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Authors, Poets & Novelists ~

James Agee

Countess Maria d'Agoult (Daniel Stern)
Shmuel Yosef Agnon
Conrad Aiken

William Harrison Ainsworth
Mark Akinson

Bust of Aeschylus (stone), Giclee Print
Bust of Aeschylus,
Giclee Print

b. c. 525 BC; Eleusis, Greece
d. c. 456 BC

Aeschylus is often recognized as the father of tragedy, the earliest of the three Greek tragedians whose plays survive (along with Sophocles and Euripdes). His inspiration to create plays came from Dionysus in a dream. Aeschylus also was a soldier in the Battle of Marathon against Persian King Darius.

Aeschylus quotes ~
• “But time growing old teaches all things.”
• “Everyone's quick to blame the alien.”
• “For the impious act begets more after it, like to the parent stock.”
• “From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.”

The Oresteia: Agamemnon; The Libation Bearers; The Eumenides

Aesop's Fables Poster
Aesop's Fables

Aesop, c. 600 BC, possibly a Greek slave of African descent, told short stories using personified animals to tell a cautionary tale, a moral lesson, and/or a rule of behavior. Over 200 fables have been attributed to Aesop. The word Aesop means Ethiop in Ancient Greek.

Aesop quotes ~
• “Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.”
• “Any excuse will serve a tyrant.”
• “Appearances are often deceiving.”
• “Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.”
• “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. ”
• “Familiarity breeds contempt.”
• “Example is the best precept.”

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Author James Agee, Photographic Print
James Agee,
Photographic Print

James Agee
b. 11-27-1909; Knoxville, TN
d. 5-16-1955; NYC

James Agee, author, journalist and screenwriter, was also a film critic. He was awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for his autobiographic novel, A Death in the Family. He was also author of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men a story in words and photographs, of three tenant families in the Deep South during the Great Depression. As a screenwriter he is credited with The African Queen (1951) and The Night of the Hunter (1955).

Portrait of the Countess Marie D'Agoult, 1843, Giclee Print
Countess Marie D'Agoult,
Giclee Print


Countess Maria d'Agoult
b. 12-31-1805; Frankfurt am Main, Germany
d. 3-5-1876; Paris

Countess Marie d'Agoult, pen name Daniel Stern, had three children with composer Franz Liszt, though they never married. Their second daughter, Cosima, became the second wife of composer Richard Wagner.

Marie d`Agoult: The Rebel Countess

Shmuel Yosef Agnon (Originally Samuel Josef Czaczkes) Israeli Author, Giclee Print
Shmuel Yosef Agnon (Originally Samuel Josef Czaczkes) Israeli Author, Giclee Print

Shmuel Yosef Agnon
b. 7-17-1888; Buchach, Ukraine
d. 2-17-1970; Jerusalem

Shmuel Yosef Agnon shared the 1966 Nobel Prize in Literature “for his profoundly characteristic narrative art with motifs from the life of the Jewish people”, with Nellie Sachs.

Days of Awe: A Treasury of Jewish Wisdom for Reflection, Repentance, and Renewal on the High Holy Days

Selected Letters of Conrad Aiken
Selected Letters
of Conrad Aiken

Conrad Potter Aiken
b. 8-5-1889; Savannah, Georgia
d. 8-17-1973; Savannah

Novelist and poet Conrad Aiken received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his Selected Poems in 1930 and was named Poet Laureate of the United States in 1950. Aiken was also key in establishing the reputation of Emily Dickinson as a major American poet.

Aiken's life was tragic - the death of his parents when his father murdered his mother and then committed suicide when Aiken was 11, three marriages, and the fear of insanity; two of his five novels are around depth psychology.

Aiken's grave in Savannah was mentioned in the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt.

Conrad Aiken quotes ~
• “Separate we come, and separate we go, And this be it known, is all that we know.” ~ self written obituary
• “Walk with me world, upon my right hand walk, speak to me Babel, that I may strive to assemble / of all these syllables a single word / before the purpose of speech is gone.”
• “I love you, what star do you live on?”
• “Music I heard with you was more than music, / And bread I broke with you was more than bread;”

FYI ~ Did you know that Aiken was related to Ulysses S. Grant, FDR, Calvin Coolidge, Alan B. Shepard, and Laura Ingalls Wilder as descendents of the Pilgrim Mayflower Delano family?

William Harrison Ainsworth English Novelist and Magazine Editor, Giclee Print
William Harrison Ainsworth
Giclee Print

William Harrison Ainsworth
b. 2-4-1805; Manchester, England
d. 1-3-1882

Historical novelist and magazine editor William Harrison Ainsworth is best remembered for his book Rookwood whose leading character is a romanticized version of a murderous real-life highwayman named Dick Turpin (1705-1739).

Turpin's Ride, Giclee Print - Cruikshank
Turpin's Ride,
Giclee Print

George Cruikshank

Ainsworth was also friends with Charles Dickens and the artist George Cruikshank, who illustated Ainsworth's Turpin's Ride on the horse Black Bess.

Mark Akenside 1844 Portrait Pleasures Imagination Book, Print
Mark Akenside,

Mark Akenside
b. 11-9-1721; Newcastle upon Tyne, England
d. 6-23-1770; London

Mark Akinside, who practiced as a physician, is best remembered today for his poem the Pleasures of the Imagination. Akinside was caricatured as the doctor in Tobias Smollett's The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle.

The Poetical Works of Mark Akenside

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