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(1564—1616) playwright and poet

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A. S. Byatt

A. S. Byatt  

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(1936– )Novelist and critic, born in Sheffield, and educated at the Mount School, York, and Newnham College, Cambridge. Her first novel, Shadow of a Sun (1964), describes a woman attempting ...
A. W. Pollard

A. W. Pollard  

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(1859–1944),keeper of the Department of Printed Books at the British Museum, 1919–24. He edited several volumes of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1886–7) and the ‘Globe’ Chaucer (1898), published other ...
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adaptation  

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The process of making a work of art upon the basis of elements provided by an earlier work in a different, usually literary, medium; also the secondary work thus produced. Literary works have been ...
Aemilia Lanyer

Aemilia Lanyer  

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Aemilia Bassano Lanyer (1569–1645) published one volume of verse, Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum (Hail God, King of the Jews, 1611), notable for its variety, quality, and protofeminist stance. Lanyer may ...
Aleksandr Ostrovsky

Aleksandr Ostrovsky  

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(1823–86)Widely acknowledged as Russia's greatest playwright, he was also the most prolific, producing 47 original dramas and 22 translations of foreign plays. Comparatively unknown in the West, his ...
Alessandro Pepoli, Count

Alessandro Pepoli, Count  

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(1752–96).Venetian dramatist. A self-styled champion of liberty, he systematically sought to outdo Alfieri in his numerous tragedies—often on subjects Alfieri had already treated—and in his ...
Alexander Pushkin

Alexander Pushkin  

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(1799–1837),Russia's greatest poet, whose works include lyric poems, Byronic verse narratives, prose stories, historical dramas, and the great political poem The Bronze Horseman (1833). His novel in ...
All the Year Round

All the Year Round  

A weekly magazine (1859–93) of serial fiction, essays, poetry, topical journalism, and information which Dickens published and edited from 30 April 1859 (seeserial literature; publishing). ...
Alleyn, Roderick

Alleyn, Roderick  

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Inspector (later Superintendent) Roderick Alleyn is almost the victim of his own elegance, entering Ngaio Marsh's first detective novel in 1934 as tall, handsome, well dressed, and well connected: ...
All's Well that Ends Well

All's Well that Ends Well  

A comedy by Shakespeare, first printed in the First Folio of 1623. Its close affinity to Measure for Measure suggests that it was written 1604–5. Both plays are generally classified as ...

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