OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900)

BIOGRAPHY Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854 of Anglo-Irish parents of noble descent and part of, what can be said, an intellectual family milieu in which he developed … Continue reading OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900)

Excerpt from “The Importance of Being Earnest” (1895), O. Wilde

Act 1 Jack (Ernest) Worthing meets Lady Bracknell for an interview during which he will have to prove worthy of her daughter’s hand, Gwendolen Fairfax – a girl of London’s … Continue reading Excerpt from “The Importance of Being Earnest” (1895), O. Wilde

Excerpt from “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte

Catherine Tells Nelly of Her Love for Heathcliff ‘Perfectly right; if people be right to marry only for the present. And now, let us hear what you are unhappy about. … Continue reading Excerpt from “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte

Excerpt from “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte

Jane Says Good Bye to Mr Rochester   Still indomitable was the reply–“I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I … Continue reading Excerpt from “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte

THE SECOND GENERATION ROMANTIC POETS

  Before introducing this last group of Romantic Poets, the one known as that of the Second Generation, it is necessary to underline the political and historical issues that greatly influenced … Continue reading THE SECOND GENERATION ROMANTIC POETS

FIRST GENERATION ROMANTIC POETS – WILLIAM WORDSWORTH AND SAMUEL T. COLERIDGE

FIRST GENERATION ROMANTIC POETS The beginning of the British Romantic Movement is generally considered to have been marked by the collection of poems titled Lyrical Ballads, first published in 1798, … Continue reading FIRST GENERATION ROMANTIC POETS – WILLIAM WORDSWORTH AND SAMUEL T. COLERIDGE

MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT SHELLEY (1797-1851)

BIOGRAPHY   MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT SHELLEY (1797-1851) was born in London, daughter of two eminent figures of the English intellectual circle of that time, in fact her father was the philosopher … Continue reading MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT SHELLEY (1797-1851)

WILLIAM BLAKE 1757-1827

  BIOGRAPHY William Blake (1757-1827) was born in London to a very humble family, at a very young age he was sent as an apprentice to an engraver for whom he spent … Continue reading WILLIAM BLAKE 1757-1827

THOMAS GRAY 1716-1771

  THOMAS GRAY (1716-1771), was born in Cornhill, London. He belonged to the well-off middle class – his father was a scribe and his mother owned a shop of hats and … Continue reading THOMAS GRAY 1716-1771

EARLY ROMANTIC AGE – OUTLINE

For studying convenience purposes we will divide the ROMANTIC AGE in three separate sections, the first combines those authors that are normally considered EARLY ROMANTIC AGE writers, followed by the FIRST GENERATION OF ROMANTIC POETS … Continue reading EARLY ROMANTIC AGE – OUTLINE

THE ROMANTIC AGE

Literary Outlook and Themes The last thirty years of the 18th century paved the way to the Romantic Age introducing new ideas and different perspectives. Richardson, in his novels, had … Continue reading THE ROMANTIC AGE

SAMUEL RICHARDSON (1689-1761)

Unlike the previous writers of the Augustan Age, Richardson came from a humble background, he was not very educated and, while still very young, he was sent to London to work … Continue reading SAMUEL RICHARDSON (1689-1761)