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Overview page. Subjects: literary studies (early and medieval).

The wicked counsellor of King David, who incited Absolon (1) to rebel against his father (2 Sam. 15–17), cited as a famous traitor in The Book of the Duchess (1118).


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Friedrich Achleitner

Overview page. Subjects: literature.

(Schalchen, Austria, 1930– ),

collaborated as a member of the Wiener Gruppe with H. C. Artmann and G. Rühm in the avant-garde volume of dialect poems hosn, rosn, baa (1959). A ...


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Settlement 3 m. W of Lochinver in Scotland's highland region. Norman MacCaig spent holidays in a cottage here and in many lyrical and witty poems...

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Overview page. Subjects: literary studies (plays and playwrights).

A: Aristophanes Pf: 425 bc, Athens Tr: 1816 G: Greek com. in...

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Chinua Achebe

Overview page. Subjects: literature.

(1930– )

Nigerian novelist and poet of Ibo descent.

Born in Ogidi, in eastern Nigeria, the son of a mission teacher, Achebe was educated at the University College of...

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Kathy Acker

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novelist, poet, and performance artist, born in New York. On leaving university she worked as a stripper and pornographic film actor. Her style and subject matter were...

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Charles Ackers

Overview page. Subjects: bibliography.

 (1702/3–59) English printer.

While serving his apprenticeship with S. Palmer, he began an important lifelong collaboration with the typefounder W. Caslon. His business included...

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The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare

Michael Dobson and Stanley Wells.

January 2001; published online January 2003.

Book. Subjects: Shakespeare studies and criticism. 3157 pages.486965 words.

This online edition was reviewed and selectively updated by the original editors in 2011.

From the conjectured identity of the Dark Lady of the Sonnets to the misprints in the...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature

Dinah Birch.

January 2009; published online January 2009.

Book. Subjects: literary reference works. 7066 pages.1052701 words.

‘No guide could come more classic than The Oxford Companion to English Literature … the literary reference source of first resort’The Times


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Russian Literature

Catriona Kelly.

August 2001; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: literary studies (fiction, novelists, and prose writers); literary studies (European); literary theory and cultural studies. 182 pages.

Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction explores the place and importance of literature in Russian culture. How and when did a Russian national literature come into being? What shaped...

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