Literary Legends of the British Isles: The Lives and Burial Places of 50 Great Writers

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Journey into the best of British Isles literati in this comprehensive and concise review of 50 of the greatest writers and poets. Learn how these distinctive individuals shaped prose from the late medieval period through the mid-twentieth century. Fully grounded in sound literary and historical scholarship, this anthology takes a fresh approach to the lives and burial places of the these literary greats. It includes such masters as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Austen, Dickens, Wordsworth, Keats, Tennyson, Wilde, ...
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Overview

Journey into the best of British Isles literati in this comprehensive and concise review of 50 of the greatest writers and poets. Learn how these distinctive individuals shaped prose from the late medieval period through the mid-twentieth century. Fully grounded in sound literary and historical scholarship, this anthology takes a fresh approach to the lives and burial places of the these literary greats. It includes such masters as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Austen, Dickens, Wordsworth, Keats, Tennyson, Wilde, Kipling, Woolf, Joyce, and many more. Featuring complete introductions to each period, there is an overview of the historical, cultural and literary backgrounds of the era. Through engaging biographies, extensive descriptive observations, and 158 illustrations, these great writers come alive. Innovative, authoritative, and comprehensive, Literary Legends of the British Isles embodies a fresh approach to the study of English literature and the authors whose works have become classics.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780764344381
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2013
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 11.30 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Michael Thomas Barry is the author of Final Resting Places: Orange County's Dead & Famous; Fade to Black: Graveside Memories of Hollywood Greats, 1927-1959; Murder & Mayhem; 52 Crimes that Shocked Early California, 1849-1949; and Great Britain's Royal Tombs: A Guide to the Lives and Burial Places of British Monarchs.

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    Literary Legends of the British Isles, The Lives and Burial Places of 50 Great Writers, by Michael Thomas Barry, is a wonderful look at great writers of the late medieval and early modern periods, and the 19th and 20th centuries. Little known information about their lives is revealed, with photos of the writers where available and of their grave sites and homes. Any writer, reader, or person interested in the British Isles would love this book and perhaps even become interested in visiting these historic sites. Literary Legends is beautifully compiled, and I especially love the photos of the formal gardens which surround some of the homes and burial sites. 

    You may find your favorite authors among the pages of Literary Legends. Jane Austen is here, George Orwell, Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, and Oscar Wilde, as well as Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Thomas Wyatt of the Henry VIII period and reputed lover of Anne Boleyn. The Bronte sisters —Charlotte, Emily, and Anne — discovered that they were all writing secret poetry and then got together to publish a book of poetry under male pen names. Many female authors of this period did this, whether to avoid disgracing husbands or family, or because women were not taken seriously I am not sure. George Eliot is another example. Michael Thomas Barry, himself a prolific author, has degrees in Criminal Justice and History. His other books include descriptions of other final resting places, and in addition he writes a column for Crime Magazine, On This Day in Crime History.

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