William Makepeace Thackeray was an English novelist known for his satirical works. Vanity Fair, which was one of his most popular novels, was the first novel published under his name. He published Vanity Fair in serial monthly parts, a method used by Charles Dickens. Other notable works include With the Luck of Barry Lyndon and Pendennis. He also wrote travel books such as The Paris Sketch Book and From Cornhill to Grand Cairo.
On writing, he said:
Pam Allyn is an author and American literacy expert. She is also a self-described “passionate advocate for innovation in education and in building start ups that grow up to change the world.”
She describes reading and writing as processes that are dependent on each other. In her words:
Yes, I know Thanksgiving is on Thursday, but I couldn’t wait. 🙂
Jose Luis Borges was an Argentine poet, short-story writer, and essayist. His tales and poems have come to be regarded as classics of 20th Century world literature. In 1961, he gained international fame when he was awarded the Prix Formentor, the International Publishers Prize, which he shared with Samuel Beckett, the Irish playwright.
His words offer valuable insight, a different perspective really, into the writing process. He saw writing as a guided dream. Specifically, on writing, he said:
Last month, I attended a music concert featuring mostly classical and orchestra music. Before the concert commenced, I looked through the program I was handed at the door. It contained details you would normally expect to see in a program of events: names of the organizers, history of past performances, names of individuals performing each musical piece, orchestra members and who was playing what instrument, degree qualifications, and accomplishments, etc.
But I also stumbled on an unexpected item.
Supertitles by XYZ.
What in the world are Supertitles? I wondered. Well, I did some digging around and here’s what I discovered.
E. B. White was a celebrated American writer. He contributed to the New Yorker magazine, writing musings, poems and sketches with admirable wit and humor. He also co-authored “The Elements of Style,” with William Strunk, Jr., which has become an essential style guide for writers (and non-writers). He was also a well-known children’s book author with three books to his credit including Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little.
On writing, he says:
“I hate plantains!” said nobody ever.
Have you met anyone who absolutely hated plantains or plantain chips?