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Elizabeth Barrett Browning

1806 - 1861

Elizabeth Barrett Browning was one of the most famous English poets of the Victorian era. Her works had a major influence on some other important writers of the day, such as Edgar Allan Poe or Emily Dickinson. More than a poet, she was also greatly involved in social and political issues: she campaigned against slavery and her works helped improve the children’s labour legislation
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Emily Brontë

1818 - 1848

The English novelist and poet, Emily Brontë produced but one novel, Wuthering Heights, now considered a classic of English Literature. This work of art, published under the pen name Ellis Bell, is a highly imaginative novel about passion and hate. We don’t know much about her life because she was the most reserved of the 3 Brontë sisters. Furthermore, she left no interesting correspondance
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John Keats

1795 - 1821

The English Romantic lyric poet called John Keats was one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets, alongside Lord Byron and P. B. Shelley. Keats spent his whole life improving a poetry marked by "a vivid imagery, a great sensuous appeal and an attempt to express a philosophy through classical legends." His reputation grew mostly after his death until he became one of the
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Percy Bysshe Shelley

1792 - 1822

Percy Bysshe Shelley, whose wife Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, was one of the major English Romantic poets. He was not famous during his lifetime because of his radical views on poetry, but also because of his fight for social justice. His thoughts about economics and morality and his writings on non violent resistence influenced 20th century thinkers such as Karl Marx, Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma
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Robert Louis Stevenson

1850 - 1894

Robert Louis Stevenson is a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist and travel writer who created the children’s novel Treasure Island, and of the horror story The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. His whole work is based on a key theme is the impossibility of identifying and separating good from evil. His writing relies on visual effects, and on numerous narrators and points of views
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Thomas Moore

1779 - 1852

Thomas Moore was an Irish poet, songwriter, satirist and political propagandist whose espousal of the Catholic cause made him a popular hero amongst the Irish nationalists.
Being a close friend of Lord Byron, he played a leading part in one of the most famous episodes of the Romantic period, in 1824: in order to protect the dead, he and the publisher John Murray decided to burn Byron’s
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Washington Irving

1783 - 1859

The American writer, essayist, biographer and diplomat, Washington Irving, was called "the first American man of letters". He is best known for his short stories "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". He was among the first American writers to get international fame. As a politician, he advocated writing should become a legitimate profession and argued in favour of stronger bans to
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William Blake

1757 - 1827

English poet, painter and printmaker, William Blake was largely disregarded during his lifetime. However, he is nowadays recognized as the earliest and most original of all Romantic poets.
Blake was unfairly considered mad by his contemporaries for his eccentric views on society. He was politically influenced by the French and American Revolutions and was hostile to almost all forms of