April 21

Charlotte Brontë, married name Mrs. Arthur Bell Nicholls, pseudonym Currer Bell, born: April 21, 1816, Thornton, Yorkshire, England—died March 31, 1855, Haworth, Yorkshire

English novelist noted for Jane Eyre (1847), a strong narrative of a woman in conflict with her natural desires and social condition. The novel gave new truthfulness to Victorian fiction. She later wrote Shirley (1849) and Villette (1853).

April 15

Leonardo da Vinci, (Italian: “Leonardo from Vinci”) born: April 15, 1452, Anchiano, near Vinci, Republic of Florence - died May 2, 1519, Cloux, France

Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer whose skill and intelligence, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. His Last Supper (1495–98) and Mona Lisa (c. 1503–19) are among the most widely popular and influential paintings of the Renaissance. 

His inventions and designs included flying machines, a tank, concentrated solar power, an adding machine, the double hull and a theory of plate tectonics.

Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

This bestseller brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography that is “a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it…Most important, it is a powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life” (The New Yorker).

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April 15

Emma Thompson, in full Dame Emma Thompson, born: April 15, 1959, London, England

English actress and screenwriter, noted for her sophisticated and witty performances and later for her award-winning scripts.

She is one of Britain's most acclaimed actresses and is the recipient of numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, two British Academy Film Awards, a British Academy Television Award and two Golden Globe Awards.

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April 13

Samuel Beckett, in full Samuel Barclay Beckett, born: April 13, 1906, Foxrock, County Dublin, Ireland—died December 22, 1989, Paris, France

Author, critic, and playwright, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. He wrote in both French and English and is perhaps best known for his plays, especially En attendant Godot (1952; Waiting for Godot).

"Waiting for Godot" has become one of the most important and enigmatic plays of the past 50 years and a cornerstone of 20th-century drama. The story revolves around two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone--or something--named Godot. The result is a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes, and nonsense, which has been interpreted as mankind's inexhaustible search for meaning.

Waiting for Godot

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April 7

Russell Crowe, in full Russell Ira Crowe, born: April 7, 1964, Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand-born Australian actor known for his commitment, intensity, and ruggedly handsome good looks. Came to international attention for his role as the Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius in the 2000 historical epic film "Gladiator" for which Crowe won an Academy Award for Best Actor. His portrayal of mathematician and Nobel Prize winner John F. Nash in the biopic "A Beautiful Mind" also brought him numerous awards.

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Russell Crowe - The Biography by Martin Howden

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April 6

Raphael, Italian in full Raffaello Sanzio or Raffaello Santi, born: April 6, 1483, Urbino —died April 6, 1520, Rome

Master painter and architect of the Italian High Renaissance. As a master artist of the High Renaissance, Raphael is best known for his "Madonnas" and for his large body of work in the Vatican in Rome, including one of his best known works 'The School of Athens'.

His work is admired for its clarity of form and ease of composition and for its visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur.

Raphael: A Passionate Life by Antonio Forcellino

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April 2

Hans Christian Andersen, born: April 2, 1805, Odense, near Copenhagen, Denmark—died August 4, 1875, Copenhagen

Danish master of the literary fairy tale whose stories achieved wide renown. He is also the author of plays, novels, poems, travel books, and several autobiographies. While many of those works are almost unknown outside Denmark, his fairy tales are among the most frequently translated works in all of literary history.

The Complete Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

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