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British Literature

Why Is Harry Potter Such a Popular Character?

April 19, 2023

The first “Harry Potter” book was released in 1997 and the series is still a hit. In the 26 years since, movies, video games, a massive theme park, and more have followed. What’s so endearing about Harry Potter himself? […]

Experiencing Shakespeare From Page to Stage cover art
British Literature

Which Language Tools Did Shakespeare Use?

March 19, 2023

William Shakespeare is often considered the world’s best playwright. He made regular use of a wide array of literary devices to liven up his work. Which language tools did Shakespeare use? […]

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British Literature

Jane Austen Societies in England and America

October 16, 2022

While the first organized Jane Austen Society was founded in England in 1940, in America, Jane Austen Society of North America, or JASNA, was formed in 1979. Austen admirers have ensured that she remains popular. […]

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British Literature

Criticism and Appreciation: Authors on Jane Austen

October 15, 2022

Following her death in 1817, Jane Austen shot to literary fame with her name being equaled with literary stalwarts of the day. Many authors lauded her works for their ingenuity, while many others detested the same. […]

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British Literature

How Jane Austen’s Literary Legacy Was Shaped

October 14, 2022

Jane Austen’s family played a major role in pushing forward and maintaining her literary fame after her death. Their writings give an insight into the life and workings of her mind. […]

Portrait of Jane Austen
British Literature

The Tribute to Jane Austen by Her Brother

October 14, 2022

Jane Austen’s brother, Henry Austen, wrote a short biographical notice following her death in 1817. Even though the notice serves to depict Jane as a humble, religious, and demure girl, it raises doubts regarding the veracity of his portrayal. […]

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