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Ursula K. Le Guin

Name at birth: Ursula KroeberAmerican author Ursula K. Le Guin was one of the more lauded science fiction authors of the 20th century, the author of The Earthsea Trilogy and The Left Hand of Darkness.…

Sir Alec Guinness

Name at birth: Alec Guinness de CuffeAn Oscar-winner in 1958 and knighted in 1959, Alec Guinness became one of the most celebrated actors of the 20th century. He is known to modern audiences as the ma…

John Le Carré

Name at birth: David John Moore CornwellJohn Le Carré is the nom de plume of David Cornwell, an English author of literary spy novels with labyrinthine plots and an air of disillusionment. While in t…

Le Roi le Veut

(French, The king wills it.) The form of royal assent made by the clerk of parliament to bills submitted to the Crown. The dissent is expressed by Le roi s'avisera (the king will give it hi…

Sir Alec Guinness 2000 Deaths

Sir Alec GuinnessAge: 86 versatile British stage, television, and film actor known for his gifts of mimicry and characterization. His broad range of performances, widely hailed as flawless and…

B. K. S

The name of “residence” given by officers in mufti, who do not wish to give up their address. The word stands for BarracKS. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham B…

Philip K. Dick

Philip Kindred Dick was a prolific science fiction author who ditched bug-eyed monsters and spacemen to explore the nature of reality and paranoia on a cosmic scale. In spite of winning a Hugo Award f…

Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith is the 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States and a professor of creative writing at Princeton University. Born in Massachusetts but raised in central California, Smith graduated from…

Georgi K. Zhukov

Name at birth: Georgi Konstantinovich ZhukovKnown for his tactical and strategical abilities, Georgi K. Zhukov was the most outstanding Russian commander during World War II. Born a peasant, Zhukov s…