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Aug 11 2004

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl is best known for his cheerfully creepy children's classics, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches an...

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Sep 7 2006

Pamela Dean

Pamela Dean’s 1991 fantasy novel Tam Lin has recently been reprinted by Firebrand Books. Tam Lin is a creepy retelling of an even creepier old ballad, set in a college in the 1970s, and starring ...

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Nov 29 2004

Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick was a pretty messed up guy- he was married multiple times, struggled with poorly diagnosed mental illness for much of his life, and never approached the success of fellow writers Fr...

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Sep 16 2004

Charles Dickens

If your only experience with Charles Dickens's books is reading A Tale of Two Cities for your high school literature class, you aren't doing him justice. I am sorry to say that after that truly e...

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Mar 12 2006

Franklin W. Dixon

Franklin W. Dixon is the pen name used by the series of authors who have produced the various Hardy Boys books. The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, the Bobbsey Twins, and Tom Swift were all the creations...

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Nov 5 2007

Michael Dobbs

Michael Dobbs has been a corporate executive, a political adviser, an academic, and an author. His historical novel Never Surrender, a fictionalized account of Winston Churchill's experience at t...

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Dec 31 2004

Cameron Dokey

Cameron Dokey is yet another author of re-told fairy tales. (Pretty soon we're going to need a special icon for just for those, aren't we?) I've read more imaginative and richly characterized ex...

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Feb 13 2005

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Scottish author, physician, and Spiritualism expert, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is best remembered as the creator of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Although one might quibble over the true literary "ge...

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Aug 14 2004

Wendelin Van Draanen

Once, during a long-ago NPR interview, I listened to an Amazon.com employee blithely recommending Wendelin Van Draanen's Sammy Keyes mysteries to the parent of a five-year-old. Um… no. (Unless y...

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Nov 25 2005

Diane Duane

Diane Duane is the author of the Young Wizards books, a series that has been in print for more than twenty years and, like most YA fantasy, has recently seen a Harry Potter-inspired upsurge in sal...

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May 14 2006

Alexandre Dumas

Playwright and novelist Alexandre Dumas is so irrevocably linked in my mind with images of pre-Revolutionary France that it’s always a shock to remember that he actually wrote his books in the mid...

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Mar 21 2006

Christopher Durang

Playwright Christopher Durang is best known for his award-winning black comedy Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You. I admit, I find large doses of Durang to be rather grating—the man is ...

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Sep 9 2008

David Anthony Durham

David Anthony Durham is a well-known historical novelist whose debut fantasy, 2007’s Acacia, is one of our Featured Book picks. Mr. Durham lives in California with his family, and teaches in the ...

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