(Complete list of November authors here.)

Featured Authors

Laurence Sterne, Irish novelist, Nov. 24, 1713 - March 18, 1768

Sterne in Cyberspace is a good introduction to Laurence Sterne, with links to full-text versions of his works, including Tristram Shandy. The Laurence Sterne Trust in Coxwold, York, UK, offers a timeline of his life. Besides his career as a novelist, Sterne was also vicar of Coxwold. An interesting fact about him: he was buried three times: once in the graveyard of St George’s, Hanover Square, London; next after having been disinterred for anatomists; and last, when his burying ground was developed and his skull and a femur were reburied outside the Coxwold church.

George Eliot, aka Mary Anne Evans, English novelist, 22 Nov. 1819 - 22 Dec. 1880

Born to an estate agent in Warwickshire, Evans became her father's housekeeper when he mother died. Although she was brought up with strict religious views, she became a freethinker, joining a circle of intellectuals that included Tennyson, Dickens, and Huxley. She adopted her nom de plume when she published 'Amos Barton,' a short story eventually collected in Scenes of Clerical Life (1858, 2 vols.). Her novel Adam Bede is discussed at The Victorian Web.

You might start with a biography of Evans/Eliot, then read The Mill on the Floss and Middlemarch in full-text version, and finish up with a look at the monument on George Eliot's grave

Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish author, Nov. 13, 1850 - December 3, 1894

Stevenson suffered from serious bronchial issues most of his life and spent many years searching for the right place to live, the one that would be best for his health, eventually ending up in Samoa, where he died at age 44. 

There's the RL Stevenson Home Page, with life and works outline, a huge collection of links to e-texts, bibliographies, events, library collections list, links, association and clubs, and images; and Bibliomania offers full texts for five Stevenson novels, including Kidnapped, Treasure Island, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as well as a short biography.

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