Blish, James b. May 23, 1921 d. July 30, 1975 Author. He was born in East Orange, New Jersey. He is fondly remembered for his science fiction stories. In fact, he was the first author to write short story collections based upon the classic TV series Star Trek. In 1968, Blish emigrated to England, and lived in Oxford until his death. Among his works "Cities in Flight" (that include among others "They Shall Have Stars," "Earthman Come Home" and "A Clash of Cymbals,") "A Case of Conscience," "The Day After Judgment," "Fallen Star," "The Night...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) St Cross Churchyard, Holywell, City of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England Plot: Near the grave of Kenneth Grahame.
Grahame, Kenneth b. March 8, 1859 d. July 6, 1932 Author. Remembered for his children's classic, "The Wind in the Willows" (1908). Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, he was the third child of a lawyer from an old Scottish family. His father was an alcoholic, and when his mother died of scarlet fever, the children were raised by their maternal grandparents in the village of Cookham Dene, which later proved to be the setting of "The Wind in the Willows." After being educated at St. Edward's School in Oxford, Grahame began his career as a clerk for...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) St Cross Churchyard, Holywell, City of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England Plot: Southwest corner of churchyard near the wooden gate
Pater, Walter b. August 4, 1839 d. July 30, 1894 Author. He was born in Shadwell, England. He became interested in literature, beginning to write articles and criticisms. His essays on Leonardo da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli, Pico della Mirandola, and Michelangelo, were collected in his "Studies in the History of the Renaissance" in 1873. But, his more important book, "Marius the Epicurean" was published in 1885. There, he reflected his ideal of the aesthetic life and his cult of beauty. This principles of what would be known as the Aesthetic...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) St Cross Churchyard, Holywell, City of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Stainer, Sir. John b. June 6, 1840 d. March 31, 1901 Composer, Organist, Musicologist. An important English musician of the Victorian era, noted for his Anglican liturgical music. The oratorio "The Crucifixion" (1887) is considered his masterpiece and is still performed today. Its numbers "Cross of Jesus", "All for Jesus", and "God So Loved the World" have independent life as church anthems. Stainer was born in London, into a poor but music-loving family. A childhood accident left him blind in one eye and he pursued a varied musical career while...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) St Cross Churchyard, Holywell, City of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Tynan, Kenneth b. April 2, 1927 d. July 26, 1980 British theatre critic and author. Educated in Oxford, in 1952 he started working as a theatre critic for London newspapers. When Laurence Olivier became the Royal National Theatre's artistic director, he employed Tynan as a full-time literary manager. Tynan also tried performing on TV, attracting much attention by using the "f" word for the first time ever on television. This was the act that damaged his career. Tynan was fiercely against censorship and determined to break taboos, but his...[Read More] (Bio by: julia&keld) St Cross Churchyard, Holywell, City of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England