Eugene Ionesco was an acclaimed playwright who wrote mostly in French. Born in 1912 to a Romanian father and a French mother, Ionesco’s plays or “anti-plays” explored life’s mysteries and meaninglessness. In recognition of his work, he was awarded several prizes including the Tours Festival Prize for Film, Grand Prix National for Theatre, Monaco Grand Prix and the Austrian State Prize for European Literature.
His thoughts on writing and the impossibility of taking vacations are captured in this quote:
Michael Chabon is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and short story writer. His best-known works include his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburg, The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and Wonder Boys, which was made into a movie (2000), starring Michael Douglas.
On what it means to be a writer, he states simply:
Isaac Bashevis Singer (Icek Hersz Zynger in Polish) was a Jewish writer born in Poland who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978. He wrote and published only in Yiddish. His writing has been described as a “unique blend of religious morality and social awareness combined with an investigation of personal desires.”
He shared his thoughts on what being a good writer means. In his words:
Have you ever wondered about the depletion of a person’s creativity? If you’ve ever wondered what happens to your creativity over time, here’s what Maya Angelou has to say:
William Wordsworth was a major English Poet who lived in the 18th Century. He was one of the key figures of the Romantic Movement in English literature.
On writing, William Wordsworth said:
On writing, Judy Krantz says:
George Gordon Byron a.k.a Lord Byron was an English poet and major figure in the Romantic movement. Considered to be one of the greatest and most influential English poets, some of his best-known works include Don Juan and She Walks in Beauty.
In Don Juan, which is a long narrative poem, he says: