“All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil: and Edward Hyde, alone, in the ranks of mankind, was pure evil.” Whilst Y11 draw towards the end of their Victorian Literature studies, it’s not too …

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Casting back to my dim and distant childhood, I’m not sure if I can remember anyone who had more influence on me until I made the transition to reading ‘adult’ books than today’s birthday boy … Robert Louis Stevenson, sometimes described …

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“Long is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads up to light.” You can probably tell from this Literary Anniversaries series that this is something I’ve been interested in for a while.  It’ll come as no surprise that …

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For fans or students of Angela Carter, it’s worth noting that the BBC seem to regularly stage her work, or feature her in their playlist of favourite/important authors. And here are a couple more links to radio adaptations that are …

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Oscar Wilde: playwright, wit, writer, aesthete and notorious Victorian homosexual, was born today in 1854. We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Wilde is probably best known for his whimsical yet satirical …

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I can think of at least two films that honour today’s author by calling him Mister Edgar Allan Poe, who died today in 1849 at the age of only 40.  If you want to know which they are, I reveal the answers …

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A birthday girl AND a birthday boy today.  On the one hand, we have a special birthday, and on the other hand we have an even more special author: decisions, decisions … The special occasion is for Anne Rice, who …

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