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TO FIRST TIME AND FAMILIAR READERS, THE SITE HAS UNDERGONE A SLIGHT REVAMP  TO EASE READING.
The usual navigation sidebar which appeared on the right hand side can now be found under the 'Sitemap' tab.
 
 
 
A Detail from The Artist's Halt in the Desert by Richard Dadd. (British Museum).
 
Welcome to this site which serves as an easily accessible overview FOR THE LAYMAN/JOURNALIST to the major writers of English Literature, with a focus on the UK. 
 
This is, of course, a never-ending task, but its aim is to present an at-a-glance guide to the histories of the major writers in the English Literary Canon and to summarise or encapsulate their major works.
 
Literature has a rich and diverse canon and like the Royal Houses, can be fairly easily grouped into epochs and periods, mirroring history and the great works of art.
 
The 'canon' is simply a collection of the major artists and works which are recognised by English scholars across the world as being recognised works of literature. Quite how this is defined is constantly open to debate and speculation.
 
This site concentrates on the works of English, Irish, Welsh and Scottish writers, but a separate listing incorporating US and international writers is also included.
 
Choose two listings  - the canon portal below which lists an At A Glance 500 or arguably the top works in Eng Lit. Or click on the Major Canon by Period which lists writers and biographies by traditional period.
 
Due to the expiration of copyright laws, many of the classic works are now available to read free. The find these in this site, go to the At A Glance 500. But the Canon Portal below is the best starting point.

NB This site should not be used specifically for academic purposes
Student readers are urged to refer to their own textbooks and lecturers.
 
This is a project under development and welcomes contributions. Please note it is intended for the lay reader/journalistic reference and not specifically for academic use.  If any author is not listed here who you feel should be included, please email martin.hickes@googlemail.com. Many genre styles are taken from the Oxford Anthology of English Literature. See also www.martinhickes.net.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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