Articles in the category writer, novelist, poet

Jacob Bronowski

(18 January 1908 – 22 August 1974) Jacob Bronowski was a humanist, polymath and all round Renaissance man. He was born in Poland in 1908 to Jewish parents who moved to Germany during the first World War and then on to England in 1920. Bronowski won a scholarship to study Mathematics at Cambridge but was […]

Joseph McCabe

(12 November 1867 – 10 January 1955) Joseph Martin McCabe was born at 14 Chestergate, Macclesfield, Cheshire, but his family moved to Manchester, near Gorton Monastery, while he was a child. He trained there as a Franciscan Friar from the age of 15. Father Antony His novitiate year took place in Killarney, after which he was moved to St […]

Gustav Spiller

(1864 – 1940) Gustav Spiller was a member of the Ethical Societies that preceded the modern Humanist movement. He wrote a number of secular hymns and books including a history of these Societies, and on psychology. Spiller was a Jew born in Budapest, Hungary but later naturalised as English. By the late 1880’s Spiller worked for the Labour […]


(99-55 BCE) Titus Lucretius Carus was a Roman poet contemporary of Julius Caesar. Little is known of him apart from his name and his poem De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things) which nevertheless reveals much about his beliefs and his character. The main purpose of the work was to free Gaius Memmius (to […]


Johanna Mary [Hanna] Sheehy-Skeffington, (1877-1946) Francis Sheehy-Skeffington (1878–1916) Owen Lancelot Sheehy-Skeffington (1909-1970) The Sheehy-Skeffingtons – the feminist and Irish nationalist Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington, her husband, the pacifist, suffragist and writer, Francis, and their son, Owen, a founder member of the Humanist Association or Ireland – were notable Irish atheists. Hanna and Francis Born into the Roman […]

William Morris

(24 March 1834 – 3 October 1896) William Morris was an English textile designer, artist, writer, and socialist. Morris was educated at Exeter College, Oxford, where he developed an interest in art and the Middle Ages and became friends with artists such as Burne-Jones. He read a great deal of theology and ecclesiastical history. He was […]

Algernon Charles Swinburne

(1837–1909) Algernon Charles Swinburne was a controversial English poet. Sorry, this article hasn’t been completed yet. Would you like to write it for us? Humanist Heritage relies on contributions from users so if you’re interested in helping us please drop us a line. Also see… Portraits of Swinburne at the National Portrait Gallery

Olaf Stapledon

(10 May, 1886 – 6 September, 1950) William Olaf Stapledon was a British philosopher and author of several influential works of science fiction. Stapledon was born in Seacombe, Wallasey and educated at Abbotsholme School and Balliol College, Oxford, where he acquired a BA in Modern History in 1909 and a MA in 1913. During World War […]

Joseph Conrad

(3 December 1857 – 3 August 1924) Joseph Conrad has been called one of the greatest writers of the English novel. Yet English was not his first language. He was born in the Ukraine into a Polish family and learned English only later in life. He disliked the narrowness of his upbringing, particularly his father’s […]

Viscount Morley

(24 December, 1838 – 23 September, 1923) John Morley, 1st Viscount Morley of Blackburn OM, PC was was Liberal Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne 1883 – 1895 and later Montrose Burghs. Sorry, this article hasn’t been completed yet. Would you like to write it for us? Humanist Heritage relies on contributions from users so […]