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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 - Roald Dahl

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Roald Dahl September 1916 - November 1990

"if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely". Dahl, 1980

Roald Dahl was a spy, an air force pilot, a chocolate tester and very successful children's author. Roald Dahl, named after the first Norwegian to make it to the South Pole, had a very bright future ahead of him, however that was shortly extinguished with the death of his sister and father. Wanting a good life for Dahl, his mother sent him to various boarding schools in hopes he would gain a good education. What Dahl didn't know at the time was that these experiences would inspire him later in life to write 'Charlie and the Chocolate Fcatory' (1964) and the autobiography-like book of 'Boy' (1984). Dahl's books are always charming with flair for the bizarre all wrapped up in dry British humour from the grotesque prank-loving husband and wife 'The Twits' (1980) to the spell-binding mystery of 'The Witches' (1983) Dahl created literature to suit and amuse all appetites.

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The BFG, 1982, pictured above

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Master of the Month - Mary Shelley

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Mary Shelley August 1797 – February 1851

Mary Shelley, born Mary Wollstonecraft was a novelist most famous for her science fiction horror Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus, published in 1818 through her husband’s company. Shelley was born in Britain and grew up with an array of influences, including her father, a philosopher and political writer, and her mother, a famed feminist noted for The Vindication of The Rights Of Women (1792). However, many tragedies occurred in the Wollstonecraft household leading Shelley to become a step daughter to a mother she despised. Some of her siblings were sent away to be schooled whilst Shelley was never formally educated, she enjoyed drawing and writing her own stories as a pass timer but took every opportunity to learn and read as much as possible from her father’s extensive library.

Frankenstein (1818)

It was through her self-taught studies that she managed to publish her first poem ‘Mounseer Nongtongpaw’, 1807 through her fathers circles. Later in life, through adultery and misfortune Shelley escaped to Europe with her sister Jane and lover Percy Shelley. She wrote the six weeks of adventure as travel writing but were not published until much later due to her actions being considered immoral and dishonest. It wasn’t until Mr and Mrs Shelley visited some friends in Geneva, Switzerland that she started to craft the idea of Frankenstein, her most popular novel yet. She went on to write others including Mathilda (1820), The Last Man (1826), Lodore (1835) and many more. Her stories include internal and external battles amongst families and man, this is likely due to the troubled and confusing childhood she experienced whilst growing up.

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Master of The Month - Gustav Klimt

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Portrait of Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt July 1862 - February 1918

Klimt is an Austrian born symbolism painter best known for his figurative works with gold leaf. Not only did Klimt create paintings he also produced sketches, murals and other forms of objects d'art as portraits, landscape and allegories. His main influences were the female form and the methodical process applied to art in Japan. Though Klimt didn't travel far his regular trips to Venice and Ravenna are believed to have inspired him to use mosaic and byzantine imagery within his work. Before breaking success with his 'Golden Phase' Klimt received a lot of negativity due to the belief that his work were too pornographic. This came when he was commissioned to paint the ceiling in the Great Hall of the University of Vienna in 1894, the themes were too radical and risqué for the public that the paintings were never featured in the hall.

Nuda Veritas (1889)

After this incident he refused to take on any more public commissions. He decided to paint only for exhibitions and himself, he teamed up with other 'rebellious' artists and co-founded the Wiener Sezession, encouraging and inviting artists from neighbouring countries to exhibit their own unconventional artistry. Klimt continued to push the boundaries on natural female form and made his stand with the Nuda Veritas (1899), a nude red haired woman holding the mirror of truth with a quote above her head translating to "If you cannot please everyone with your deeds and your art, please only a few. To please many is bad" this attracted much attention and artists with a flair for the avant-garde. Later Klimt had his financial breakthrough with his 'Golden Phase', popular paintings associated with this include the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907) and The Kiss (1907-1908). Adorned with pattern and gold leaf these paintings are amongst his most popular and can still be seen today in the Belvedere Museum in Vienna, Austria.

The Kiss (1908)

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