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A. C. Bradley

A. C. Bradley  

(1851–1935),brother of F. H. Bradley, was professor of poetry at Oxford from 1901 to 1906. He is particularly remembered for his contributions to Shakespearian scholarship; his best‐known works are ...
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. E. Housman

A. E. Housman  

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(1859–1936)British poet and classical scholar.The eldest son of a Worcestershire solicitor, Housman was educated at Bromsgrove School. Despite the death of their mother (1870), the family was in ...
A. L. Rowse

A. L. Rowse  

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(1903–97),poet, biographer, and Tudor historian. Cornwall forms the setting for many of his poems and works of history and autobiography, including A Cornish Childhood (1942). He has published ...
A. S. Byatt

A. S. Byatt  

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(1936– )Novelist and critic, born in Sheffield, and educated at the Mount School, York, and Newnham College, Cambridge. Her first novel, Shadow of a Sun (1964), describes a woman attempting ...
Abingdon

Abingdon  

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OxfordshireOld town on the Thames, once the county town of Berkshire, 7 m. S of Oxford on the A34. It was the birthplace of Edward Moore (1712–57), a minor ...
Abraham Cowley

Abraham Cowley  

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(1618–1667) English poetPoetical Blossomes (1633) PoetryLoves Riddle (1638) DramaThe Mistresse; or, Severall Copies of Love-Verses (1647) PoetryThe Guardian (1650) DramaCutter of Coleman-Street ...
Academic Milieu

Academic Milieu  

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Writers who set their mysteries in schools, colleges, and universities may portray the academic milieu as an ordered environment, philosophically dedicated to lofty goals, which is disrupted by the ...
Adam of Marsh

Adam of Marsh  

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(d. c.1258), English theologian. Becoming a Franciscan in 1232/3, from c.1247 he was regent of the Franciscan house of studies in Oxford. Apart from his work as a scholar, he exercised great ...
Agnellus of Pisa, B1

Agnellus of Pisa, B1  

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(c. 1194–1236),founder of the English Franciscan Province. According to tradition, he was received into the Order at Pisa, his native city, by St Francis, who later sent him to ...
Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett  

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(1934– )British writer, actor, and director whose plays, television monologues, and books have delighted audiences.Born in Leeds, the son of a butcher, Bennett was the epitome of the introverted ...
Alan Brownjohn

Alan Brownjohn  

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(1931– ),poet, born in London and educated at Merton College, Oxford. His volumes of poems include The Railings (1961); Collected Poems 1952–83 (1983), reissued in 1988 to include most of the poems ...
Alan Ross

Alan Ross  

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(1922–2001),poet, travel writer, and editor, born in Calcutta and educated at Oxford. He published several volumes of poetry and prose, many evocatively describing sojourns and travels abroad, ...
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, ...
Alfred Noyes

Alfred Noyes  

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(1880–1959),poet, playwright, novelist, and anthologist, who held violently anti‐Modernist views on literature; his own collections of verse (many of them about seafaring) include Drake (1908), an ...
Algernon Charles Swinburne

Algernon Charles Swinburne  

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(1837–1909)Poet and critic, born into an old Northumbrian family. He spent much of his childhood in the Isle of Wight, where he acquired a lasting love of the sea ...
Alton

Alton  

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HampshireMarket town at the junction of the A31 and the A339. A plaque of uncertain date records that Edmund Spenser lived at 1 Amery St., near the market place ...
Amateur Detective

Amateur Detective  

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The first detective of the mystery genre was an amateur. In Edgar Allan Poe's story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1841; in Graham's Lady's and Gentleman's Magazine, Apr. 1841) ...
amateur theatre

amateur theatre  

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In Britain amateur theatre reached its height in the 19th century, when many of the best-known amateur societies were founded, among them the Old Stagers, who have given performances closely ...
Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang  

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(1844–1912),born at Selkirk, was educated at St Andrews University and became a fellow of Merton College, Oxford. In 1875 he settled in London, becoming one of the most prolific and versatile writers ...

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