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American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Book of a lifetime: The Song of Hiawatha, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Hiawatha was read to me before I could read. The eponymous protagonist of the long poem (his name means “He Makes Rivers”) is a Native American leader whose mother is called Wenonah and whose father is the West Wind. Hiawatha is a prophet, warrior, and peacemaker. In his spare time, he – accidentally, but most conveniently – discovers corn. On a different day, he invents the written word. The Song of Hiawatha is the kind of book I would have liked to write when I was a child and would like to be able to write now.

Imaginary world, harsh realities: Mozambique

Book review: The Tuner of Silences, By Mia Couto, trans. David Brookshaw

A story of family life amid conflict extends the range of one of Africa's most admired writers

Mike Gayle: 'My study used to be my youngest daughter's bedroom hence the bright pink walls'

One minute with: Mike Gayle, novelist

Where are you now and what can you see?

A chapter on writing erotic fiction is to feature in the 'Writers' & Artists' Yearbook' for the first time following the success of EL James' 'Fifty Shades of Grey' (pictured)

Fifty Shades of Grey inspires new chapter on erotic fiction in Bloomsbury Writers' and Artists' Yearbook

A well-established handbook for writers and artists is to include a chapter on writing erotic fiction for the first time.

Book of a lifetime: The Master and Margarita, By Mikhail Bulgakov

"Manuscripts don't burn…" In my early teens, hating my school, hating pretty much everything, I was kicking around the rectory kitchen of an aunt who'd drawn the short straw of looking after me for half term when she sighed heavily and stubbed out her cigarette. In the few seconds that elapsed before she lit another, she stamped across to a small bookcase. Pulling a tatty paperback from a shelf, she said, "Stalin's favourite playwright. Don't let that put you off."

Matheson in 2000: his writing career began at the age of eight

Richard Matheson: Acclaimed fantasy, sci-fi and horror writer

Richard Matheson's influence over film and fiction spanned generations. Stephen Spielberg's career was kick-started by Matheson's short story Duel. Stephen King cited him as his biggest influence and waxed particularly lyrical about his novel The Shrinking Man (1956). George A Romero was inspired to make his classic Zombie movie Night of the Living Dead by the way the vampires shambled about in the first film version of Matheson's best known novel, I Am Legend (1954).

A selected history of Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was one of the most-celebrated writers of the twentieth century, possessing a straightforward prose style, which often leaned towards understatement.

Invisible Ink: No 178 - The Vanishing Fantastics

What do the following names have in common? Winston Churchill, Raymond Chandler, John Lennon, Muriel Spark, JB Priestley, F Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Daphne Du Maurier, Noël Coward?

Carroll singer: the Welsh soprano Fflur Wyn is set to take the lead role in 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'

Why creating the perfect Alice is no tea party

Michael Volpe continues his monthly dispatch on staging a world premiere

A quiet book: Melvyn Bragg

Review: Grace and Mary, By Melvyn Bragg

Tender and moving, this novel about the loss of memory also reaffirms the value of the storyteller

America’s rise and fall: Occupy Wall Street protesers march through New York City in 2011

Review: The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, By George Packer

This rich collage of characters and events adds up to a devastating picture of a country in crisis

Best-selling author Iain Banks

Tributes paid to 'Wasp Factory' author Iain Banks after he dies from cancer: 'He's dead, I'm crying in an empty house'

Bestselling crime writer Ian Rankin has led tributes to his late friend Ian Banks, author of The Wasp Factory and The Crow Road, who died yesterday aged 59 just two months after announcing he had terminal cancer.

Boyd Tonkin: Those scary, monstrous feminazis - they still dare to run a book prize

A lot of Pinot Grigio has passed under the bridge since, at a small-scale and low-key event, I saw Helen Dunmore receive the inaugural Orange Prize for fiction in 1996. Dunmore, who won for the outstanding A Spell of Winter, goes from strength to strength.

Homes picked up the Women’s Prize for 'May We Be Forgiven'

Women's Prize for Fiction 2013: Hilary Mantel denied literary hat-trick as American author AM Homes takes the crown

Hilary Mantel has been denied a literary hat-trick, after American author AM Homes staged an upset to win the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Jack Vance: Celebrated author of fantasy and science fiction

Jack Vance was an author of science fiction and fantasy novels who wrote more than 60 books and many short stories during his long career. Vance viewed his task as a writer to be invisible to the reader, as he explained in his autobiography, "…the mark of good writing, in my opinion, is that the reader is not aware that the story has been written; as he reads, the ideas and images flow into his mind as if he were living them. The utmost accolade a writer can receive is that the reader is incognisant of his presence."

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