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Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound – First Edition Books: Identification Guide

Ezra Weston Loomis Pound (1885 – 1972) was an expatriate American poet and critic, a major figure in the early modernist poetry movement, and a fascist collaborator in Italy during World War II. His works include Ripostes (1912), Hugh Selwyn Mauberley (1920), and his 800-page epic poem, The Cantos (c. 1917–1962). Pound’s contribution to poetry began in …

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Patrick O'Brian

Patrick O’Brian – First Edition Books: Identification Guide

Patrick O’Brian (1914 – 2000), born Richard Patrick Russ, was an English novelist and translator, best known for his Aubrey–Maturin series of sea novels set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, and centred on the friendship of the English naval captain Jack Aubrey and the Irish–Catalan physician Stephen Maturin. The 20-novel series, the …

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George Orwell – First Edition Books: Identification Guide

Eric Arthur Blair (1903 – 1950), known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. His work is characterised by lucid prose, biting social criticism, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism. As a writer, Orwell produced literary criticism and poetry, fiction and polemical journalism. He is …

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Kelmscott Press

William Morris & The Kelmscott Press – A Collector’s Guide

William Morris (1834 – 1896) was a British textile designer, poet, artist, novelist, translator, publisher and socialist activist associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement. He was a major contributor to the revival of traditional British textile arts and methods of production. His literary contributions helped to establish the modern fantasy genre, while he helped …

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Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf – First Edition Books: Identification Guide

Adeline Virginia Woolf (1882 – 1941) was an English writer, considered one of the most important modernist 20th-century authors and a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device. Throughout her life, Woolf was troubled by her mental illness. She was institutionalised several times and attempted suicide at least twice. Her illness …

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle – First Edition Books: Identification Guide

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (1859 – 1930) was a British writer and physician. He created the character Sherlock Holmes in 1887 for A Study in Scarlet, the first of four novels and fifty-six short stories about Holmes and Dr. Watson. The Sherlock Holmes stories are milestones in the field of crime fiction. Conan Doyle was …

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