Writers on the Riviera

Writers on the Riviera

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  1. Dame Agatha Christie
    While many writers travelled to the English Riviera for inspiration, the best-selling novelist of all time is a home-grown talent.
  2. Mary Shelley
    Mary was a novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer and travel writer, most famous for her novel Frankenstein. She married poet Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1816. In 1817 the Shelleys holidayed in Torquay.
  3. George Bernard Shaw
    The Irish playwright is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize for Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938) for ‘Pygmalion’. The 1897 play ‘You Never Can Tell’ was set in Torquay.
  4. Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    A poet and short story writer with a career spanning 4 decades. Elizabeth wrote about industrialisation, slavery, political leadership, religious controversy and the problems faced by women in society.
  5. Wilfred Owen
    Take a moment at the War Memorial, a fitting place to mark Wilfred Owen, widely regarded as one of Britain’s greatest war poets.
  6. Edward Bulwer-Lytton
    Edward was a successful poet, playwright and novelist with an impressive political career, serving twice in Parliament and going on to the House of Lords as Baron Lytton.
  7. Alfred, Lord Tennyson
    Alfred was the Poet Laureate during much of Queen Victoria’s reign and remains one of the most popular British poets. Alfred excelled at writing short lyrics, as in ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’.
  8. Lesley Pearse
    International bestselling author Lesley lives in Torquay. She was told as a child that she had too much imagination for her own good. Clearly this imagination has now been put to good use with 25 novels under her belt!
  9. Charles Kingsley
    Charles was a priest, a university professor, social reformer, historian and novelist, best known for ‘The Water Babies’, ‘The Heroes’ and ‘Westward Ho!’
  10. James Joyce
    An Irish novelist, short story writer, poet, teacher, and literary critic, James is regarded as one of the most important 20th century authors.
  11. Charles Darwin
    Charles Robert Darwin was a naturalist and biologist known for his theory of evolution, the process of natural selection, and as the author of ‘On the Origin of Species’. He lived at No. 2 Meadfoot House in Hesketh Crescent.
  12. Adam Nevill
    This is the man The Guardian called ‘Britain’s answer to Stephen King’. An award-winning author, renowned for the tensest, scariest writing you’re ever likely to read.
  13. Beatrix Potter
    Beatrix Potter was an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist best known for ’The Tale of Peter Rabbit’.
  14. Oscar Wilde
    Oscar Wilde was one of the most well-known personalities of his day, regarded for his biting wit, flamboyant dress and sparkling conversation.
  15. Seán O’Casey
    Seán O’Casey was an Irish dramatist and memoirist, living through turbulent times including the 1913 Dublin Lock-out and Strike (starving with fellow workers), the 1916 Easter Rising, the Anglo-Irish War and the Civil War.
  16. Aleister Crowley
    The Great Beast 666, Perabduro, Ankh-f-n-khonsu, the wickedest man in the world, Aleister Crowley was a noted – and controversial – occultist. He wrote widely, founded his own religious order, and designed a set of tarot cards that are still used today.
  17. Arthur Conan Doyle
    Conan Doyle was a British writer – originally a physician – best known for Sherlock Holmes, one of the most vivid and enduring characters in English fiction.
  18. Robert Louis Stevenson
    Robert was a Scottish novelist and travel writer, most noted for Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and A Child’s Garden of Verses.
  19. Rudyard Kipling
    Still one of the most popular British authors and poets, Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling and his wife lived at Rock House, Maidencombe from 1896-1898 on his return from America.
  20. T.S Eliot
    Thomas Stearns Eliot, the American-born poet, essayist, publisher, playwright, and literary and social critic Thomas Stearns Eliot, better known by his pen name TS Eliot, was “one of the twentieth century’s major poets”.

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