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Fernando Pessoa by Dimitris Katakalaios

Fernando Pessoa

Fernando Pessoa is the extreme example of what may be the essentially modern kind of poet: the objective introvert. None has more consistently tried to find his poems impersonal. He accepted the dividedness of a human self so completely that he did something unique: wrote poetry under four names - his own and three 'heteronyms'. Not pseudonyms: they are imagery poets with real poems in them. Fernando Pessoa was four poets in one: Alberto Caeiro, Ricardo Reis, Alvaro dos Campos and himself; each strongly distinct from the others.

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H. P. Lovecraft by Gus Leous

H. P. Lovecraft

H. P. Lovecraft has, in the sixty years since his death, become both a legend and an enigma. He has come to be regarded as the leading American writer of horror fiction in this century and continues to be a major influence upon the field today; but his life, work, and thought remain poorly understood, and many myths about the man and his work persist.

Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born at 9 a.m. on August 20, 1890, at his family home at 454 (then numbered 194) Angell Street in Providence, Rhode Island. His mother was Sarah Susan…

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Jules Gabriel Verne by Jim Down

Jules Gabriel Verne

He was an enormously popular French author. His stories, written for adolescents as well as adults, caught the enterprising spirit of the 19th century, its uncritical fascination about scientific progress and inventions. His works were often written in the form of a travel book, which took the readers on a voyage to the moon in From the Earth to the Moon (1865) or to another direction as in A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864). Many of his ideas have been hailed as prophetic. Among his best-known books is the classic adventure story Around the World in Eighty…

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Lost Horizon by Gas Terzoulin

A mythical country allegedly located in the mountains of Tibet, created by James Hilton in his novel 'Lost Horizon', in which he describes the perpetual youth and vigor of its residents. Some say his novel was based on ancient tales of remote parts of China, Nepal, and Tibet where folklore describes a valley of immortals living in perfect harmony.

Name also given to the "secret base" (later revealed as the aircraft carrier Hornet) from which James H. Doolittle led bombing raid on Tokyo April 1942, and to the Maryland presidential retreat of F.D. Roosevelt. The name is…

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