3. British Author (alphabetical):

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Jane Austen's Society This program examines the incredible social and political changes that took place during Jane Austen's lifetime and how those changes were reflected in the behavior of Austen's characters, as well as in her narrations and commentaries, earning the author a revered place in the world of literature.  (52 mins.)
Jane Austen (Longman)



The Longman series of writers traces faithfully Austen's history in English people are reflected in Austen's style of writing the program.

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The Brontes


This biographical introduction is intended in particular for those who are embarking upon upon a study of the author's work.
The Yorkshire of The Bronte Sisters


The Bronte sisters- Charlotte, Emily, and Anne-lived in Yorkshire the whole of their lives, and it is almost impossible to appreciate their work fully without knowing the landscape that forms the substance of their novels and poems. Almost every person they met, every place they visited, every scene they saw found itself into the work of one or more of the sisters. This program introduces those who have read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights to familiar territory: Haworth and its surrounding moors, the fields and streams and lakes of Yorkshire, the house in which Charlotte worked (and hated working!) as governess and which she portrayed in Jane Eyre. In all, it provides a remarkable look at three extraordinary English women authors.

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Arthur C. Clarke


Here is a far-ranging portrait of today's foremost science writer. Living in an otherworldly paradise in Sri Lanka while linked by laser to practical reality, Clarke talks about the writers who influenced him, principally H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. In this program the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey discusses his presentand future work, as well as the relationship between science and spirituality.
Prologue to Chaucer, A


This scholarly program reaches out to students of The Canterbury Tales to relate its characters and themes to everyday life in late 14th century England. Period art of exceptional reichness is combined with location photography that retraces the April pilgrimage to Archbishop Becket's shrine at the Canterbury; excerpts are read from various tales; and the famous beginning is heard in Middle English.
Geoffrey Chaucer



This program introduces the forms, themes, and major works in Medieval English literature, particularly the achievement of Chaucer. It shows how epic developed into romance, the importance of Arthurian legends, and the themes of other works like Pearl, Sir Gawain, Le Mort D'Arthur, and Piers Plowman.
Chaucer Reads Chaucer


A slightly useful tape if you want the class to hear some authentic Middle English, but use just a bit (Dr. Marguerite Connor).
Chaucer Reads Chaucer: The Miller's Tale 


In Queen Victoria's day, "The Miller's Tale" was expurgated from the complete Canterbury Tales. Fortunately, the modern sensibility responds with the laughter Chaucer intended to the most notoriously misdirected kiss in European literature. Here the tale is told as Chaucer might have told it - in Middle English (with modern English subtitles) and appropriate costume, to an audience of contemporaries who share Chaucer's astonishing combination of grossness and delicacy.


Geoffrey Chaucer: Poet and Pilgrim


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Examines the life and ideas of Geoffrey Chaucer and traces the route of his pilgrimage.

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Charles Dickens (Longman)


Charles Dickens is one of Britains greatest writers. His novels have been popular around the world for more than 150 years. Through his writing he fought for better conditions for children and the poor, but most of all he is remembered today for his wonderful stories and his unforgettable characters.
Charles Dickens

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Born to a life of obscurity and despair, his genius made him one of the most beloved and influential writers of all time. An A & E Biography.
Thomas Hardy and Dorset



Thomas Hardy Dorsets greatest literary son, liked to move places and buildings within his novels and poems. They are still here in his beloved county for all to see, but must first be found. This film enables you to find and enjoy them.

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William Golding



This program is an introduction to Lord of the Files. Golding talks about the origins of Lord of the Flies in his childhood, when he learned about the intricacies and brutalities of the English class.

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Writers  in conversation KAZUO ISHIGURO with Clive Sinclair

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Growing up in the shadow of the atom bomb - Need for critical encouragement - Moral crisis of post-war Japan - Role of research - Codes which govern modern Japanese fiction - using English to write about Japanese worlds. Biographical Information: Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasakiin 1954 and came to Britain in 1960. He attended the University of Kent at Canterbury and the University of East Anglia. His first novel, A Pale View of Hills (discussed with Malcolm Bradbury in Audio recording 17), was awarded the Winifred Holtby Prize by the Royal Society of Literature and received exceptional critical acclaim. His following novels include An Artist of The Floating World and The Remains of the Day which won the 1989 Booker Prize.
Kazuo Ishiguro

(Lannan Literary Videos)

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Kazuo Ishiguro, born in Nagasaki, Japan and raised in England, is the author of four novels including A Pale View of Hills, An Artist of the Floating World, and The Remains of the Day, which received the prestigious Booker Prize. Mr. Ishiguro read from his fourth novel, The Unconsoled, on October 19,1995. Pico Iyer, born in Oxford, England, is an essayist, journalist, and novelist. His first novel, Cuba and the Night, was published in 1995. His works of nonfiction are Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk, and Falling Off the Map.  (Color, 60 mins)

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James Joyce



The world of James Joyce begins with his transition of life - to traces back to the writer's birthplace to present Joyce's life story leave Dublin and starts a new life.

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John Keats:

1.Poet 2.His life and death


The program begins with the poets' death and subsequently present Keat's life story and idea of writing poetry.

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John Milton



The main focus of this program is on Milton's epic masterpiece, Paradise Lost. But first the character of the man himself is illustrated through the sonnet to his dead wife, Katherine, whom (because he was already blind when he met her) he had never seen.

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George Orwell



This documentary biography offers a perceptive look at the George the promise of Utopia Orwell who saw through the temptations of communist propaganda.

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Photographed in the magnificent 16th-century house and grounds of Beckley Park, Oxford shire, this program follows Shakespeare's development as dramatist and supreme bender of the English tongue to his own ends. The chronological path leads, by means of extracts, from Romeo and Juliet, King Henry V, Twelfth Night, Hamlet.
Sir Walter Scott

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Paintings are illustrated to introduce Scott's talent of being poet story are presented. His work represents the spirit of Scotland poet and novelist.
GRAHAM SWIFT in conversation with DAVID PROFUMO

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WITH DAVID PROFUMO using writing to explore the unknown,' Psychological aspects of writing - writing as therapy - Drawing upon emotion and intellect - Storytelling - third and first person narratives One of the most important talents to have recently emerged in fiction, Graham Swift is the author of a number of novels including Out of This World, Shuttlecock, which was awarded the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, Waterland, which was shortlised for the Booker prize and won the Guardian Fiction prize, and The Sweet Shop Owner. He is co-editor of the anthology, The Magic Wheel and author of the collection of short stories Learning to Swim and Other Stories.

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William Wordsworth



Although he spoke of "emotion recollected in tranquility" as his own method of work as he saw it, Wordsworth had a more complicated kind of poetics and wider (and deeper) sources. Photographed in the Lake District, which was the setting for much of Wordsworth's composition, this program gives an idea of the range of his poetry.

William Wordsworth The Lake Poets


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The works of William Wordsworth are read by Ted Hughes.

In August 1817 the Edinburgh Review used the term "Lake Poets" to describe the work of Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Southey. The term was used in a derisory context. Now, 180 years later, the term is used in anything but a derogatory fashion.

We now see the work of the Lake Poets, in particular that of Wordsworth and Coleridge, and specifically that written in the legendary 10-year period between 1797 and 1807, as defining the nature of modern poetry. This poetic revolution is a fascinating story. Certainly the location couldn't be bettered: the most outstandingly beautiful and atmospheric landscape in the British Isles: the Lake District.  (60 mins.)

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