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  • 1. English Literature

2. English Literature Great Britain gave the world a lot of talented people. Many famous writers and poets were born and lived in Great Britain. 3. William Shakespeare One of the best known English playwrights was William Shakespeare. He draws ideas for his tragedies and comedies from the history of England and ancient Rome. 4. William Shakespeare William Shakespeare wrote 37 plays which may be divided into: comedies (Midsummer Nights Dream), tragedies ( Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth) and historical plays (Richard II, Henry V, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra). Besides he wrote a lot of poetry, which is translated into many languages. 5. Robert Burns Robert Burns represents the generation of Romantic writers. In his poems he described with love and understanding the simple life he knew. He wrote many poems about his native Scotland. 6. Robert Burns Burns is dear to all people because he loved freedom and wanted all people to live in peace and friendship. Among his well-known poems are Halloween, The Jolly Beggars, To a Mouse. 7. George Gordon Lord Byron. His free-spirited life style combined with his rare poetic gift makes him one of the most famous figures of the Romantic Era. His famous works such as The Prisoner of Chillon, Childe Harolds Pilgrimage drew readers into the passion, humors and conviction of a poet whose life and work truly embodied the Romantic spirit. Byron wrote many poems, one of which was devoted to Ukrainian hetman Mazepa. His last work was a novel Don Yuan. 8. Rudyard Kipling Rudyard Kipling is famous for his wonderful poems and tales, childrens stories about animals and some books on history. In 1907 Kipling was awarded the Nobel prize for literature. His famous poem is Six Serving Men. 9. Charles Dickens Charles Dickens is one of the greatest novelists in the English literature. In his books he showed a real world and people of Victorian England. Charles Dickens worked at the blacking factory 10 hours a day, he hated it and never forgot the experience. He used it in many novels David Copperfield and Oliver Twist. The Pickwick Papers was his first great work which made him popular. 10. Charlotte Bronte Charlotte Bronte is a famous English writer too. She was born in a poor family. There were 6 children in it. After the death of Charlottes mother the four eldest girls were sent to Cowan Bridge school, which Charlotte described as Lowood in Jane Eyre which made her famous. Its poor conditions caused the deaths of Maria and Elizabeth and damaged Charlottes health. Later she set up her own school at Haworth with Emily. Her four published novels, which are in part autobiographical, are still widely read today. 11. Walter Scott Sir Walter Scott can be rightly called the creator of historical poems. He wrote 25 novels. Besides, he was the author of numerous stories, poems, articles, essays, biographies. The historical novels cover a period from the Middle Ages up to the 18th century. The central heroes of Scotts novels are young men of valour. They are usually of noble birth. Scotts historical characters as king Louis (Quentin Durward), King Richard (Ivanhoe) , Cromwell (Woodstock) are depicted with great vividness and depth. 12. Daniel Defoe The image of an enterprising Englishman of the 18th century was created by Daniel Defoe in his famous novel Robinson Crusoe. This book was one of the forerunners of the English 18th century realistic novel. The principal problem - influence of society on mans nature stands in the centre of all these novels. He glories human labour which is a source of pride and happiness. 13. Thank you for your attention!