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arthur machen
Mark Valentine
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<p>Arthur Conan Doyle called Machen a genius; Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats and H.G. Wells admired him. His classic horror novel T<em>he Great God Pan</em>, which both shocked and delighted contemporary readers with its dark portrayal of sexuality and its alluring villainess, has been favourably compared to Stevenson&rsquo;s <em...
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Edith Pargeter: Ellis Peters
Margaret Lewis
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<p>Ellis Peters is famous throughout the world as the author of the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, featuring her monastic medieval sleuth. Televised, adapted for radio, transformed in to talking books, the Cadfael novels have played a major role in turning crime writing into a literary genre. But there is more to Peters than her twenty...
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Francis Brett Young, Michael Hall
Michael Hall
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<p>Francis Brett Young (1884-1954) was one of the most prolific and successful authors of his era. His thirty novels and four collections of stories were published in more than two hundred editions and eleven languages, and were adapted for film and radio. At his peak Brett Young&rsquo;s novels sold half a million copies and he was the...
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laughter from the dark
Michael Parnell
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<p>Novelist, playwright, broadcaster, raconteur: by the time of his early death in 1981, Gwyn Thomas was widely admired as all these things, in addition to being a much-Ioved columnist in <em>Punch</em>. Once described as &rsquo;the greatest talker in the world&rsquo; he was the veteran entertainer of The Brains Trust and...
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Margiad Evans
Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan
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<p>Novelist, essayist, poet and writer of short stories, Margiad Evans (1909-1958) was one of the most remarkable women writers of the mid-twentieth century. Having published three novels, two autobiographical works and two volumes of poetry during her life, her relatively slim output belies considerable achievement in the face of...
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Gladys Mary Coles
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<p>Novelist, poet and mystic, Mary Webb (1881-1927) is an author undergoing revival and revaluation. Her most famous novel, <em>Precious Bane</em>, won the Prix Femina of 1924 and was recently televised. While her work was admired by Rebecca West, John Buchan, de la Mare and others during her lifetime, popular succes came only...
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necrologies
Meic Stephens
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<p>Perhaps nothing captures the zeitgeist of a person or their society than their obituary. <em>Necrologies</em> &ndash; as the French call them &ndash; is a gathering of sixty obituaries written by Meic Stephens for <em>The Independent </em>of &ldquo;writers, historians, artists, broadcasters, political...
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Wilfred Owen, Merryn Williams
Merryn Williams
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<div>Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) is now generally accepted to be the finest poet of the First World War, whose writing helped to define the term &#39;War Poet&#39;. Although he is widely studied, and has been the subject of a number of biographies and critical books, Owen, the man and the writer, has still to stand completely revealed....
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