Alexander Pope (21 May 1688 – 30 May 1744) is considered to be the leading 18th century English poet. He is best remembered for his satirical verses and for his translation of Homer. Pope is always remembered for his use of heroic couplet. Born to a linen merchant, he formed a group named Scriblerus club along with his friends and Tory writers such as John Gay, Jonathan Swift, Thomas Parnell and John Arbuthnot in the year 1711. The aim of the club was to satirise ignorance and the display of useless knowledge in the form of the fictional scholar Martinus Scriblerus.
The Rape of the Lock and Windsor Forest are his considered to be his best works. Besides he also authored several essays on criticism.
Pope is the third-most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.
Janet Dailey (born May 21, 1944) is a popular American romance novelist. Her novels have been translated into nineteen languages and have sold over 300 million copies worldwide. She has written 57 novels for Harlequin. It is said that she used to complete some of the novels for Harlequin in just eight days. She has initiated the Janet Dailey award worth $ 5000 annual award to be given to an author whose romance novel best addressed a social issue.