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Old English & Late Medieval Periods
Early Modern Period
Essayists, Critics & Reformers
Period of mid- and late- 19th century in England, covering the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1901. This period was one of..
Genre of novel or short story in which a mystery is solved mainly by the action of a professional or amateur detective...
Genre of fictional prose narrative set in the past. Literature set in the historic rather than the immediate past has always abounded,
Or mystery story, literary genre in which the cause (or causes) of a mysterious happening, often a crime, is gradually revealed by the hero or heroine...
Imaginative literary form, particularly suitable for describing emotions and thoughts. Poetry is highly ‘compressed’ writing..
In literature, tales of love and chivalric adventure, in verse or prose, that became popular in France about 1200 and spread throughout Europe...
Literary genre in which a background of science or pseudoscience is an integral part of the story. Although science fiction is a form of fantastic literature...
Short work of prose fiction, usually consisting of between 500 and 10,000 words...
Brontë, Anne (1820 - 1849)
Anne Brontë was the youngest of the famous trio of literary sisters...
Brontë, Charlotte (1816 - 1855)
English novelist and member of the Brontë family. Her most famous novels are Jane Eyre (1847) and Villette (1853).
Butler, Samuel (1835 - 1902)
English author. He was the son and grandson of eminent clergymen...
Carroll, Lewis Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832 - 1898)
pen-name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, an English author of the children's classics Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and its...
Collins, [William] Wilkie (1824-1889)
Say “Wilkie Collins” to a late Victorian reader of fiction and he or she (Collins appealed to both) would have fired back two words: “sensation” and “bohemian.”
Conrad, Joseph (1857 - 1924)
Pen-name of Teodor Józef Konrad Nałȩcz Korzeniowski, a British novelist, born in Ukraine...
Dickens, Charles (1812 - 1870)
English author, b. Portsmouth, one of the world's most popular, prolific...
Disraeli, Benjamin (1804 - 1881)
British Conservative politician and novelist. Authored the novel trilogy Coningsby, Sybil, and Tancred (1847).
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan (1859 - 1930)
Writer, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, born in Edinburgh, EC Scotland, UK. He studied medicine at Edinburgh, but poverty...
Gaskell, Elizabeth (1810 - 1865)
born Elizabeth Cleghorn Stevenson [article] English novelist. Her most popular book, Cranford (1853)...
Hardy, Thomas (1840 - 1928)
English novelist and poet, b. near Dorchester, one of the great English writers of the 19th cent...
Kingsley, Charles (1819 - 1875)
Kingsley was born on 12 June 1819 at Holne Vicarage, Devonshire...
Meredith, George (1828 - 1909)
English novelist and poet. His realistic psychological novel The Ordeal of Richard Feverel (1859) engendered both scandal and...
Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850 - 1894)
Writer, born in Edinburgh, EC Scotland, UK. He studied at Edinburgh, became a lawyer (1875), then turned to writing travel...
Thackeray, William Makepeace (1811 - 1863)
He is important not only as a great novelist but also as a brilliant satirist...
Trollope, Anthony (1815 - 1882)
1815–82, one of the great English novelists...
Essayists, Critics & Reformers
Carlyle, Thomas (1795-1881)
British historian and essayist whose works, such as The French Revolution (1837), are characterized by
Darwin, Charles 1809-1882
English naturalist whose scientific theory of evolution by natural selection became the foundation of modern evolutionary studies.
Jefferies, (John) Richard (1848 - 1887)
English naturalist and writer. His books on the countryside include Gamekeeper at Home...
Manning, Henry Edward (1808 - 1892)
English churchman, cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. Early Life and Anglican Churchman Manning was born of a Low Church...
Mill, John Stuart (1806 - 1873)
British philosopher and economist known especially for his interpretations of empiricism and utilitarianism...
Morris, William (1834 - 1896)
English poet, designer, craftsman, and socialist writer. He founded the Kelmscott Press (1890).
Newman, John Henry (1801 - 1890)
English churchman, cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, one of the founders of the Oxford movement...
Ruskin, John (1819 - 1900)
English art critic and social reformer....
Stephen, Sir Leslie (1832-1904)
English author and critic. The first serious critic of the novel, he was also editor of the great Dictionary of National Biography...
Arnold, Matthew (1822 - 1888)
English poet and critic...
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett (1806 - 1861)
During her lifetime Elizabeth Barrett Browning was widely regarded as England's greatest woman poet...
Browning, Robert (1812 - 1889)
English poet. His remarkably broad and sound education was primarily...
Eliot, George (1819 - 1880)
Mary Ann Evans, known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era.
Gilbert, Sir William Schwenck (1836 - 1911)
1836–1911, English playwright and poet. He won fame as the librettist of numerous popular operettas, written in collaboration with the composer...
Hopkins, Gerard Manley (1844 - 1889)
English poet, educated at Oxford.
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel (1828 - 1882)
English poet and painter; son of Gabriele Rossetti and brother of Christina Rossetti. He was one of the founders of the ...
Swinburne, Algernon Charles (1837 - 1909)
1837–1909, English poet and critic. His poetry is noted for its vitality and for the music of its language. After attending Eton (1849–53) and...
Tennyson, Alfred Lord (1809 - 1892)
He was poet laureate 1850-92. His verse has a majestic, musical quality, and few poets have...
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