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Why Is Shakespeare Still Important?

Why Is Shakespeare Still Important?

William Shakespeare is (arguably) the most recognisable name in English literature. And even if you haven’t heard of him, you’ll know about some of his plays, like Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet. Even beyond that, if you’ve ever seen an actor chatting to a skull, or...

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Oxford’s Literary Connections

Oxford’s Literary Connections

A magical wardrobe, the rising hills of Hobbiton, a Mad Hatter’s tea party: Oxford has represented all of these things to the writers who created them. And with a nudge in the right direction, the literary locations of the city can be brought to life for any visitor...

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How To Write For A Living

How To Write For A Living

If you like words and you’ve ever considered a career involving writing, you’ve probably thought about becoming a journalist or a novelist. Those are both very well-known ways to write for a living, but how do you get started? And what if there are other ways to write...

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Oxford’s Great Writers

Oxford’s Great Writers

For a prospective student of literature or a self-confessed bookworm, there’s nothing quite as humbling as standing in the footsteps of Oxford’s rich alumni of literary giants. From Romantic poets to fantasy legends and pioneers in detective writing, this city holds...

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How To Write The Perfect Essay

How To Write The Perfect Essay

If you decide to study English or a subject within Arts and Humanities at university, it’s going to involve a lot of essay writing. It’s a challenging skill to master because it requires both creativity and logical planning, but if you ensure you do the following...

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Classic Books Everyone Should Read

Classic Books Everyone Should Read

There’s a lot of debate as to what makes certain books ‘classics’ – is it longevity, popularity, literary merit or all of the above? Are all the books we view as ‘classic’ deserving of that title? Should some lesser-known books be considered ‘classics’ instead? There...

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Creative Writing Tips

Creative Writing Tips

Some people will tell you that creative writing can’t be taught and that there are no hard and fast rules for success, and to an extent this is true: you need a little bit of natural talent and a lot of luck to make it as a writer. However, that certainly doesn’t mean...

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10 Books for Every English Degree Reading List

10 Books for Every English Degree Reading List

If you’re thinking of applying for an English Literature degree, one of the key things you’ll be talking about in your personal statement is the books you’ve read. While it’s good to discuss the books you’ve studied in class, it’s even more important to show that...

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What is Studying English Literature Really Like?

Are you considering studying English Literature at university? Do you want to find out more information about what courses at different institutions are like, to find out which might be best for you? We know that the content of courses can vary quite a lot between...

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