From the great epic poem Paradise Lost to the very first novels, we examine how English literature evolved during a period that ushered in political unrest, social change and global trade. Explore our collection of expert articles on key texts – including Oroonoko, Tristram Shandy and The Letters of Ignatius Sancho – or on subjects such as letter-writing, satire and the role of Britain’s Empire. Alongside this, the site provides access to over 150 unique manuscripts, books and other digitised sources, including maps, playbills and prints.
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