Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851) was an English writer. At 17 she fell for Percy Bysshe Shelley a political fan of her father William Godwin. Since Percy was already married they ran off and traveled through Europe. She is most famous for her Gothic novel Frankenstein. She got the idea during a storm while spending the […]

Georges Bizet

Georges Bizet, (1838-1875) was a French pianist and composer. A musical child prodigy his opera Carmen premiered right before his death in 1875 and is now performed all over the world. Illustration by Kathleen McGuinness. Visit her watercolor portraits. Georges Bizet T-shirts available on for only $19.95

Arthur Schopenhauer

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) was a German philosopher born in Poland. His best known work was The World as Will and Representation. He developed a pessimistic philosophy and believed in man having a will to live which he deemed was the cause of all suffering. He wrote about religious tolerance. Illustration by Kathleen McGuinness. Visit her […]

Baruch Spinoza

Baruch Spinoza born Benedito de Espinosa (1632-1677) was a Dutch philosopher. He initiated thought which brought about the Enlightenment including the modern way of viewing one self and the universe. He was one of the great rationalists of his time and a leading figure of the Dutch Golden Age. Illustration by Kathleen McGuinness. Visit her […]

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson was a revered American poet (1830-1886). Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, she was a member of a prominent family with strong ties to its community. She had a unique ability to distill meaning from the ordinary things in life. Dickinson lived much of her life alone. And later in life developed the habit of […]

Herman Melville

Herman Melville (1819-1891) was an American novelist, Renaissance poet and a short story writer. Moby Dick was his masterpiece. The duel between the a great white whale and Captain Ahab of the Pequod has been required reading for millions of school kids. Herman Melville was a seaman in his youth. He later turned to writing […]