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William Hayley

(1745—1820) poet and biographer

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Anna Seward

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1747–1809) British poet and author

Elegy on Captain Cook (1780) PoetryMonody on Major André (1781) MiscellaneousLouisa (1784) PoetryLlangollen Vale, with Other Poems (1796)...

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Charlotte Smith

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(1748–1806),

chiefly a novelist, began her career with Elegiac Sonnets (1784). Her novels include Emmeline (1788) and The Old Manor House (1793), which Sir W. Scott, and posterity,...

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George Romney

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(b Dalton-in-Furness, Lancashire [now in Cumbria], 15 Dec. 1734; d Kendal, Cumberland [now in Cumbria], 15 Nov. 1802).

English painter (mainly of portraits) and draughtsman. He...

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John Milton

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(1608–74),

son of John Milton the elder, a scrivener and composer of music. He was educated at St Paul's School and Christ's College, Cambridge, where he wrote poetry in Latin,...

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Joseph Wright

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(b Derby, 3 Sept. 1734; d Derby, 29 Aug. 1797).

English painter, active mainly in his native city and generally known as Wright of Derby. He was one of the ...

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theatricals, private

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Amateur performances of plays, were highly popular in the period among all social classes. They were fashionable among the aristocracy, who staged lavish events, involving considerable...

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William Blake

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(1757–1827)

The English poet and artist produced more than twenty highly imaginative pictorial treatments of Shakespearian themes.

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William Cowper

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(1731–1800) British poet

Olney Hymns (1779) PoetryAnti-Thelyphthora (1781) PoetryThe Diverting History of John Gilpin (1782) PoetryThe Task (1785) PoetryThe Iliad and the Odyssey,...

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