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Five science fiction novels for people who hate SF

Five science fiction novels for people who hate SF | Wincoll English | Scoop.it
The genre's denser stories can seem rebarbative to 'general readers', but these books tell immediately relevant, compelling tales
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A Brief History of the Dystopian Novel

A Brief History of the Dystopian Novel | Wincoll English | Scoop.it
Kirkus Reviews Blog: Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Brief History of the Dystopian Novel
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For the centenary of Orwell's birth!

 

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The Saturday poem: Putting Away Pictures

by Maitreyabandhu
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I like this writer - he is a Buddhist poet who writes very well on poetry as well.

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Tributes paid to Iain Banks

Tributes paid to Iain Banks | Wincoll English | Scoop.it
Fellow writers and friends pay tribute to Iain Banks, who died on Sunday, with whisky and memories.
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Great writer - do read The Crow Road and The Wasp Factory and try his sci-fi.

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Jane Austen Fiction Manuscripts: Home

Jane Austen Fiction Manuscripts: Home | Wincoll English | Scoop.it

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Learners can browse Jane Austen’s hand-written manuscripts in Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts, an online joint project from the University of Oxford and King’s College London.
Each manuscript can be opened in a variety of ways: as facsimile pages which can be magnified using ‘zoomify’; as transcribed text set side by side with the original manuscript page; or through a Headnote that provides details of the manuscript’s history and physical description.

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Virginia Woolf on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Diary

Virginia Woolf on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Diary | Wincoll English | Scoop.it
The habit of writing thus for my own eye only is good practice. It loosens the ligaments.

Literary icon Virginia Woolf, born on this day in 1882, was not only a masterful letter-writer and little-known children’s book author, but also a dedicated diarist on par with Susan Sontag and Anaïs Nin. A fairly late journaling bloomer, she began writing in 1915, at the age of 33, and continued until her last entry in 1941, four days before her death, leaving behind 26 volumes written in her own hand.


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History of the English Language

History of the English Language | Wincoll English | Scoop.it
A short history of the origins and development of the English language, from Old English to Modern English.

 

Old English (450-1100 AD)

Part of Beowulf, a poem written in Old English.

The invading Germanic tribes spoke similar languages, which in Britain developed into what we now call Old English. Old English did not sound or look like English today. Native English speakers now would have great difficulty understanding Old English. Nevertheless, about half of the most commonly used words in Modern English have Old English roots. The words be,strong and water, for example, derive from Old English. Old English was spoken until around 1100.


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Richard Stillman's comment, June 17, 2013 6:03 PM
Thanks for your great curating.
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Thanks, Richard!!!
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Shakespeare's canon to be reworked by authors including Jeanette Winterson and Anne Tyler

Shakespeare's canon to be reworked by authors including Jeanette Winterson and Anne Tyler | Wincoll English | Scoop.it
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The Decline and Fall of the English Major

The Decline and Fall of the English Major | Wincoll English | Scoop.it
In the drift away from the humanities, we risk losing something essential in ourselves.
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Interesting debate about English courses in the US.

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Crossref-it.info - Improve your English Lit grades

Crossref-it.info - Improve your English Lit grades | Wincoll English | Scoop.it
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This looks a very useful site that would be worth regularly checking.

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BBC Radio 3 - The Essay, The Writer's Dickens, Tessa Hadley - Rooms and Reality

BBC Radio 3 - The Essay, The Writer's Dickens, Tessa Hadley - Rooms and Reality | Wincoll English | Scoop.it
Tessa Hadley on how Dickens paints the reality of his world through characters' houses.
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Interesting talk that speaks about the difference in aesthetics between Dickens and modern writers.

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Poetry Magazines - Free access to UK poetry magazines from the Poetry Library Collection

Poetry Magazines - Free access to UK poetry magazines from the Poetry Library Collection | Wincoll English | Scoop.it
Free access to the full-text digital library of 20th and 21st century UK poetry magazines from the Poetry Library collection
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This is an amazing resource for modern poetry

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BBC - English Literature

BBC - English Literature | Wincoll English | Scoop.it

A secondary school revision resource for GCSE English Literature about prose fiction, short stories, drama and poetry.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Frankenstein, Great Expectations, Jane Eyre, Lord of the Flies, Of Mice and Men, Pride and Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird, Heroes...


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