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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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The Anonymous Jane Austen

Jane Austen is one of the most famous authors in the western cannon (possibly helped along by a certain well-known Colin-Firth-diving-into-a-pond scene in the BBC Pride and Prejudice television serial adaptation). And our fascination isn’t just with her works: it’s … Continue reading

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Who is Aphra Behn?

This essay is the first 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. So who is Aphra … Continue reading

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Aphra Behn: A “Life dedicated to Pleasure and Poetry”

Aphra Behn was a bold, salacious, and pioneering individual. If Frances Burney made women writers respectable, it was Aphra Behn who put them on the map. Young Woman In 1640 Aphra Behn was born Eaffrey Johnson of Canterbury, the daughter of … Continue reading

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Frances Burney: the “Mother of English Fiction”

Before there was Jane Austen or even the gleam in Mr. Bronte’s eye that would engender his three novelist daughters, there was Frances Burney, master of the novel of social courtship, and according to Virginia Woolf, “the mother of English … Continue reading

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