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Gavin Maxwell

Poet

Gavin Maxwell (1914-1969) was a Scottish writer and naturalist. He is best known for his non-fiction writing on natural history, travel literature and otters! His notable work was Ring of Bright Water which sold more than a million copies and was made into a film in 1969. Some of Maxwell’s other works were Harpoon at a Venture, The Rocks Remain, God Protect Me from My Friends and The Pains of Death.

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Geoffrey Chaucer

Poet

Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400) was an English poet and writer widely acknowledged as the father of English literature; he was also the first poet buried in Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey. Chaucer’s most celebrated work, The Canterbury Tales, which contains several different stories within the main plot (of pilgrims travelling to Canterbury) is considered one of the greatest poetic works in the English language.

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George Bernard Shaw

Playwright

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was an Irish playwright, critic and political activist. After his novels were rejected by publishers, he started to write plays of which he wrote more than sixty. Some of his important works were Pygmalion, Saint Joan, Heartbreak House, Candida and Man and Superman. Bernard Shaw was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925 and also won an Academy Award for the Best Adapted Screenplay of his play, Pygmalion, in 1938.

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George Eliot

Novelist

Mary Ann Evans (1819-1880) – under the pen name of George Eliot – was an English novelist, poet and journalist. She was one of the most influential writers of the Victorian era. Her most important works were The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner, Romola, Middlemarch and Daniel Deronda. 

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George Gissing

Novelist

George Robert Gissing (1857-1903) was an eminent figure in 19th century Naturalist literature, writing twenty-three novels. Some of Gissing’s

well-known works include The Nether World, New Grub Street, Born In Exile and The Odd Women. 

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George Orwell

Novelist

Under the pen name of George Orwell, Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950) was a hugely successful English novelist, political essayist and journalist, known for his left-wing, anti-totalitarian views. Orwell wrote six novels and most of them were semi-autobiographical. Some of his best-known works were Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Homage to Catalonia and Down and Out in Paris and London. 

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