Margaret Atwood was born on November 18, 1939, in Ottawa, Ontario. She has a wide range of published works. She writes poems, novels, essays, and even had other forms of showing her work. What makes her stand out in my opinion is that she does not focus on one type of writing. She has a selection of works and not only focuses on one age group. Atwood has also published some children's books. Due to her great work, she is known as an award winning Canadian poet, writer as well as an essayist. Other than the Penelopiad, some of her other popular and award winning books are known as "The Handmaid's tail," and "cats eye." You can find more information about her and her published works here. Additionally, this website includes other information about her and some of her earlier life.
Circe is a book written by Madeline Miller, it is a retelling of the myth of the sorceress Circe. This book is about Circe who is seen as less beautiful and isn't like her siblings, Pasiphae and Perses, or anyone else so she is disliked by multiple gods. She has a power of witchcraft and she can turn her rivals into monsters and threaten the gods. Circe is banished on an island because of her strange powers for quite some time. During this time she navigates through love, loss and motherhood.
A short overview along with more information about the book is linked here.
Madeline Miller grew up in New York City as well as Philadelphia. She earned a BA and MA in Classics. She had a teaching and tutoring job of latin, greek, and Shakespeare. The Song Of Achilles was her first novel followed by Circe where she got New York Times Bestseller for both as well as other prizes and recognition for work.
The novel, The Lost Books Of The Odyssey is basically a retelling of Odysseus's long journey back home from Troy to Ithaca. It includes a flashback of the Trojan war as well. As the novel goes on, you can tell there are multiple points of view. The novel changes from being in first person to third person which leaves the reader wondering what the point of changing view points is. This website included here contains a brief overall review about the book itself and gives the general feel for what this novel talks about.
As previously stated, Zachary Mason is the author of this book. He wrote this book as one of his first ones when he was getting started into writing. There are a variety of these books and Masons wrote one to them. This link can give further information about the book The Odyssey. The book was a best time seller in New York. Zachary Mason was born the year of 1974 and was actually a computer scientist and novelist.
Colm Tóibín, was born in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland on May 30, 1955. Before becoming a journalist and travel writer, he was an English teacher while living in Barcelona in 1975-1978. He is the author of House of Names which focuses mostly on Clytemnestra and Greek mythology. Tóibín was considered a very busy person. It all started in 1990 when he published his first novel at the age of 35. Since that time, he published an additional eleven books, three reported books, other collections of essays and much more.
Down below are websites where you can find further information on the novel of House of Names and he writer Colm Tóibín. In addition, this website not only gives a brief biography of the writer, it also gives details about the novels he wrote in other areas of the website.
The author, Christa Wolf was born on March 18,1929 in Landsberg an der Warthe, Germany. She was a German novelist, essayist, and screenwriter. It was not until after 1962 where she became a full-time writer. One of Wolf’s first novels were Moskauer Novelle (Moscow Novella), Der geteilite Himmel (Divided Heaven) along with many other novels shortly after.
Christa Wolf published Cassandra in 1983 which is a retelling of the Trojan war as well as other important events during that time which are told from the character Cassandra. This novel was considered a more intense and serious piece of hers. There are many brief summaries that give a general idea about the story.
In the link provided, more information about the writer which as we can see she was very influential not only as a writer but to her community as well. Her work is also mentioned along with a general idea of what that novel was about. Most of her stories are related to what was going on in her time and how it also related to her life.