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Mary Wollstonecraft’s Politics of Feeling in ‘The Wrongs of Woman, or Maria’

Mary Wollstonecraft is best known for her work A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), but in this guest blog, Shoshannah Jones Square, a DPhil student in English at the University of Oxford, suggests why we should read her … Continue reading

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The Curious Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

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Thomas Kyd: An English Tragedy

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

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The Lost Generation

World War I, originally called the Great War, resulted in more than nine million deaths. The official starting point was the assassination of the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. However, this was simply the spark … Continue reading

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The Importance of Being Wilde

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was a playwright, poet, novelist, story-writer, journalist, essayist, epigrammist, father,  husband, and convicted homosexual. He was a daunting wit, a committed aesthete, and remains … Continue reading

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Jonathan Swift and Gulliver’s Travels

This essay is the second of two distilled from a lecture series on Jonathan Swift given by Dr. Abigail Williams of the University of Oxford and adapted for the Great Writers Inspire Project by Kate O’Connor. To see the previous … Continue reading

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Jonathan Swift and A Tale of a Tub

This essay is the first of two distilled from a lecture series on Jonathan Swift given by Dr. Abigail Williams of the University of Oxford and adapted for the Great Writers Inspire Project by Kate O’Connor. Jonathan Swift and A … Continue reading

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