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A. D. Godley

A. D. Godley  

(1856–1925),British poet and classicist, born in Co. Leitrim, educated at Balliol College, Oxford; he became a fellow and tutor of Magdalen College. In 1910 he was appointed public orator ...
A. G. MacDonell

A. G. MacDonell  

(1895–1941) British novelistEngland, Their England (1933) FictionThe Shakespeare Murders [as ‘Neil Gordon’] (1933) FictionEngland, Their England (1933) FictionThe Shakespeare Murders [as ‘Neil ...
A. J. A. Symons

A. J. A. Symons  

(1900–41),bibliographer, bibliophile, dandy, and epicure, who became an authority on the literature of the 1890s and published An Anthology of ‘Nineties’ Verse in 1928. He wrote several biographies, ...
A. J. Cronin

A. J. Cronin  

(1896–1981),practised as a doctor for some years before devoting himself to an extremely successful career as a middle‐brow novelist. His best‐known novels (e.g. The Stars Look Down, 1935; The ...
A. J. Seymour

A. J. Seymour  

(1914–90),Guyanese poet and civil servant, born in British Guiana (now Guyana), educated at Queen's College. He was deputy chairman of the Department of Culture, editor of the influential literary ...
A. L. Barker

A. L. Barker  

(1918– ),British short-story writer and novelist, born in Kent. Her first highly praised collection of stories, The Innocents (1948), was followed by a novel, Apology for a Hero (1950). Further ...
A. L. Hendriks

A. L. Hendriks  

(1922– ),Jamaican poet, born in Kingston, Jamaica, educated at Jamaica College and Ottershaw College, Surrey. After working as General Manager of the Jamaica Broadcasting Company he became a ...
Aaron's Rod

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a novel by D. H. Lawrence, published in 1922. Aaron Sisson, a checkweighman in a Nottinghamshire colliery, and amateur piccolo player, suddenly leaves his wife and children on Christmas ... More
Aaron's Rod

Aaron's Rod  

A novel by D. H. Lawrence, published 1922.The biblical Aaron was the brother of Moses, appointed priest by Jehovah, whose blossoming rod (Num. 17: 4–8) was a miraculous symbol of authority. In the ...
Abbensetts, Michael

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(1938– ), Guyanese play-wright, born in British Guyana, educated there and in Quebec and Montreal. His plays offer a view of black immigrant life in Britain and present difficult ... More
Abbey Theatre, The

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the home of the Irish National Theatre Society, named after Abbey Street in Dublin, where its permanent theatre was established in ...

Abbott, J. H. M.

Abbott, J. H. M. (1874–1953)   Reference library

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(1874–1953) married (1926) Katherina Wallace.

Born at Haydonton, New South Wales, into an influential family,

Abercrombie, Lascelles

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(1881–1938), British poet, dramatist, and critic, born in Ashton-under-Mersey, Cheshire, educated at Victoria University, Manchester. Having distinguished himself as a literary ... More
Abish, Walter

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(1931– ), American novelist and short-story writer, born in Vienna; he grew up in China and Israel before settling in the USA. He has worked as a lecturer and teacher in a ... More
Abraham Cahan

Abraham Cahan  

(1860–1951),who came to the U.S. from Russia (1882), was long the editor of the Jewish Daily Forward. Besides works in Yiddish he wrote realistic fiction in English, including Yekl, a Tale of the New ...
Abrahams, Peter

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(1919– ),

South African novelist and journalist, born in Vredetorp, Johannesburg, and largely self-taught. His first work, a collection of short stories, ...

Absalom, Absalom!

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a novel by William Faulkner, published in 1936. The story, which centres on the rise and fall of Thomas Sutpen, begins in ...

Abse, Dannie

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(1923– ), British poet, born of a Welsh-Jewish family in Cardiff, where he attended the Welsh National School of Medicine before studying in London at King's College and ... More
Absurd, Theatre of the

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was a term pioneered by the British critic Martin Esslin and used to characterize the work of certain key playwrights in the 1950s and 1960s. Though its roots may be traced back as far as ... More
Absurd Person Singular

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a play by Alan Ayckbourn, first performed in 1972; it well exemplifies its author's technical adventurousness and the moral seriousness he brings to comedy. Each of the three acts is set ... More

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