Articles in the category writer, novelist, poet

Harold Blackham

(31 March 1903 – 23 January 2009) Harold John Blackham was a leading British humanist and writer on philosophical and historical subjects. Born on the 31st March, 1903, near Birmingham, Blackham studied literature and worked in farming and teaching before turning to philosophy and adult education. Though never a professional philosopher, he tutored adult education […]

E.M. Forster

(1 January 1879 – 7 June 1970) Edward Morgan Forster is one of the greatest of British twentieth-century novelists, his well known novels including A Passage to India, Howard’s End and A Room with a View. Forster called himself a humanist, and was President of the Cambridge Humanists from 1959 to his death. He was a […]

Percy Bysshe Shelley

(4 August 1792 – 8 July 1822) Percy Bysshe Shelley is considered one of the greatest of English poets. His writing had both great sensitivity and power. Though his life was short, he made a tremendous impact on the thinking of his time. He was a great humanitarian, and wanted dignity and freedom for everyone. Early years […]

Christopher Marlowe

(c. 26 February 1564 – 30 May 1593) Christopher Marlowe was an English dramatist, poet and translator of the Elizabethan era. 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.

Mary Wollstonecraft

(27 April 1759 – 10 September 1797) Mary Wollstonecraft was an eighteenth-century British writer, philosopher, and feminist. Wollstonecraft was a remarkable woman. In her thinking she was ahead of her time to an extraordinary degree. She lived in the eighteenth century when women’s lives were very restricted, but wrote in favour of women’s rights. She […]


(21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778) Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet) was a French writer of essays, plays, stories, poetry, history, science. Voltaire was much impressed by the toleration he saw on a visit to England, and campaigned for religious tolerance, constitutionalism, and judicial reform in France. Attributed to him are the famous words on […]

Aphra Behn

(10 July 1640 – 16 April 1689) Aphra Behn was, according to Virginia Woolf, the first English woman to earn her living as a writer. Orinooko Little is known about her life, but she was famous in her lifetime for her plays, poetry and fiction. Her short novel Orinooco is the story of an African […]

Peter Annet

Peter Annet was a freethinker writer – one of seven people listed in the Newgate Calendar as utterers of blasphemy and sedition. At the age of 68 in 1762 he was convicted at the King’s Bench, Westminster, of blasphemous remarks on the five books of Moses and sentenced to Newgate prison for one month, and […]

Douglas Adams

(11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) Douglas Adams was a well known writer and environmental activist.  He considered himself Richard Dawkins’ first convert and subsequently was a well known atheist. Adams was born in Cambridge in 1952, where he would also attend University, graduating with a BA in English Literature in 1974 from St. John’s […]

John M Robertson

(14 November 1856 – 5 January 1933) John Mackinnon Robertson was a journalist, secularist and Member of Parliament. Born on the Isle of Arran. He learnt journalism in Edinburgh but soon settled in London, and worked in the Secularist Movement, editing the National Reformer after the death of Charles Bradlaugh. He was MP for Tyneside […]