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T. S. Eliot

(1888—1965) poet, critic, and publisher

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Adam International Review

Adam International Review  

A literary quarterly published in London since 1941. (Adam is an acronym for ‘Arts, Drama, Architecture, Music’.) The editor, Miron Grindea (1909– ), originally from Romania, settled in England in ...
Adelphi

Adelphi  

Started in 1923 as a monthly journal under the editorship of J. M. Murry, intended as a mouthpiece for D. H. Lawrence and himself. From 1927 it became a quarterly entitled the New Adelphi. Murry's ...
Adrian Henri

Adrian Henri  

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(1932–2000),poet and painter, settled in Liverpool in 1957, and during the 1960s was known (with Roger McGough and Brian Patten) as one of the ‘Liverpool Poets’. His collections of poetry include ...
Aeschylus

Aeschylus  

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Athenian tragic poet (?525/4–456/5 bc). He fought in the battle of Marathon. His first tragic production was in 499, his first victory in 484. He gained thirteen victories altogether. His epitaph ...
Agha Shahid Ali

Agha Shahid Ali  

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(1949–2001),was born in Delhi. His father is a professor of education and Ali was educated in American, Indian, and Kashmiri schools and universities. After teaching at Delhi University and ...
A.J.M. Smith

A.J.M. Smith  

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(1902–80),Canadian editor, critic, and poet, born in Montreal, educated at McGill and Edinburgh Universities. He played an important role in what became known as ‘the Montreal Group’, the most ...
Alain-Fournier

Alain-Fournier  

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1886–1914)French novelist.Born in the rural village of La Chapelle-d'Angillon, Cher, where his father was a schoolteacher, Alain-Fournier was educated at the local school and subsequently in Paris. ...
Alan Seeger

Alan Seeger  

(1888–1916),New York-born poet, graduated from Harvard (1910), went to Paris (1913), and at the beginning of World War I enlisted in the French Foreign Legion. He was killed at Belloy-en-Santerre, in ...
Albery Theatre

Albery Theatre  

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London, in St Martin's Lane, seating 900, built for Charles Wyndham, who opened it in 1903 as the New Theatre with a revival of Parker and Carson's Rosemary, after which ...
Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley  

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(1894–1963),grandson of T. H. Huxley and brother of Julian Huxley. By 1919, when he began to write for Murry in the Athenaeum, he had already published three volumes of verse; a volume of stories, ...
Alec Guinness

Alec Guinness  

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(1914–2001)English actor and director. After initial difficulties at the Old Vic, struggling to meet the expectations of Gielgud and Guthrie, he developed into an accomplished actor in the 1930s ...
Alec McCowen

Alec McCowen  

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(1925– )Restrained and intelligent English actor who worked with regional repertory theatres in the 1940s. He joined the Old Vic in 1959 and was quickly established as a versatile actor ...
Alex Skovron

Alex Skovron  

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(1948– ),was born in Poland. In 1956 his family moved to Israel, and then in 1958 to Sydney. Since taking degrees in political science at the universities of New South ...
Allen Tate

Allen Tate  

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(1899–1979),American poet and critic, born in Kentucky, began his literary career as editor of the Tennessee‐based little magazine the Fugitive, 1922–5, which published work by J. C. Ransom, L. ...
ancient Greek drama in the twentieth century

ancient Greek drama in the twentieth century  

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In Britain and the United States at the beginning of the twentieth century, classical theatre meant almost exclusively the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. In his projected renewal of ...
Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber  

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(b London, 1948).Eng. composer. With Tim Rice (b 1944) as librettist, comp. highly successful musicals, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1968), Jesus Christ Superstar (1970), and Evita ...
Anne Ridler

Anne Ridler  

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(1912–2001),lyric and religious poet and verse dramatist, born in Rugby and educated at King's College, London. Her volumes include Poems (1939), The Nine Bright Shiners (1943), The Golden Bird, ...
Anne Stevenson

Anne Stevenson  

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(1933– ),poet and biographer, born in England of American parents and educated in America; she settled in Britain in the 1960s. Her collections include Living in America (1965), Reversals (1970), ...
Apes of God

Apes of God  

A novel by Wyndham Lewis, published in 1930. The novel, a satirical roman-à-clef, established Lewis's reputation as the scourge of literary London and ‘Enemy’ of such circles as the Bloomsbury ...
Arcadia

Arcadia  

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A prose romance by Sir P. Sidney, including poems and pastoral eclogues in a wide variety of verse forms. It exists in two versions: the first, completed by 1581, and much of it written at Wilton, is ...

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