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Africa

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century).

The ‘dark’ continent of Africa held an exotic fascination for Romantic writers and painters, and it was seen as a site of opportunity by explorers, missionaries, politicians, and commercial...

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Allan Cunningham

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1784–1842),

born in Dumfriesshire, profited from the vogue for primitivism by disguising his own poems as old Scottish songs, many of which Robert Hartley Cromek (1720–1812) then...

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Ambrose's Tavern

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The scene of the Noctes Ambrosianae published in Blackwood's Magazine from 1822 to 1835, is loosely based on a real Edinburgh tavern of the same name, first described by John Lockhart in...

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art of the Brontës

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century).

The Brontës had a profound and continuing interest in the visual arts. Their habit of reading pictures and their own practice of drawing and painting were crucial to their...

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Ashanti war

Overview page. Subjects: Military History — British History.

The Ashanti empire, located in the hinterland of the Gold Coast of west Africa, reached its peak in the late 18th cent. An attempt by the Ashanti to establish their ...

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Ayrshire Legatees

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A novel by J. Galt, published 1821. The book largely takes the form of letters recording the adventures of a worthy Scottish minister, Dr Zachariah Pringle, and his family, in the course of...

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Branwell Brontë

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century).

Branwell Brontë (1817–48) used the pseudonym ‘Northangerland’ for his published writings. With the exception of Francis Leyland's 1886The Brontë Family, biographies before Juliet Barker's...

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Branwell's Blackwood's Magazine

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In January 1829 Branwell Brontë began publication of a tiny Glass Town magazine (5.2 × 3.3 cm) in minute print writing, modelled on Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, avidly read by the ...

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Brontë interest in pugilism

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Boxing was a fashionable sport which embraced all classes in the early 19th century and was practised by Brontë heroes like Byron and John Wilson (the ‘Christopher North’ of Blackwood's ...

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‘Chaldee MS

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A Translation from an Ancient Chaldee Manuscript’, published in Blackwood's Magazine 1817. The article, purporting to be an ancient manuscript and written in pseudo‐biblical prose,...

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