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.