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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
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
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
Achebe, Chinua

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(1930– ),

Nigerian novelist, poet, and critic, born in Ogidi, Eastern Nigeria, educated at the University College of Ibadan. Before the Nigerian Civil War (...

Acker, Kathy

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(1947–1997), American dramatist, novelist, and poet, born in New York, educated at the Universities of Brandies and California. In her narratives, documentary accounts of ... More
Ackerley, J. R.

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(1896–1967),

British novelist, memoirist, and belletrist, born in London, educated at Cambridge University. As literary editor of The Listener...

Ackland, Rodney

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(1908–90), British dramatist, born in Westcliffe-on-Sea, educated at Balham Grammar School and the Central School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art. He worked as an actor while ... More
Ackroyd, Peter

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(1949– ), British novelist, poet, biographer, and literary critic, born in London, educated at Clare College, Cambridge, and Yale. London is a touchstone as much as a setting for ... More
Ackworth, John

Ackworth, John (1845–?1919)   Reference library

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(1845–?1919).

A Methodist minister, he chronicled the dreary existence of the workers in Lancashire's mills. Clog Shop Chronicles

Acosta, Oscar

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(1935–74?), Chicano writer, born in El Paso, Texas. Acosta was a controversial figure whose narratives focused on ethnicity and the cultural history of the Chicano people. Also a ... More
Actions and Reactions

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Rudyard Kipling, 1909, Macmillan.

A collection of eight stories and poems more notable for their variety of

Acton, Sir Harold

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(1904–94),

British art historian, poet, and aesthete, born in Florence, educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. His early volume of poems ...

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