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Austen, Jane (1775-1817 ) Novelist. Her six books Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion mainly cover the Regency obsession with finding a life partner. 'It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.' – Pride and Prejudice opening lines.
Beeton, Isabella (Mrs)
(1837-65) Author of "Everyday Cookery", considered a masterwork in the basics of cookery and home management.
Bronte Family.   Family of writers, children of the Rev Patrick Bronte, vicar of Haworth, West Yorkshire. Charlotte (1816-55) {Jane Eyre 1847} Emily (1818-48) Anne (1820-49) Branwell (1817-48)
Brooke, Rupert
(1887-1915) Poet, born Rugby, Warwickshire. One of the Anti-War poets of WWI. "If I should die, think only this of me. That there's some corner of a foreign field that is forever England"
Byron, George Gordon, 6th Lord Byron
(1788-1824) Aristocratic poet and hellraiser.  Notorious womaniser.  Died after going to Greece to help fight the war of independence against the Turks.
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
(1772-1834) Romantic poet. Best known for The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan.
Dickens, Charles (1812 – 1870) Novelist, and social commentator. Wrote many well-known books (eg Oliver Twist 1839 A Christmas Carol 1844 David Copperfield 1850 Great Expectations 1861) that dealt with the conditions facing the under classes of his day.
George Eliot
(1819 -1880) Novelist. Real name Mary Ann Evans but took the name George Eliot because it was frowned upon for ladies to write. It was one of several aliases she used throughout her lifetime. Works include Adam Bede 1859 Mill on the Floss 1860 Silas Marner 1861 Middlemarch 1872 Daniel Deronda 1876
Glasse, Hannah Author, in 1747, of The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy, one of the first cookery books published in England. Noted for its line "First catch your hare", which was not, as commonly thought, in Beeton's cookery book.
Gray, Thomas.
(1716-1771) Poet. Author of Elegy in a Country Churchyard.
Jerome, Jerome K.  (1859-1927) Writer. Born Walsall 1859. Famous for "Three Men in a Boat. To Say Nothing of the Dog"(1889) .
Johnson, Samuel
(1709 - 1784) Writer and dictionary compiler
Lear, Edward (1812-1888) Artist and writer, best known for his Book of Nonsense.
Masefield, John  ( 1878 - 1967). Published 1902 "Salt-Water Ballads" containing the poem "Cargoes"
Owen, Wilfred
(1893-1918) Anti-war poet of WWI. Best known for "Dulce et Decorum"
Potter, Beatrix
(1866-1943) Author, artist and Lake District landowner famous for children's stories about animals. Her first was about Peter Rabbit who was originally described in a letter in 1893.
Sterne, Laurence.
(1713 -1768 ) Author of "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman", written while working as a clergyman at Coxwold, North Yorkshire (1761).
Tennyson, Alfred (Lord)
(1809 - 1892) English poet. Was Poet Laureate. Works include "The Kraken" (1830) "The Lady of Shalott"(1842) "Charge of the Light Brigade"
Thoreau, Henry David (1817 - 1862) Author of Civil Disobedience. "That government is best which governs least".
Whitman, Walt
(1819 -1892) Poet. Works include "Spontaneous Me" and "I Sing the Body Electric"
Wilde, Oscar
(1854-1900)  Writer, playwright, novelist, poems and short stories.  Notorious for his sexuality after being found guilty of gross indecency and imprisoned in Reading Gaol for homosexuality.
Wordsworth, William
(1770-1850) English Romantic Poet . Also known as one of the Lakeland Poets. Probably best known for the poem "The Daffodils".  "I wandered lonely as a cloud"