Playwright Brian Friel grew up in Northern Ireland and attended Ireland's national seminary, Saint Patrick's College. But, instead of becoming a priest, took up teaching and writing. In the late 1950s, his first radio plays aired on the BBC and he began to publish short fiction.
By the mid-1960s,
American writer of science fiction and fantasy, poet and critical essays. Her thought-provoking novels include The Left Hand of Darkness (1969), which won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, as did The Dispossessed (1974), and Lavinia (2008).
Science fiction was not always a welcoming place for women
A MacArthur-certified genius, George Saunders explores, through his fiction and non-fiction, the commonplace perversities, absurdities, and disarmingly naïve sweetness that undergirds much of American society. He is one of the few contemporary writers who has gained distinction both for the acuity
Milan Kundera is a playwright and novelist, who was born in Czechoslovakia, but has lived in exile in France since 1975, where he became a naturalized citizen in 1981. He is best known as the author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, and The Jo