Discover some of the finest poetry, prose and drama in the English language.
Beowulf is the longest epic poem in Old English, and one of the earliest surviving literary texts from the English-speaking world. From this unique manuscript, to the precocious wit of the teenage Jane Austen and the pathos of Wilfred Owen’s Great War poetry, the Library holds works from some of the greatest writers in the English language, spanning over 1000 years of literary history. Particularly fascinating are the drafts and re-drafts of some of our greatest literary treasures, which offer a unique insight into the processes and influences that have helped create these iconic works.
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