Honore de Balzac

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Balzac’s personal calling card.

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HONORE DE BALZAC (1799 – 1850)

French Author

Balzac was one of the most influential authors of the 19th Century. His major collection of interlinked novels and stories is known as The Human Comedy. He became known as the ‘French Dickens’, and was an influence on the writings of Charles Dickens, amongst many other significant authors.

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Kenneth Rexroth

Kenneth Rexroth
Rexroth’s business card as a columnist for the Examiner. He wrote columns for the newspaper between 1960-1967.

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KENNETH REXROTH (1905 – 1982)

American Poet

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.

Jerzy Kosinski

Jerzy Kosinski
Kosinski’s personal business card from the late 1970s.

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JERZY KOSINSKI (1933 – 1991)

Polish-American Author

Kosinski is known for his novels ‘The Painted Bird’, ‘Being There’ and ‘Steps’, which was awarded the National Book Award in 1969. Suffering multiple illnesses and accusations of plagiarism, he committed suicide at age 57.

Margaret Ayer Barnes

Margaret Ayer Barnes
Barnes’s calling card, using her husband’s name. It is also signed by her.

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MARGARET AYER BARNES (1886 – 1967)

American Author

Barnes won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1931 for her novel Years of Grace. She also became known for her play Dishonored Lady, which was published in 1930 and filmed in 1947.

Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe
Achebe’s business card at Brown University. He became a Professor here in 2009.

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CHINUA ACHEBE (1930 – 2013)

Nigerian Author

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.

Alan Sillitoe

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Sillitoe’s personal calling card, most likely from the 1970s.

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ALAN SILLITOE (1928 – 2010)

British Author

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’.

Hans Christian Andersen

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Andersen’s calling card. He was given the title ‘Councillor of State’ in 1867. The card has tape residue around the edge.

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HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN (1805 – 1875)

Danish Author

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.