Albert Camus

Life Early years Albert Camus was born on 7 November 1913 in Dréan (then known as Mondovi) in French Algeria.[7] His mother was of Spanish descent and could only hear out of her left ear.[8] His father, Lucien, a poor… >>

Pablo Neruda

Life and career Neruda as a young man Early years Pablo Neruda was born on July 12, 1904, in Parral, Chile, a city in Linares Province in the Maule Region, some 350 km south of Santiago,[8] to José del Carmen… >>

Jean-Paul Sartre

Biography Early life Jean-Paul Sartre was born in Paris as the only child of Jean-Baptiste Sartre, an officer of the French Navy, and Anne-Marie Schweitzer.[9] His mother was of Alsatian origin and the first cousin of Nobel Prize laureate Albert… >>

Odysseas Elytis

Biography Descendant of the Alepoudelis, an old industrial family from Lesbos, Elytis was born in Heraklion on the island of Crete, on 2 November 1911. His family later moved to Athens, where the poet graduated from high school and later… >>

Nikos Kazantzakis

Biography Nikos Kazantzakis When Kazantzakis was born in 1883 in Heraklion, Crete had not yet joined the modern Greek state, (which had been established in 1832) and was still under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. From 1902 to 1906… >>

Milan Kundera

Biography Kundera was born in 1929 at Purkyňova ulice, 6 (6 Purkyně Street) in Brno, Czechoslovakia, to a middle-class family. His father, Ludvík Kundera (1891–1971) was an important Czech musicologist and pianist who served as the head of the Janáček… >>