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Author Archives: Kate O'Connor
A class of fifth formers at the King’s School Canterbury (the alma mater of Christopher Marlowe) were preparing for their GCSE exam, and decided there was no need to keep their close analysis of Thomas Hardy close to their chests. … Continue reading
While writing my dissertation for my Masters this past June, I needed to know how many times Iago is called a ‘devil’ in Shakespeare’s Othello. And I realised there was a time in my life when this actually would have involved counting. … Continue reading
Youth F. Scott Fitzgerald was born 24 September 1896 to a salesman father and an Irish-Catholic mother who was the heir to a successful Minnesota grocery store. The F. Scott of F. Scott Fitzgerald stands for Francis Scott; he was … Continue reading
Very little is known about the life of Renaissance playwright Thomas Kyd. Though scholars say that often, in this case there is an especially frustrating dearth of information (and surviving texts). Thomas Kyd was born in 1558 in London, the son of … Continue reading
Nick Hornby’s 1992 novel Fever Pitch has been added to the Penguin Modern Classics list- a list that includes works by George Orwell, Albert Camus, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Virginia Woolf, and P. G. Wodehouse, among others. Check out the resulting … Continue reading
1558 – Queen Elizabeth I is crowned, and Thomas Kyd is born 1563 – Martin Luther’s Thirty-Nine Articles are published 1564 – William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe are born 1569 – Northern England rebels on behalf of Mary Queen of … Continue reading