Guide to Authors A - C

AESOP (c. 620-546 BCE) was an Ancient Greek storyteller to whom many fables are attributed.

Featured in The Sun.

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT (1832-1888) was an American writer best known for her novel Little Women. The characters of the March family were inspired by Alcott's own family.

Featured in Books and School and Summer Fun.

WILLIAM ALLINGAM (1824-1889) was an Irish poet. His poem "The Faeries" is his most famous work, and has been reprinted many times in anthologies for both children and adults.

Featured in Feathered Friends and Summer Fun.

JANE AUSTEN (1775-1817) was an English novelist. Her novels such as Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma have remained extraordinarily popular from their publication through the present.

Featured in The English Regency.

HENRY BESTON (1888-1968) was an American writer. He is best known for his 1928 book The Outermost House, about living on the beach at Cape Cod.

Featured in Dreams.

MATHILDE BLIND (1841-1896) was a German-English poet. She was born in Germany, moved with her family to England as a child, and traveled extensively in Switzerland, Italy, and Egypt.

Featured in Spring Showers.

THORNTON W. BURGESS (1874-1965) was an American writer. All of his works reflect his love of nature, which he also demonstrated in his lifelong efforts to conserve land and protect wildlife.

Featured in Night Creatures.

GEORGE GORDON, LORD BYRON (1788-1824) was an English poet. He was one of the most prominent writers of Romantic poetry along with John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley, and died at the age of 36 of a fever while fighting in the Greek War of Independence.

Featured in The English Regency.

MIGEUL DE CERVANTES (1547-1616) was a Spanish writer. He is best-known for his novel Don Quixote, the idea for which occurred to him while he was imprisoned for debt.

Featured in Knights and Ladies.

FRANCIS P. CHURCH (1839-1906) was an American journalist. His brother owned the newspaper The New York Sun, where Church's famous editorial "Is There a Santa Claus?" was published.

Featured in A Visit from St. Nicholas.

MARC COOK (c. 1853-1882) was an American poet and journalist. His poetry was attributed to his pseudonym, Vandyke Brown, until a friend had the poems anthologized after Cook's death.

Featured in The Theater.

JOSEPH SEAMON COTTER, JR. (1895-1919) was an American writer. He died young of tuberculosis, and his father (who was also a poet) brought attention to his work after his death.

Featured in Spring Showers.