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Philip Larkin Collection | British Library
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Philip Larkin Collection | British Library

Philip Larkin Collection, British Library, poems, poets, poetry, English Literature

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Perceptions of childhood
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Perceptions of childhood

In the mid-18th century, childhood began to be viewed in a positive light, as a state of freedom and innocence. Professor Kimberley Reynolds explores how this new approach influenced 18th and

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The world's first postage stamp
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The world's first postage stamp

Penny Black postage stamp

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Dracula: the Victorian vampire
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Dracula: the Victorian vampire

The vampire is a complicated creature: caught between life and death, at once alluring and horrifying. Reflecting on the social, political and sexual anxieties of the period, Greg Buzwell

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William Blake's radical politics
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William Blake's radical politics

The French Revolution inspired London radicals and reformers to increase their demands for change. Others called for moderation and stability, while the government tried to suppress radical

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A declaration of the rights of Englishmen
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A declaration of the rights of Englishmen

View' A declaration of the rights of Englishmen', a pamphlet on the British Library's Discovering Literature website.

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William Blake’s Chimney Sweeper poems: a close reading
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William Blake’s Chimney Sweeper poems: a close reading

George Norton shows how William Blake’s Chimney Sweeper poems highlight the injustice and brutality suffered by child chimney sweeps in the late 18th and 19th centuries.

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An introduction to 'Goblin Market'
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An introduction to 'Goblin Market'

In ‘Goblin Market’, Christina Rossetti experiments with language, form and imagery to create a world of temptation and mystery. Dr Dinah Roe considers Rossetti’s influences and the different ways

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Victorian Christmas
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Victorian Christmas

Judith Flanders describes how many of our own Christmas traditions - from trees and crackers to cards and carols - have their origins in 19th-century industrial and commercial interests.

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George Eliot's women
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George Eliot's women

Why do so few of George Eliot’s female characters fulfil their potential? Professor Kathryn Hughes considers Eliot’s attitudes towards women’s rights, education and place in society, and how she

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