Sa’adat Hasan Manto

  Sa’adat Hasan Manto Sa’adat Hasan Manto (1912-55) was an Indian-Pakistani Urdu short story writer, novelist, essayist, playwright and screenwriter.  He was born in Samrala, in Punjab and was educated in Amritsar and Aligarh. After completing his formal education in 1941, he took to work at the All India Radio, Delhi. There he wrote a […]

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Henry Reed

Henry Reed: An Introduction Henry Reed (1914-1986) was a teacher, translator, journalist, poet, playwright and radio broadcaster. He was born in Birmingham and was educated at King Edward VI School and then at the University of Birmingham.  There he associated with the poets like W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice and Walter Allen and was inspired […]

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Nabakanta Barua

Nabakanta Barua Nabakanta Barua (29 December 1926 – 14 July 2002) was a prominent Assamese poet and novelist. He is also known in his pseudonyms as Ekhud Kokaideo and Seema Dutta. Nabakanta Barua was born in 1926 in Guwahati, Assam. Nilakanta Barua, a school inspector and later teacher was his father and Swarnalata Baruani was […]

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Madhavdev

Madhavdev Madhavdev (1489–1596) was an Assamese saint-poet and chief disciple of Shrimanta Shankardev, the founder of  Neo-Vaishnavism ( Ekasarana Dharma). Madhavdev was born in May 1489 in the village of Letekupukhuri, Narayanpur in Lakhimpur District of Assam. His father’s name was Govindagiri and mother’s name was Manorama. Madhavdev took his education under the teacher named […]

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Nalinibala Devi

Nalinibala Devi Nalinibala Devi (1898– 1977 was an Indian -Assamese biographer and mystical female poet. She was born in Guwahati in 1898. Her father Karmaveer Nabin Chandra Bordoloi was a notable Assamese-Indian revolutionary who fought against the British rule in India. Nalinibala Devi had hardly got the chance to undergo formal education. As a social […]

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Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen — An Introduction Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) was an English soldier and poet. He wrote poetry on the theme of war. He was born at Plas Wilmot, near Oswestry in Shropshire and was educated at Shrewsbury Technical School and the Birkenhead Institute. He tried to get a scholarship to go to London University but failed. […]

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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou   Maya Angelou (1928-) was an American Negro poet, playwright, actress, memoirist and social activist.  He was born in St. Louis, Missouri. After her birth, her parents separated from each other and Maya Angelou was brought up by her grandmother. At the age of eight, she was sexually harassed by one of her […]

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Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes Langston Hughes (1902-67)  was an American-Negro poet, short-story writer, novelist, columnist and playwright. He was born in Joplin, Missouri, and grew up in Kansas, Illinois and Ohio. He came of a very poor but noted black family. Langston Hughes began his literary career at an early age and he published his first collection […]

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Wole Soyinka

  Wole Soyinka Wole Soyinka (1935-) was a Nigerian poet, essayist, dramatist and critic. He was born near Ibadan in Western Nigeria in 1935. He was educated in Nigeria and at Leeds University in England. He founded the Orisun Theatre Company in 1964. In 1975, he became Professor of Comparative Literature at Ife University in […]

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Roger Mais I A Jamaican Writer

Roger Mais Roger Mais (1905-1955) was a Jamaican short story writer, journalist, poet, playwright and novelist. He was born into a middle-class family in Kingston.  He wrote on the themes of distinction between the privileged and non-privileged classes of society.  In 1944 he published a satire entitled ‘Now We Know’ and was accused of sedition. […]

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