British Literature

English literature is the literature written in the English language, including literature composed in English by writers not necessarily from England; for example, Robert Burns was Scottish, James Joyce was Irish, Joseph Conrad was born in Poland, Dylan Thomas was Welsh, Edgar Allan Poe was American, V.S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad, and Vladimir Nabokov was Russian, but all are considered important writers in the history of English literature. In other words, English literature is as diverse as the varieties and dialects of English spoken around the world. In academia, the term often labels ...more

A Slow Fire Burning
Rock Paper Scissors
The Reading List
Sisters in Arms
Once There Were Wolves
Battle Royal (Palace Insiders, #1)
The Last Chance Library
The Mismatch
The Bookseller's Secret
Bombshell (Hell's Belles, #1)
The Manningtree Witches
The Last Debutantes
Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche (Enola Holmes #7)
At Summer's End
Her Heart for a Compass
The Heron's Cry (Two Rivers, #2)
The Therapist
Home Stretch
The Holiday
The Scarlet Dress
Bring Them Home (Detective Karen Hart, #1)
Devil in Disguise (The Ravenels, #7)
Sorrow and Bliss
The Reading List
The Disappearing Act
The Appeal
Playing Nice
Mrs England
How to Kill Your Family
Where Secrets Lie (Detective Karen Hart, #2)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenJane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëThe Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. TolkienWuthering Heights by Emily Brontë1984 by George Orwell
Best British and Irish Literature
1,082 books — 1,173 voters
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainThe Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor DostoevskyDr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis StevensonTreasure Island by Robert Louis StevensonA Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
Best Books of the Decade: 1880s
343 books — 401 voters

Animal Farm by George OrwellCoraline by Neil GaimanThe Metamorphosis by Franz KafkaStrange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis StevensonThe Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Best Knock-out Novelettes - Novellas
306 books — 341 voters
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. RowlingTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeJane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëTwilight by Stephenie MeyerThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Anything You Really Liked
2,046 books — 722 voters

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa GregoryThe Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison WeirThe Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa GregoryWolf Hall by Hilary MantelThe Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
Best Books About Tudor England
605 books — 1,602 voters
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark HaddonAtonement by Ian McEwanNever Let Me Go by Kazuo IshiguroOne Day by David NichollsOn Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
Contemporary British Novels
532 books — 570 voters

Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
Wuthering Heights
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
Animal Farm
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
Sense and Sensibility

William Blake
And did those feet in ancient time Walk upon England's mountains green? And was the holy Lamb of God On England's pleasant pastures seen? And did the Countenance Divine Shine forth upon our clouded hills? And was Jerusalem builded here, Among these dark Satanic Mills? Bring me my Bow of burning gold: Bring me my Arrows of desire: Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold! Bring me my Chariot of fire! I will not cease from Mental Fight, Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand, Till we have built Jerusale ...more
William Blake, Milton: A Poem

The British do not expect happiness. I had the impression, all the time that I lived there, that they do not want to be happy; they want to be right.
Quentin Crisp

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