Sunday, February 25, 2007

Author Birthdays

February 25

Anthony Burgess

Writer and critic, born in Manchester, Greater Manchester, NW England, UK. He studied at Xaverian College and Manchester University, lectured at Birmingham University (1946–50), worked for the Ministry of Education, and taught at Banbury Grammar School (1950–4). He then became an education officer in Malaya and Brunei (1954–9), where his experiences inspired his Malayan Trilogy (1965). His many novels include A Clockwork Orange (1962), 1985 (1978), Earthly Powers (1980), and Any Old Iron (1989). He wrote several critical studies and film scripts, including Jesus of Nazareth (1977). His musical compositions include symphonies, a ballet, and an opera. He also wrote under the name of Joseph Kell as well as under his original name. In his later years he lived in Monaco. In 2004, his widow Liana Burgess, opened the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester as a focal point for his life and work.

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Cynthia Voigt

Cynthia Voigt is an accomplished storyteller noted for her well-developed characters, interesting plots, and authentic atmosphere. In her novels for children and young adults, she examines such serious topics as child abandonment, verbal abuse, racism, and coping with amputation. Reviewers have praised Voigt's fluent and skillfully executed writing style, compelling topics, and vividly detailed descriptions. Critics also have described Voigt's themes as universal and meaningful to young adults, particularly noting her expertise in fashioning convincing characters and rich relationships in which both adults and children grow in understanding.
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