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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 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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Free But Not CC: Online Education Resources

While we only include public domain and creative commons resources on our website writersinspire.org, in our trawling for internet treasures, we came across a lot of resources that can be accessed free online, but cannot be reused under any free … Continue reading

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Why Shakespeare was Shakespeare

Since the release of the film Anonymous  in 2011, the odds have increased dramatically of being cornered in a pub and informed that the works of Shakespeare were actually written by the Earl of Oxford (or Sir Francis Bacon, or … Continue reading

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Aphra Behn and Poetic Culture

This essay is the last of four distilled from a lecture series on Aphra Behn given by Dr. Abigail Williams of the University of Oxford and adapted for the Great Writers Inspire project by Kate O’Connor. Click to view the … Continue reading

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Aphra Behn and Political Culture

This essay is the third of four distilled from a lecture series on Aphra Behn given by Dr. Abigail Williams of the University of Oxford and adapted for the Great Writers Inspire project by Kate O’Connor. Click here to read … Continue reading

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Aphra Behn and the Restoration Theatre

This essay is the second of four distilled from a lecture series on Aphra Behn given by Dr. Abigail Williams of the University of Oxford and adapted for the Great Writers Inspire project by Kate O’Connor. Click here to see … Continue reading

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