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Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh  

(1956– ),Indian novelist, travel writer, and anthropologist, born in Calcutta, educated at Delhi University and at Oxford. His writings in all genres display his experiences of a variety of cultures. ...
Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth  

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(b Chadds Ford, Pa., 12 July 1917; d Chadds Ford, 16 Jan. 2009).American painter, son and pupil of a well-known muralist and illustrator of children's books, Newell Convers Wyeth (1882–1944). Wyeth's ...
Angela Carter

Angela Carter  

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1940–1992)British writer whose imaginative novels, which blend fantasy with realism, have won her a cult following.Born in Eastbourne, Angela Stalker was brought up in Yorkshire and London, failed to ...
Anglo-Indian literature

Anglo-Indian literature  

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Present‐day India boasts an English language literature of energy and diversity, and has spawned a striking literary diaspora. Some writers of Indian descent (V. S. Naipaul, Bharati Mukherjee) now ...
Bapsi Sidhwa

Bapsi Sidhwa  

(1938– ),Pakistani novelist, born in Karachi, a member of the tiny Parsi (Zoroastrian) community; Sidhwa grew up in Lahore, where she was educated. Her first published novel, The Crow Eaters ...
Boom

Boom  

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A term used loosely to refer to a group of Latin American authors who, in the late 1950s and 1960s, put fiction from the sub‐continent on the international map. The ...
Edmund White

Edmund White  

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(1940– ),American novelist and essayist, born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Nocturnes for the King of Naples (1978) is a non‐realistic novel dealing with homosexual themes which were pursued more ...
Edwin Dickinson

Edwin Dickinson  

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(b Seneca Falls, NY, 11 Oct. 1891; d Cape Cod, Mass., 2 Dec. 1978).American painter and draughtsman. He often treated enigmatic or disquieting subject matter and he has been described as ‘perhaps the ...
Emma Tennant

Emma Tennant  

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(1937– ),novelist, born in London but brought up largely in Scotland. She founded and edited the literary review Bananas. Her novels, which have been variously described as neo‐Gothic and magic ...
fabulation

fabulation  

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A term used by some modern critics for a mode of modern fiction that openly delights in its self‐conscious verbal artifice, thus departing from the conventions of realism. Robert Scholes in his book ...
Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez  

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(1928– )Colombian novelist and short-story writer, one of the founding figures of modern South American literature. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1982.Brought up in poverty in the remote village ...
George Tooker

George Tooker  

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(b New York, 5 Aug. 1920; d Hartland, Vermont, 27 March 2011).American painter. He studied at the Art Students League of New York, 1943–4. His teachers there included Reginald Marsh, and it was from ...
Gloria Naylor

Gloria Naylor  

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(1952– ) African-American novelistThe Women of Brewster Place (1982) FictionLinden Hills (1985) FictionMama Day (1988) FictionBailey's Cafe (1992) FictionThe Men of Brewster Place (1998) Fiction1996 ...
Helen Garner

Helen Garner  

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(1942– ),Australian novelist and short-story writer, born in Victoria, educated at the University of Melbourne. Her dismissal from her teaching job in a Melbourne secondary school in 1972, for using ...
Honoré Sharrer

Honoré Sharrer  

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(1920–2009).Painter. In recent decades known for quirky, often dreamlike, surrealistic images, Sharrer earlier employed her tight, highly detailed but imaginative approach to focus on the lives of ...
Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende  

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(1942– )Best‐selling Chilean writer born in Lima (Peru). Initially a journalist, she maintains that Pablo Neruda encouraged her to write fiction. After Pinochet's 1973 military coup, she fled to ...
Italo Calvino

Italo Calvino  

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(1923–1985)Italian writer, who drew on his wartime experiences before turning to the erudite and witty fantasy novels for which he is best known.Born in Santiago de las Vegas, Cuba, Calvino emigrated ...
Ivan Albright

Ivan Albright  

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(b North Harvey, Ill., 20 Feb. 1897; d Woodstock, Vt., 18 Nov. 1983).American painter, the son of Adam Emory Albright (1862–1957), a painter who had studied under Eakins. During the First World War ...
Jack Hodgins

Jack Hodgins  

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(1938– ),Canadian novelist and short-story writer, born on Vancouver Island, educated at the University of British Columbia. Hodgin's fiction shows the influence of Latin American magic realism, but ...
Jared French

Jared French  

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(1905–88).Painter. Dislocation, irrational behavior, and inscrutability prevail in his enigmatic figurative works. Enacted by individuals who generally fail to connect with each other ...

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