• Rabindranath Tagore introduced Indian culture to the west. He was a great poet, playwright, novelist, musician and painter. In 1901 he founded an experimental school at Santiniketan, which became Visvabharati University. He wrote National anthems of both India and Bangladesh. He got noble prize for literature in 1913.
  • Conan Doyle, the Scottish writer best known for his creation of the detective Sherlock Holmes was Bachelor of Medicine and master of surgery.

While a medical student student, Conan Doyle was deeply impressed by the skill of his professor in observing the minutest detail regarding a patient’s condition. This became the model for Conan Doyle’s literary creation, Sherlock Holmes.

Her play `the mousetrap’ has set a world record for the longest continuous run at ambassadors Theatre, London where it was performed 8,862 times in more than 21 years.

  • R.K Narayan was one of the best known and most esteemed Indian writers in English.

He published his first novel, Swami and friends, in 935. It told of a group of boys in the fictional town of Malgudi. The town was the setting for many of his subsequent works. He was sometimes compared to the United States writer William Faulkner, who drew stories out of his own regional experience.

  • A onetime printer and Mississippi river boat pilot, mark twain became one of America’s greatest authors. his works `Tom Sawyer’, Huckleberry Finn’ and `life on the Mississippi’ rank high on any list of greatest America books.
  • Million of children have spent happy hours with Rudyard Kipling’s the `jungle books’ and ‘just so stories’ about the land and people of India. Rudyard Kipling knew India well. He was born in Mumbai on December 30, 1865. He received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1907.
  • Often praised as the world’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare wrote comedies, drama and histories in England in the late 16 Th and early 17 Th centuries.

Shakespeare’s plays are renowned for action, characters, thrilling language, and humor and romance. He wrote 37 plays in 20 years, 154 sonnets and 2 poems.


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