a scuba diver.

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Robert Louis Stevenson
(Author of Famous Novels: 'Treasure Island' and 'Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde')
Robert Louis Stevenson
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Birthdate: November 13, 1850
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: December 3, 1894

Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish travel writer, poet, and novelist. A popular writer in his lifetime, Stevenson went about traveling widely and writing prolifically even as he suffered from bronchial trouble; his will power and love for writing won the hearts of many other writers. In 2018, he was ranked as the world's 26th-most-translated author.

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Chinua Achebe
(Nigerian novelist)
Chinua Achebe
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Birthdate: November 16, 1930
Birthplace: Ogidi, Nigeria Protectorate
Died: March 21, 2013

Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian poet, novelist, professor, and critic. Often described as Africa's greatest storyteller, Achebe is widely regarded as the father of modern African writing. He was the recipient of several awards and honors, including the Man Booker International Prize 2007. His novel Things Fall Apart is one of the most read books in Africa.

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Friedrich Schiller
(Playwright and Poet Known for His Works 'The Robbers', 'Don Carlos' and 'Mary Stuart')
Friedrich Schiller
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Birthdate: November 10, 1759
Birthplace: Marbach am Neckar, Germany
Died: May 9, 1805

Friedrich Schiller was a German poet, physician, philosopher, playwright, and historian. Schiller is best remembered for his friendship with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the two discussed issues concerning aesthetics. Schiller's discussions with Goethe paved the way for a period, which came to be known as Weimar Classicism. Friedrich Schiller is also widely regarded as Germany's most prominent classical playwright.

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Juana Inés de la Cruz
(Mexican Writer, Philosopher, Composer and Poet of the 'Baroque Period')
Juana Inés de la Cruz
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Birthdate: November 12, 1648
Birthplace: Tepetlixpa, Mexico
Died: April 17, 1695

Mexican nun Juana Inés de la Cruz was one of the finest authors of the Latin American colonial era. Initially the lady-in-waiting of Mexico’s viceroy, she later took her vows. She built a huge library and penned masterpieces such as the poem Primero sueño and the religious drama El divino Narciso.

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Anne Sexton
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Birthdate: November 9, 1928
Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 4, 1974
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Margaret Atwood
(Poet, Novelist, Literary Critic & Environmental Activist)
Margaret Atwood
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Birthdate: November 18, 1939
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet and novelist. Her works encompass themes, such as religion and myth, climate change, and gender and identity. An award-winning writer, many of Atwood's works have been made into films and television series; her work, The Handmaid's Tale, has had several adaptations. Perhaps, Margaret Atwood's most important contribution is her invention of the LongPen device.

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Stephen Crane
(Writer, Journalist, Poet, Baseball player, Novelist, Screenwriter)
Stephen Crane
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Birthdate: November 1, 1871
Birthplace: Newark
Died: June 5, 1900
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Ivan Turgenev
(Novelist, Short Story Writer, Poet & Popularizer of Russian Literature in the West)
Ivan Turgenev
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Birthdate: November 9, 1818
Birthplace: Oryol, Russia
Died: September 3, 1883

It is believed Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev was highly inspired by his dominant mother in his younger days and thus created strong female characters in his novels later. He is remembered for popularizing Russian literature and realism in the West. One of his most notable works was Father and Sons.

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Muhammad Iqbal
(One of the Most Important Figures in Urdu and Persian Literature)
Muhammad Iqbal
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Birthdate: November 9, 1877
Birthplace: Sialkot, Pakistan
Died: April 21, 1938

Muhammad Iqbal was a Scholar, poet, and politician. Born in British India (present-day Pakistan), Iqbal's poetry in Persian and Urdu languages is regarded as one of the greatest of the modern era. Also an influential politician, Muhammad Iqbal's vision of an independent Muslim state helped inspire the creation of Pakistan where he is recognized as the national poet.

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John Berger
(Novelist)
John Berger
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Birthdate: November 5, 1926
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 2, 2017
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Johnny Marr
(Guitarist, Poet, Singer, Songwriter, Record producer)
Johnny Marr
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Birthdate: October 31, 1963
Birthplace: Manchester, England
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W. S. Gilbert
(Dramatist)
W. S. Gilbert
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Birthdate: November 18, 1836
Birthplace: Southampton Street, London, England
Died: May 29, 1911
Laxmi Prasad Devkota
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Birthdate: November 13, 1909
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal
Died: September 14, 1959
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William Cullen Bryant
(Romantic Poet)
William Cullen Bryant
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Birthdate: November 3, 1794
Birthplace: Cummington, Massachusetts
Died: June 12, 1878
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Richard Brinsley Sheridan
(Irish Politician, Playwright and Poet)
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
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Birthdate: October 30, 1751
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: July 7, 1816

Irish-born playwright and satirist Richard Brinsley Sheridan is remembered for his plays such as The School for Scandal and A Trip to Scarborough. He owned Drury Lane Theatre in London and was known for reviving the Restoration comedy of manners, replete with stock characters and satire.

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Paul Valery
(French Poet, Essayist and Philosopher)
Paul Valery
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Birthdate: October 30, 1871
Birthplace: Sète, France
Died: July 20, 1945

Paul Valery was a French poet, philosopher, and essayist. Thanks to his immense contribution to literature, Valery received several nominations for the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature. The title of the 2013 Japanese animated historical drama film The Wind Rises was inspired by one of Paul Valery's verses. Also, his poem Palme inspired James Merrill's celebrated poem, Lost in Translation.

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Natalie Clifford Barney
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Birthdate: October 31, 1876
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States
Died: February 2, 1972
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Ella Wheeler Wilcox
(Poet and Mystic Rosicrucian)
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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Birthdate: November 5, 1850
Birthplace: Janesville, Wisconsin, United States
Died: October 30, 1919
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Lucan
(One of the Outstanding Poets of the Imperial Latin Period Who is Known for His Epic Poem 'Pharsalia')
Lucan
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Birthdate: November 3, 0039
Birthplace: Córdoba, Spain
Died: April 30, 0065
Lucan was a Roman poet who is counted among the most important personalities of the Imperial Latin period. He is best remembered for his epic poem Pharsalia, which narrates the civil war between the forces of the Roman Senate and Julius Caesar. Lucan was renowned for the speed of his composition, which set him apart from his contemporaries.
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Purushottam Laxman Deshpande
(Author, Film director, Actor, Composer, Poet, Screenwriter)
Purushottam Laxman Deshpande
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Birthdate: November 8, 1919
Birthplace: Mumbai
Died: June 12, 2000

Purushottam Laxman Deshpande was an Indian writer, humorist, actor, scriptwriter, musician, composer, and orator. Over the course of his illustrious career, Deshpande won several prestigious awards, such as the Padma Bhushan, Sahitya Akademi Award, Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship, and Kalidas Samman. He was also known for his social and philanthropic activities. His life inspired a couple of films and documentaries.      

Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton
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Birthdate: November 8, 1831
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 24, 1891
Apart from serving as a British viceroy of India, Robert Bulwer-Lytton had also penned poems under the pen-name Owen Meredith. His relief policy in the wake of the Madras famine of 1876-78 was highly criticized and held responsible for aggravating the famine. He also catalyzed the Second Afghan War.
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Jami
(Persian Sunni Poet and Scholar)
Jami
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Birthdate: November 7, 1414
Birthplace: Greater Khorasan
Died: November 9, 1492
Jami was a Persian poet best remembered for his achievements as a writer and scholar of mystical Sufi literature. A prominent poet-theologian, Jami was respected and revered for his piety and mysticism. He is also remembered for his analysis and explanation of the metaphysics of mercy. Some of his most popular poetic works are Tuhfat al-Ahrar, Fatihat al-Shabab, and Lawa'ih.
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Roger McGough
(Poet, performer, and children's author)
Roger McGough
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Birthdate: November 9, 1937
Birthplace: Litherland, Lancashire, England
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Thomas Nashe
(Playwright)
Thomas Nashe
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Birthdate: 1567
Birthplace: Lowestoft, United Kingdom
Died: 1601 AD
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Thomas Chatterton
(Former Poet whose best known poem, O synge untoe mie roundelaie was set to a five-part madrigal by Samuel Wesley)
Thomas Chatterton
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Birthdate: November 20, 1752
Birthplace: Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Died: August 24, 1770
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James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose
(Poet, Viceroy and Captain General of Scotland)
James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose
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Birthdate: October 25, 1612
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: May 21, 1650

Known as The Great Montrose, James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose was not just a Scottish nobleman and military leader but also a talented poet. He won many battles for Charles I but was defeated in the Battle of Carbisdale, following which he was hanged to death in the Edinburgh marketplace.

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John Berryman
(Poet, Writer, University teacher)
John Berryman
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Birthdate: October 25, 1914
Birthplace: McAlester
Died: January 7, 1972
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Vachel Lindsay
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Birthdate: November 10, 1879
Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States
Died: December 5, 1931
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Oodgeroo Noonuccal
(Political activist, artist and educator, who campaigned for Aboriginal rights)
Oodgeroo Noonuccal
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Birthdate: November 3, 1920
Birthplace: North Stradbroke Island, Australia
Died: September 16, 1993

Oodgeroo Noonuccal was an Aboriginal Australian poet, political activist, artist, and educator. She became the first Aboriginal Australian to publish a book of verse. She emerged as a prominent political activist in the 1960s and campaigned for aboriginal rights. She was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire and won many literary awards.

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Marianne Moore
(Former modernist poet known for such witty works as "O To Be a Dragon" and "A Face.)
Marianne Moore
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Birthdate: November 15, 1887
Birthplace: Kirkwood, Missouri, United States
Died: February 5, 1972
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Richard Baxter
(British Puritan Church Leader, Poet, Hymnodist, Theologian, and Controversialist)
Richard Baxter
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Birthdate: November 12, 1615
Birthplace: Rowton, Shropshire, England
Died: December 8, 1691

Richard Baxter was an English poet, theologian, hymnodist, controversialist, and Puritan church leader. He was one of the most influential and important leaders of the Nonconformists. Today, he is commemorated in the Church of England with a feast day on 14 June.

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Henry Van Dyke
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Birthdate: November 10, 1852
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: April 10, 1933
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Otep Shamaya
(Singer, Poet, Singer-songwriter)
Otep Shamaya
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Birthdate: November 7, 1969
Birthplace: Austin
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Andrew Motion
(British Poet, Novelist, Biographer and Poet Laureate From 1999 to 2009)
Andrew Motion
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Birthdate: October 26, 1952
Birthplace: London, England

English Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, the first laureate to serve a fixed term, is best known for his narrative poetry and works such as The Pleasure Steamers. He has also penned biographies of John Keats and the Lambert family members. He has also been knighted for his achievements.

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Arnold Bax
(Composer)
Arnold Bax
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Birthdate: November 8, 1883
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 3, 1953
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Tommy Makem
(Singer, Musician)
Tommy Makem
3
Birthdate: November 4, 1932
Birthplace: Keady, County Armagh, Northern Ireland
Died: August 1, 2007
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Gerhart Hauptmann
(Novelist, Dramatist)
Gerhart Hauptmann
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Birthdate: November 15, 1862
Birthplace: Szczawno-Zdrój, Poland
Died: June 6, 1946

Nobel Prize-winning German author Gerhart Hauptmann initially trained and worked as a sculptor but later deviated to poetry and drama. Known for works such as The Weavers and Before Dawn, he is considered one of the pioneers of literary naturalism. His novel Atlantis inspired a Danish silent movie.

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Sukumar Ray
(Photographer, Poet, Writer, Illustrator, Playwright, Children's writer)
Sukumar Ray
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Birthdate: October 30, 1887
Birthplace: Kolkata
Died: September 10, 1923

Sukumar Ray was a 19th-century Bengali writer and poet born in British India. He is most remembered for his writings for children. He was born into a prominent family as the son of a famous writer, painter, and instrumentalist. Sukumar Ray worked during the pinnacle of the Bengal Renaissance and was close friends with Rabindranath Tagore. 

 

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Mary Sidney
(Countess)
Mary Sidney
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Birthdate: October 27, 1561
Birthplace: Tickenhill Palace, Bewdley, Worcs, England
Died: September 25, 1621
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Colley Cibber
(Former Actor and Poet Who Was a Theater Artist and a Manager)
Colley Cibber
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Birthdate: November 6, 1671
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 11, 1757
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Maxine Hong Kingston
(American author)
Maxine Hong Kingston
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Birthdate: October 27, 1940
Birthplace: Stockton, California, United States
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Étienne de La Boétie
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Birthdate: November 1, 1530
Birthplace: Sarlat-la-Canéda, Périgord, France
Died: August 18, 1563
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Constanzo Beschi
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Birthdate: November 8, 1680
Birthplace: Castiglione delle Stiviere, Italy
Died: February 4, 1747
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Odysseas Elytis
(Greek Poet and Essayist)
Odysseas Elytis
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Birthdate: November 2, 1911
Birthplace: Heraklion, Greece
Died: March 18, 1996

Odysseas Elytis was a Greek poet, translator, and essayist. He is widely regarded as one of the most popular and important exponents of romantic modernism of his generation. He is also one of the most celebrated poets of the latter half of the 20th century. Odysseas Elytis was honored with the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature in 1979.