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Literary Life of Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy’s Literary Life Author Biography: Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840, in the Southwestern English village of Upper Bockhampton. His father was a stone worker who also played the violin. His mother loved reading and telling stories about the region’s folk songs and folklore. Hardy inherited all…

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Francis Bacon and His Works

Francis Bacon and His Works Francis Bacon was born in London on January 22, 1561. He was an English Renaissance statesman and philosopher. Sir Nicholas Bacon, his father, was Queen Elizabeth’s Lord Keeper of the Great Seal. Lady Anne Cooke Bacon was his father’s second wife and the daughter of…

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Jonathan Swift – Literary Life & Works

Jonathan Swift – Literary Life & Works Jonathan Swift is the greatest genius and most tragic figure of Anne’s generation. Everyone recalls being enthralled as a child by the sturdy figure of Gulliver helpless among the Lilliputians and living in constant fear of the enormous Brobdingnagians’ stupid clumsiness. Swift, whether…

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John Keats – Biography and His Poetry

Author Feature: John Keats If the aristocratic families of Byron and Shelley seemed unlikely to produce a great poet, the origin of John Keats seems just as unaccountable. His father, foreman in a London livery-stable, married the owner’s daughter, and became proprietor. Yet Keats’s parents were not ordinary people. The…

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John Milton – Literary Life and Characteristics of his Poetry

The age of young Milton was a period described by Green as when “England became the people of the book, and that book was the bible.” It was not an overnight occurrence but one that had been festering for fifty years with intellectual and spiritual development traveling on separate tracks but headed to an unavoidable collision. Demands for not only civil but religious freedom were spreading throughout the country.
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