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Hey all!

I'm in my final year of high school wanting to study English Literature with Creative Writing at uni (Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle, Bristol) but am missing some authors to put in my PS.

Anybody got any good suggestions that will wow the crowd? My first draft has to be in next Friday so no Count of Monte Cristos please haha.

ESPECIALLY looking for 18th-century writers - Read one Austen novel but that's all and I'm starting to have a bit of a panic.
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I think the key point of a PS is not just to list things but to reflect on them, so quantity is hardly essential, passion and insight into what you've read is.

Having said that, if you need some rapid C18th literature, I'd go straight to poetry. You can't really go wrong with any Coleridge, Keats, Byron, Burns. My personal rec would be William Blake Songs of Innocence and Experience. Just gorgeous to read, enormously influential, bite-sized, social commentary, great imagery.
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There are lots of possible options for Victorian literature, but very few you could productively read and analyse in a week I would think...

You might be best off focusing on poetry, especially shorter poems? You could then at least read a couple of complete poems then analyse them a little. I'm not that familiar with Victorian poetry but I'm sure there are various options, George Eliot might be one to consider? Emily Dickinson might be also an option for contemporaneous American poetry. That said I've never actually read any of their poetry so it might be quite long and/or dense! Otherwise some of the Brontë’s books are relatively short, although content wise I think slow going in spite of that.

However I think one novel which you have thought about in depth and situated well within its social context would be just as if not more valuable than a whole string of other works you've read but not thought about. So you may find it just as productive to focus on the texts you have actually read, but consider different perspective and analytical frameworks from which to approach them.
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There are lots of possible options for Victorian literature, but very few you could productively read and analyse in a week I would think...

You might be best off focusing on poetry, especially shorter poems? You could then at least read a couple of complete poems then analyse them a little. I'm not that familiar with Victorian poetry but I'm sure there are various options, George Eliot might be one to consider? Emily Dickinson might be also an option for contemporaneous American poetry. That said I've never actually read any of their poetry so it might be quite long and/or dense! Otherwise some of the Brontë’s books are relatively short, although content wise I think slow going in spite of that.

However I think one novel which you have thought about in depth and situated well within its social context would be just as if not more valuable than a whole string of other works you've read but not thought about. So you may find it just as productive to focus on the texts you have actually read, but consider different perspective and analytical frameworks from which to approach them.
Thank you! I’m sorted on the 19th century mostly I think - Conrad, Dickens and Wilde 👍🏻
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Thank you! I’m sorted on the 19th century mostly I think - Conrad, Dickens and Wilde 👍🏻
Oh right I converted the century date the wrong direction haha

For some reason I thought Austen was a lot later than she was...

No idea about that century, everything we studied I think landed before or after that
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Hey all!

I'm in my final year of high school wanting to study English Literature with Creative Writing at uni (Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle, Bristol) but am missing some authors to put in my PS.

Anybody got any good suggestions that will wow the crowd? My first draft has to be in next Friday so no Count of Monte Cristos please haha.

ESPECIALLY looking for 18th-century writers - Read one Austen novel but that's all and I'm starting to have a bit of a panic.
Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal?
It's very (very) short, quite bizarre, but read from a C21st perspective really chilling. Very influential even now on both horror story writers and politicians.
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I think the key point of a PS is not just to list things but to reflect on them, so quantity is hardly essential, passion and insight into what you've read is.

Having said that, if you need some rapid C18th literature, I'd go straight to poetry. You can't really go wrong with any Coleridge, Keats, Byron, Burns. My personal rec would be William Blake Songs of Innocence and Experience. Just gorgeous to read, enormously influential, bite-sized, social commentary, great imagery.
Thank you so much!! I really need poetry so this is a great help
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Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal?
It's very (very) short, quite bizarre, but read from a C21st perspective really chilling. Very influential even now on both horror story writers and politicians.
Omg that sounds brilliant will deffo read ty
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