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C. S. Lewis

(1898—1963) writer and scholar

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A. N. Wilson

A. N. Wilson  

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(1950– ),novelist, biographer, and reviewer, born in Stone, Staffordshire, and educated at New College, Oxford. After abandoning training for the priesthood he became a teacher and then returned to ...
Andreas Capellanus

Andreas Capellanus  

(fl. 1180s),is usually believed to have been a chaplain to Marie de Champagne. His book De Arte Honeste Amandi (also entitled De Amore) is a handbook of procedure in love in three sections: Book I, ...
Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins  

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(b. Port Talbot, Wales, 31 Dec. 1937)Actor. He joined the National Theatre in 1966 and made his mark with strong physical performances in roles including Coriolanus (1971) and Macbeth ...
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 ...
Arthurian Literature

Arthurian Literature  

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A large body of writings in various languages in the 12th and 13th centuries and thereafter, recounting legends of King Arthur, his sword Excalibur, his queen Guinevere, and his various knights at ...
Austin Marsden Farrer

Austin Marsden Farrer  

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(1904–68)An Oxford philosophical theologian who maintained that religious truth can best be communicated to human intelligences through images. Farrer turned his attention to NT studies and enjoyed a ...
Babbitt

Babbitt  

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A term for a materialistic, complacent, and conformist businessman, from the name of the protagonist of the novel Babbitt (1922) by Sinclair Lewis.
Cambridge University Press

Cambridge University Press  

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Books were first printed at Cambridge in 1521–2 by John Siberch (John Lair of Siegburg), a friend of Erasmus. A charter was granted to the University by Henry VIII in 1534 authorizing the printing of ...
Charles Williams

Charles Williams  

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(1886–1945),poet, novelist, and theological writer. His novels, which have been described as supernatural thrillers, include War in Heaven (1930), Descent into Hell (1937), and All Hallows Eve ...
Children's Literature

Children's Literature  

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“Language,” Loren Eiseley wrote, “implies boundaries. A word spoken creates a dog, a rabbit, a man. It fixes their nature before our eyes.” What does well for a rabbit or ...
Cupid and Psyche

Cupid and Psyche  

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The allegorical centrepiece of the Golden Ass of Apuleius, in which the author blends a familiar folk tale depicting an enchanted suitor and his abandoned bride with a Hellenistic epyllion about the ...
David Holbrook

David Holbrook  

(1923– ),British poet, critic, and novelist, born in Norwich, educated at Downing College, Cambridge, where he was appointed Director of English Studies in 1981. His collections of poetry include ...
David Lindsay

David Lindsay  

(1876–1945),British writer, born in Blackheath, south-east London, educated in Scotland. He is remembered for his first novel, A Voyage to Arcturus (1920), ostensibly a tale of interplanetary ...
Drab

Drab  

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Term used first by C. S. Lewis (English Literature in the Sixteenth Century, introduction) to denote poetry and prose of the later medieval period until the early Renaissance: ‘a period in which, for ...
E. M. W. Tillyard

E. M. W. Tillyard  

(1889–1962),scholar and critic. His works include Milton (1930), Shakespeare's Last Plays (1938), Shakespeare's History Plays (1944), Shakespeare's Problem Plays (1950), and the influential short ...
Essays in Criticism

Essays in Criticism  

Three series of essays by M. Arnold (1865, 1888, 1910).
fantasy

fantasy  

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A general term for any kind of fictional work that is not primarily devoted to realistic representation of the known world. The category includes several literary genres (e.g. dream vision, fable, ...
First Men in the Moon

First Men in the Moon  

H. G. Wells, 1901, George Newnes.The novel, which Wells described as an ‘imaginative spree’, began life as a series of three interconnected short stories published in the Strand in ...
Fulke Greville

Fulke Greville  

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(1554–1628),poet, patron, politician, and friend of Sir Philip Sidney. He wrote (probably before 1600) an intelligent collection of sonnets and lyrics, Caelica, and the political closet dramas ...
George MacDonald

George MacDonald  

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(1824–1905),was, in his own day, celebrated chiefly as poet, preacher, and lecturer, and as the author of numerous novels, including David Elginbrod (1863), Alec Forbes of Howglen (1865), and Robert ...

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