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English literature

Choose an item to start finding out about these literary classics, in the authors’ own hand.

Explore Romantic and Victorian literature.

Jane Austen’s History of England

Precocious wit from an enduring favourite of English literature

Beowulf

Unique manuscript of the Anglo-Saxon epic

Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

A milestone in the history of English literature

Thomas Malory's 'Le Morte Darthur'

Tales of chivalry from a 15th-century prison

Alexander Pope’s ‘Iliad’

An ancient Greek classic retold for the 18th century

William Blake’s ‘The Tyger’

The famous opening lines in the author’s own hand

Charles Dickens' 'Nicholas Nickleby'

From the master of plot and characterisation

Charlotte Brontë’s ‘Jane Eyre’

A 19th-century masterpiece of high romance

Alice’s Adventures Under Ground’

Enter a world where nothing is as it seems

Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Just So Stories’

Echoes of the Raj in a children's classic

Virginia Woolf’s ‘Mrs Dalloway’

A new style of writing reflects a day in 1920s London.

Image of Charles Dickens

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