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Daniel Defoe

Trader

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) was an English trader and writer. Defoe is best known for writing Robinson Crusoe; this book is so popular that it is the second most translated book (after the Bible). His other important works were Memoirs of a Cavalier, A Journal of the Plague Year, Colonel Jack, Moll Flanders and Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress. 

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Daphne du Maurier

Author

Daphne du Maurier (1907-1989) was an English author and playwright whose most famous novels include Rebecca, Jamaica Inn and 

Frenchman's Creek. Moreover, both her short story, The Birds, and her novel, Rebecca, were made into films directed by Alfred Hitchcock. 

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D. H. Lawrence

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The English writer and poet, David Herbert Lawrence (1885-1930), was a very influential and prolific writer of his time. He wrote novels, short stories, poetry, plays and literary criticism. Some of his best-known works include Sons and Lovers, The Rainbow, Women in Love, John Thomas and Lady Jane and Lady Chatterley's Lover. 

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Dorothy L. Sayers

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As well as translating Dante’s 14th century narrative poem, Divine Comedy, the English writer and poet, Dorothy Leigh Sayers (1893-1957), was best regarded for her crime novels and poetry. Her most acclaimed works include, The Nine Tailors, Murder Must Advertise, Strong Poison, Have His Carcase and Gaudy Night.

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Douglas Adams

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Douglas Adams (1952-2001) was an English author famed for the pentalogy, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which sold more than fifteen million copies as a novel (although it was originally broadcast as a radio show). Some of his other well-known works were Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (which was made into a Netflix Series), The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul and Last Chance to See.  

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Dylan Thomas

Poet

Although he died young at the age of thirty-nine, the Welsh poet, writer and reporter, Dylan Marlais Thomas (1914-1953), was a very successful poet. Some of his best works include And Death Shall Have No Dominion, A Child’s Christmas in Wales and Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night. The last of these was narrated throughout Chris Nolan’s blockbuster film, Interstellar, showing the power evoked in Thomas’ work.

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