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Angus Wilson

(1913—1991) novelist and biographer

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Alec Douglas-Home, Lord Home

Alec Douglas-Home, Lord Home  

(1903–95).Prime minister. Douglas‐Home succeeded to the earldom in 1951 but relinquished it in 1963 to re‐enter the Commons as prime minister, in succession to Harold Macmillan. In 1974 he returned ...
Anglo-Saxon Attitudes

Anglo-Saxon Attitudes  

A novel by Angus Wilson, published in 1956. The novel concerns the excavation of a tomb in Suffolk, of the seventh-century Bishop Eorpwald, which has had a profound effect on ...
Dorothy Miller Richardson

Dorothy Miller Richardson  

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(1873–1957),novelist, became an intimate friend of H. G. Wells and other avant‐garde thinkers of the day who encouraged her to write. Pointed Roofs (1915) was the first of a sequence of highly ...
Elizabeth Bowen

Elizabeth Bowen  

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(1899–1973),Anglo‐Irish novelist and short story writer. Her novels include The Hotel (1927), The House in Paris (1935), A World of Love (1955), and Eva Trout (1969). The best‐known are probably The ...
Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor  

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(1912–75),novelist and short‐story writer, was educated in Reading. Her first novel, At Mrs Lippincote's (1945), was followed by eleven more: shrewd observations of middle‐class life in which ...
English Stage Company

English Stage Company  

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Organization formed in 1956, mainly to present plays by young and experimental dramatists but also to put before the public the best contemporary plays from abroad. After an unsuccessful attempt ...
festivals, literary

festivals, literary  

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These now play a significant role in the promotion of literature around the world. Britain's first post‐war literary festival, a small‐scale local occasion which aimed to bring writers and readers ...
Henry Green

Henry Green  

(1905–73),novelist and industrialist, was born Henry Vincent Yorke. His first novel, Blindness (1926), was published while he was an undergraduate at Magdalen College, Oxford, when, in his aesthete ...
Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan  

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(1948– ),novelist and short‐story writer, born in Aldershot, educated at the University of Sussex and the University of East Anglia. He displayed his gift for the macabre in his first short‐story ...
James Gould Cozzens

James Gould Cozzens  

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(1903–78),born in Chicago but reared on Staten Island and educated at Harvard (1922–24), where he wrote his first novel, Confusion (1924), the story of an aristocratic, rebellious French girl. ...
John Maynard Keynes

John Maynard Keynes  

(1883–1946)English economist and philosopher. Although primarily known as an economist, Keynes produced one philosophical classic, the Treatise on Probability (1921). This develops the theory of ...
Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit  

A novel by Dickens, published in monthly parts, 1855–7.William Dorrit has been so long in the Marshalsea prison for debtors that he has become the ‘Father of the Marshalsea’. He has had the ...
Margaret Drabble

Margaret Drabble  

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(1939– ),novelist, born in Sheffield, educated at Newnham College, Cambridge. Her early novels deal primarily with the dilemma of educated young women caught in the conflicting claims of maternity, ...
Marquis de Sade

Marquis de Sade  

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(1740–1814)French pornographer and madman. His nihilism as much as his obsession with the psychopathology of unbridled violent lust has given him a remarkable symbolic role in the thought of writers ...
Royal Society of Literature

Royal Society of Literature  

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Was founded in 1823. The Associates were elected by the council of the Society (Malthus and S. T. Coleridge were among the first ten). The Society published papers read to it under the title ...
Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling  

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(1865–1936),British poet, novelist, and writer of short stories, resided for several years after 1892 at Brattleboro, Vt. With his brother-in-law, Wolcott Balestier, he wrote The Naulahka (1892). ...

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