Introduced with a stunning portrait of each featured novelist, playwright, or poet, biographical entries trace the friendships, loves, and rivalries that inspired each individual and influenced their work, revealing insights into the larger-than-life characters, plots, and evocative settings that they created.
Lavishly illustrated with photographs and paintings of writers' homes, studies, and personal artefacts - along with pages from original manuscripts, first editions, and their correspondence - this book introduces the key ideas, themes, and literary techniques of each writer, revealing the imaginations and personalities behind some of the world's greatest novels, short stories, poems, and plays. Covering an eclectic range of authors from the Middle Ages to the present day, Writers provides a compelling glimpse of the lives and loves of each great writer.
James Naughtie is an award-winning radio presenter and broadcaster. He began his career as a journalist before moving to radio presenting in 1986. For over 20 years he co-presented on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, and he has chaired Radio 4's monthly book-club since it began in 1997. Naughtie has chaired both the Man Booker and Samuel Johnson judging panels and written a number of books.
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