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Master of the Month - C. S. Lewis

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Clive Staples Lewis / C. S. Lewis November 1898 - November 1963

"You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me". C. S. Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis or better known as C. S. Lewis is many things including an academic, a lay theologian, a medievalist, an essayist but most famous as a writer. Lewis wrote more than thirty books in differing genres making his works touch and inspire all across the world. Lewis was a committed Christian and even broadcasted discussions with his beliefs including 'Mere Christianity', 1941. Lewis had lost his faith during adolescence but his friend J. R. R. Tolkien encouraged him to join the church once more. They later created a literary group together at Oxford University called the Inklings. The Inklings wanted to appreciate and share their enthusiasm for narrative fiction and fantasy which then lead Lewis to begin his famous trilogy The Chronicles of Narnia, his bestselling works to date.  


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Master of the Month - Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde October 1854 - November 1900

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars". Wilde, 1892

Oscar Wilde, probably one of the most flamboyant and witty poets to grace our pages did live quite a fulfilling life full of art lecturing, marriage and many notable awards for his works. This was until he had an affair with a younger man and was then arrested for 'gross indecency', this unfortunate  event lead to imprisonment, poverty then a lonely death.

Wilde's most famous works consist of The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890), his most questionable work at the time, it was shunned and deemed immoral by the Victorian public, but is now embraced and categorised as one of his best works. However, as a dramatist his satirical work was well received with such plays as Ideal Husband (1895), Lady Windermere's Fan (1892) and of course The Importance of Being Earnest (1895).

The Picture of Dorian Gray 

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Master of the Month - William B. Yeates

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William Butler Yeates June 1865 - January 1939

Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, W.B Yeates is considered to be one of the most established figures in 20th century literature. Largely known for his poetry Yeates also dabbled in writing drama. He teamed up with George Moore and Edward Martyn to establish The Abbey Theatre; bringing drama with Irish flair onto the stage.

Yeates main influences were Irish legends and folktales, born in the county of Dublin but living in London, his family spent long summers in County Sligo, Western Ireland. It was only upon returning to Ireland at the age of fifteen that Yeates followed his father's footsteps. Becoming an artist of words. After completing his studies his first publication was released at the tender age of twenty, published by the Dublin University Review. It wasn't until eight years later that his true passions were published outside of an educational establishment. ‘The Wanderings of Oisin’, 1893. This was based on ancient Irish legends and one of his longest pieces telling of a famous hero; Oisin. The hero travels to different immortal lands with the fairy princess Niamh, they explore and inhabit different lands for hundreds of years enjoying new discoveries. When Oisin returns to the land of man (alone) he is saddened by his discovery of St Patricks success of disposing the pagan faith. After Yeates completed his poetic narrative he never wrote anything to that length again, deciding to indulge in lyric verse instead. 

I know that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above;
Those that I fight I do not hate
Those that I guard I do not love;
My country is Kiltartan Cross,
My countrymen Kiltartan's poor,
No likely end could bring them loss
Or leave them happier than before.

Extract from ‘An Irish Airmen Foresees his Death’

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