Rexroth was an influential poet and activist from the 1930s through the 1960s. Part of the counterculture, he was known as the ‘Father of the Beats’, and befriended those such as Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Achebe is considered the Father of African literature. His 1958 novel ‘Things Fall Apart’ is regarded as the most famous African novel written in English. He became a Professor of Literature and Africana studies when he moved to the United States in the 1990s.
Sillitoe was part of the ‘Angry Young Men’ group of writers who emerged in 1950s, alongside writers like Kingsley Amis and John Osborne. He is principally known for two of his early works, ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’ and ‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner’.
Andersen is one of the most widely read authors in the world. He is chiefly remembered for his fairy tales which include The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and Thumbelina.
Clarke was one of the giants of 20th Century Science Fiction. He wrote the screenplay and novel of 2001: A Space Odyssey in collaboration with Stanley Kubrick, as well as the Rendezvous with Rama series. He was also a noted populariser of science.
Weiss was a part of the European women’s suffrage movement during the 1930s, and later active in the French Resistance during the Second World War. She was elected as a member of the European Parliament in 1979, and the main building of the Parliament is named after her.