09 February, 2013

American Writers - memorable dates of February

Today’s session of the  GABFEST club (at Window on America center Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine) was dedicated to the Anniversaries  of American Writers in February. The focus of our attention was on the following authors:

-                  W. H. Auden 
He was  an Anglo-American poet who is famous  for  stylistic and technical achievements, his  engagement with moral and political issues, and  variety of tone, form and content  in his poetry.
 During the session we focused on Auden’s poem  The Age of Anxiety: A Baroque Eclogue. When it was published in 1947 The Age of Anxiety was a big hit. Significant poets and critics raved about it. Its title became a stock- phrase. It sold thousands and won Wystan Hugh Auden the Pulitzer Prize in literature. Leonard Bernstein wrote a symphony, Jerome Robbins - a ballet.
-                   Andre Norton
This female author’s work has encompassed many genres. But Andre Norton is probably most famous for her fantasy, in particular the Witch World series, begun in 1963 with the Hugo-nominated book of the same name. The popularity of the Witch World series has been so great that Ms. Norton continued it, to please her readers, to an incredible 35 books.
A.Norton is considered to be the Grand Dame of Science Fiction and Fantasy. There was established a Norton Literary Award for the American writers of SFF. We have translated the titles of her most popular works.
-                  Sidney Sheldon.
S.Sheldon was an Academy Award-winning American writer. He became most famous after he turned 50 and started to write best-selling novels, such as Master of the Game (1982), The Other Side of Midnight (1973) and Rage of Angels (1980). He is the seventh best selling writer of all time. It was a curious fact to know that Sheldon has Russian Jewish roots.
The session was very educational to all and introduced new names to the Club members.
The number of visitors 28 persons.

1 comment:

  1. Amazing and useful. We have never spoken about it before in details. Thanks Svetlana for this idea.