Many artists hide behind their work and allow their art to express what they cannot. This remains true for author, Barbara Kingsolver. She has written thirteen books, contributed to hundreds of anthologies, and published many stories, essays, poems, and articles. Her works have acquired many awards through the years, most notably, the National Humanities Medal, known as the highest honor of service through the arts in the year 2000. Kingsolver has heavily influenced her community and positively impacted the literary world.
Yeats was born on June 13, 1865 in Dublin. However, he’s family moved to London after he was born. Yeats decided to move to London when he was about 14 years old. After Yeats returned to London he met famous writers like Oscar Wilde, Lionel Johnson and Maud Gonne, this encourage him to write about his Irish heritage. Even though Yeats lived in London for about 14 years “Yeats maintained his cultural roots/Irish nationality” (Poetry Foundation). In addition, this means that Yeats showed his love to where he came from by including Irish legends on his poems and plays.
Many writers allow their personal experiences to influence their writing, but Zora Neale Hurston used her life to influence others. Hurston took her personal experience and used it to show impoverished black youth that they can be successful. The way she was raised influenced her and created a woman who would pave the way for feminists to be recognized as a respectable group. Hurston had a way with words that still, to this day, have an affect on youth and will affect future generations.. Her childhood and her introduction to average American society developed Hurston into a preacher of equal rights, a teacher of confidence, and a writer ahead of her time.
I find it really interesting how Kipling did what many Indian-English writers never dare to do. He transmitted his views and beliefs through his work. Criticism was not something that prevented him from stopping, it helped him find the confidence to continue. You mentioned how he also found inspiration from the different places that he lived in throughout his life: England, India, and Africa. Which influenced many of today’s writers to write about their surroundings. You also mentioned his most famous work, Kim, which I had not really heard about. Though I can now see why many people were intrigued by its plot.
“The way to Everest is not a Yellow Brick Road” - Jon Krakauer. This statement derives from Krakauer's thoughts and takeaways from his disastrous climb up Mount Everest that completely upset Krakauer's viewpoint of his lifelong dream, to climb the tallest mountain in the world. Krakauer recounts his journey while scaling Mount Everest in his non-fictional book Into Thin Air, that supports his statement of why the climb is not a Yellow Brick Road. Jon Krakauer's countless mountaineering adventures are the foundation of most of his books, including Eiger Dreams, Into Thin Air, and Into the Wild. Krakauer also uses religion as a base of his book Under the Banner of Heaven.
strong effect towards the reader as a very inspiring story. He was a young Indian child living on a
“I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul….I do not belong to that sobbing school of Negrohood who hold that nature somehow has given them a lowdown dirty deal….No, I do not weep at the world--I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife” (“Zora Neale Hurston,” 2009). One woman wrote stories focused on the lives and relationships of black people within their communities. In many of Zora Neale Hurston’s written works, she incorporated her beliefs, race, culture, and personal experiences. Hurston included feminism as well as pride of her race in her literary works to combat issues such as sexism and racism.
Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay December 30 1865 in Bombay, India. At age of 5 he was taken to England to live in a foster home with his younger sister. For the five years that he was forced to live there, he was constantly bullied by his foster – mother and foster brother. This time of his childhood affected his writing style. He later returned to India and was reunited with his parents.
Ambrose Bierce is a phenomenal author who has been heavily influenced by what he endured in the civil war. Peter J Marrone is quoted with saying, "Ambrose Bierce's martial experience as a Union soldier in the American Civil War proved to be the seminal episode indelibly impacting his philosophical, political, and cultural perspectives that would charge his literary constructions throughout his career." War between nations, war between states or war between your very own neighbor, war is something that has influenced a nations people. While war between nations is inarguably destructive to a nation, it is impossible to ignore the influence of war between the citizens of the same country. An excellent example of an individual heavily influenced by civil war, who chose to portray this influence in writing is Ambrose Bierce. In his most widely known work "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," the author makes great use of appearance
I was born in Bombay, India in 1865. My parents are John Lockwood Kipling and Alice Macdonald Kipling. My parents named me Rudyard because they were so moved by the beauty of the Rudyard Lake area. I was happy in Bombay with my family, but there is a tradition in British-India where the children are taken to England to live with another family. My sister, Beatrice, and I, were taken at the age of five to Southsea to live with Captain and Mrs. Holloway for six years. I recall it as an unpleasant time.
Shel Silverstein is a popular American cartoonist, singer, songwriter, playwright and author. He is mostly known for his children books including the popular, The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends. Surprisingly, Shel Silverstein did not always care for children literature. In fact, he criticized the sappy endings of happy children stories. However, he was eventually convinced by a friend to transform stereotypical children’s book and he able to become successful in creating clever and humorous poems and books.
Nicholas Kristof has been a journalist for the New York Times for over 15 years. Kristof was educated at Harvard and Oxford University, and knows several languages, such as Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic. His articles focus on human rights, women’s rights, health, and global affairs. Through his writing, Kristof has won two Pulitzer Prizes, the Anne Frank Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and several other humanitarian awards. In addition to writing with the New York Times, he was the first blogger with the New York Times and has written several books alongside his wife. Some of their books include A Path Appears and Half the Sky. His writing has helped influenced and educated many.
Rudyard Kipling was one of the greatest writers of all time. He was a gifted writer and a huge celebrity, and has provided us with countless writings that will continue to be enjoyed by future generations. There are two perspectives when it comes to Kipling’s canonization; those that believe based solely on his writing abilities think he should be canonized, and those who saw him as an only an outspoken political figure do not. The questions surrounding his use of a swastika show him to be a possible Nazi sympathizer and curve his support of canonization. The purpose of this research paper is to provide the insight and the facts to support the stature of his writing abilities, and to prove that on the
Rudyard Kipling’s attitude towards the British Empire was significantly negative. The novella essentially expressed Kipling’s feelings towards British Imperialism and his overall frustration with the British Empire. However, there are several positive qualities of the Empire pointed out by Kipling several times throughout his novella. Despite his mixed feelings, he is ultimately dissatisfied with the British Empire, claiming that it is “the White Man’s Burden”. Kipling was a steadfast imperialist, living in a time of British domination and oppression. He shared similar outlooks with the natives, that the majority of them were oppressed by the government and the wealthy. The upper class was greedy and wanted working men to do all of the work for them so that they could reap the profits. Kipling conveys his attitude towards British Imperialism through parallelism and figurative language.
The general argument made by author Marie Corelli in her work, To a mighty genius, is that Kipling is overrated and is not the greatest English author. More specifically, Marie Corelli argues that Kipling wrote volumes of short stories and rhymed doggerel. She writes, “ And so, excellent Rudyard, beware! You are not "the greatest English author" by a long way. In weak moments I admit that the newspaper-gushers work me into a delirium-tremens of ecstasy about you.” In this passage, Marie Corelli is suggesting that Kipling is nowhere near the greatest English author like the newspaper is saying. In conclusion, Marie Corelli’s belief is that Kipling’s short stories and poems are overrated and badly written.