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Resources for British Literature: English 4.

Spenser Chronological Table of Events

What happened during the lifetime of Edmund Spenser (1552-1599), the author of The Faerie Queene? Learn more about this writer and put his life in context with the chart below. Chronological Table of Events By Dr. George Armstrong Wauchope, Professor … Continue reading

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Edmund Spenser Biography

The Life of Edmund Spenser Author of The Faerie Queene Spenser biography Dr. George Armstrong Wauchope, Professor of English, South Carolina College Birth and early years Edmund Spenser was born in London near the Tower in the year 1552. His … Continue reading

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History of the Renaissance by Bamber Gascoigne

History of the Renaissance From HistoryWorld by Bamber Gascoigne The word Renaissance The Renaissance may be vivid in the mind’s eye – in images of human figures sculpted in the round, or in scenes painted with a profound and moving … Continue reading

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The Protestant Reformation by Steven Kreis

The Protestant Reformation Lecture 3: From The History Guide by Dr. Steven Kreis Arise, O Lord, and judge Thy cause. A wild boar has invaded Thy vineyard. Arise, O Peter, and consider the case of the Holy Roman Church, the … Continue reading

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Lord Byron Biography

Biography of George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824) Overview of Byron’s life Parents and birth Raised by his mother First love Pigots and poetry Out on his own Criticism and triumph House of Lords Travels across Europe Return to England “Childe … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning Bio 1911 EB

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Biography Family history and upbringing Meeting other poets Health troubles Praise and correspondence Browning’s courtship A secret wedding Published poetry Politics and posterity “God took her” Overview of married life and poetry Sources Family history and upbringing … Continue reading

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Robert Browning Bio 1911 EB

Robert Browning Biography Family background Early career & personality First major poems (Paracelsus and Sordello) Dramatic works Expanding poetic repertoire Marriage Browning’s masterpiece: The Ring and the Book Growing fame Later writings Beliefs (religious and moral) End of life Comparison … Continue reading

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The Nightingale English Madrigal sung by GRCC

The madrigal was a type of secular Renaissance music, which would have been familiar to writers such as Edmund Spenser. Listen to the way the different parts intertwine in this recording of the English madrigal “The Nightingale” by Thomas Weelkes, … Continue reading

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Virginia Woolf Resources

Virginia Woolf Resources Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) was a Modernist writer who used the stream-of-consciousness technique, as seen in her novel To the Lighthouse. Here are a selection of resources you may find helpful in studying her work. If you’re reading … Continue reading

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1995 Pride and Prejudice Fan Trailer

I highly recommend the 1995 BBC/A&E version of Pride and Prejudice, with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. It incorporates much of Austen’s incomparable dialogue and remains generally faithful to the novel. Below, this brief “trailer” (unofficial, made by a fan … Continue reading

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