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Richardson, Samuel

(Encyclopedia) Richardson, Samuel, 1689–1761, English novelist, b. Derbyshire. When he was 50 and a prosperous printer, Richardson was asked to compose a guide to letter writing. The…

Christie, Dame Agatha

(Encyclopedia) Christie, Dame Agatha, 1890–1976, English detective story writer, b. Torquay, Devon, as Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller. Christie's second husband was the archaeologist…

letters

(Encyclopedia) letters, in literature, written messages, ranging from those addressed to the public and those sent from lover to lover, to business letters and thank-you notes. The…

Joseph Farwell Glidden Biography

Joseph Farwell Gliddeninventor of barbed wireBorn: 1/18/1813Birthplace: Charlestown, N.H. Glidden grew up on his father's farms in New Hampshire and (later) New York State. In 1837 he married…

Agatha Christie

Name at birth: Agatha May Clarissa MillerAgatha Christie was the world's most popular mystery author during a long career that stretched from the 1920s through the 1970s. She has sold more than two…

Jennifer Paterson Biography

Jennifer PatersonAge: 71 plump TV chef who co-starred in the humorous, high-cholesterol British cooking series Two Fat Ladies. Along with co-host Clarissa Dickson Wright, Paterson toured the…

Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins is the author of several novels for younger readers, including a best-selling trilogy that began with 2008's The Hunger Games. With a college background in theater and a graduate…

Brewer's: Harlowe

(Clarissa). The heroine of Richardson's novel of that name. In order to avoid a marriage urged upon her by her parents, she casts herself on the protection of a lover, who grossly abuses…

novel

(Encyclopedia) novel, in modern literary usage, a sustained work of prose fiction a volume or more in length. It is distinguished from the short story and the fictional sketch,…

Brewer's: Belford

A friend of Lovelace in Richardson's Clarissa Harlowe. These “friends” made a covenant to pardon every sort of liberty which they took with each other. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and…