Original Bookmark Series

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The Original Bookmark series is intended to supplement the enthusiasm of the literature teacher and student in secondary school and to provide additional independent resources for readers wanting to broaden their engagement with literature.

Each Bookmark deals in about 3000 words with three or four readily accessible texts, and suggests approaches to them, challenging the non-specialist reader of 16+ with suggestions for further exploration in plays, novels, poetry or criticism. Bookmarks are written by both teachers and students of literature.


  1. The Modern Short Story: Peter Banham
    Texts covered: The Penguin Book of Short Stories
  2. Modern Drama: Victor Hext
    Texts covered: Pinter - The Caretaker; Brecht - The Life of Galileo; Shaffer - Amadeus
  3. Three Renaissance Writers: Roy Booth
    Texts covered: Marlowe - Dr Faustus; Webster - The Duchess of Malfi; Donne - Songs and Sonets
  4. The Victorian Novel: Martin Blocksidge
    Texts covered: Dickens - Great Expectations; Bronte - Jane Eyre; Eliot - The Mill on the Floss; Hardy - Jude the Obscure  
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  5. Novels Set in India: John Tough
    Texts covered: Kaye - The Far Pavilions; Masters - Bhowani Junction; Forster - A Passage to India
  6. Emily Dickinson: Peter Cash
    A close reading of thirteen poems   
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  7. Novels Set in Africa: Grahame Addecott
    Texts covered: Elaversi - Burning Grass; Achebe - Things Fall Apart; Lessing - The Grass is Singing; Thiong'o - Weep Not Child  
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  8. Three Northern Irish Poets: Charles Bennett
    Authors covered: Mahon; Heaney; Longley  
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  9. Novels Set in Ancient Greece and Rome: Grahame Addecott
    Texts covered: Renault - The King Must Die; Graves - I, Claudius; Massie - Augustus  
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  10. Post War British Theatre: James Hansford
    Texts covered: Beckett - Waiting for Godot; Bond - Saved; Churchill - Top Girls  
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  11. Some First World War Poets: Lisa Broadway
    Poets covered: Rupert Brooke; Wilfred Owen; Siegfried Sassoon; Isaac Rosenberg; Robert Graves   
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  12. Aspects of the French Novel: David Taylor
    Texts covered: Madame de Lafayette - The Princesse de Cleves; Gide - Strait is the Gate, The Immoralist; Perec - W, or the Memory of Childhood  
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  13. Some Novels from South Africa: Grahame Addecott
    Texts covered: Gordimer - A World of Strangers; Paton - Cry, the Beloved Country; Coetzee - Age of Iron
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  14. Biography and Autobiography: David Bradshaw
    Texts covered: White and Gribbin - Stephen Hawking; Cadogan - The Woman Behind William: Richmal Crompton; Angelou - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings   
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  15. The Poems of Thomas Hardy: Peter Cash
    A close reading of twenty-six poems
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  16. Philip Larkin: Andrew Swarbrick 
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  17. Stylistics: Linguistics for the Student of Literature: Ean Taylor
    Texts covered: Wales - A Dictionary of Stylistics; Blake - An Introduction to the Language of Literature; Leech and Short - Style in Fiction  
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  18. John Fowles: Mary-Anne Harrington
    Texts covered: The Collector; The French Lieutenant's Woman 
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  19. E.M. Forster: Kate Gould
    Texts covered: A Room with a View; Howards End   
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  20. Iris Murdoch's Early Novels: Hilda D. Spear
    Texts covered: Under the Net; The Bell; An Unofficial Rose  
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  21. Isaac Rosenberg and Keith Douglas: Louise Williams 
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  22. The Heroines of Barbara Pym: Emma Gardiner
    Texts covered: Excellent Women; Less Than Angels; A Glass of Blessings   
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  23. Three Jewish American Novels: Stephen Wade
    Texts covered: Bellow - Herzog; Potok - The Chosen; Roth - Goodbye, Columbus  
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  24. Three Tragic Novels of Thomas Hardy: Alma Evers
    Texts covered: The Mayor of Casterbridge; The Return of the Native; Tess of the d'Urbervilles  
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  25. Three Eighteenth Century Authors: Martin Blocksidge
    Texts covered: Swift - Gulliver's Travels; Pope - The Rape of the Lock; Johnson - Selected Writings  
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  26. The Lyrics of A.E. Housman: Sarah Buckley 
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  27. Four Gothic Tales: Thomas Craig
    Texts covered: Walpole - The Castle of Otranto; Shelley - Frankenstein; Poe - The Fall of the House of Usher; Stoker - Dracula
  28. Anthony Burgess: Rob Spence
    Texts covered: A Clockwork Orange; Nothing Like the Sun; Earthly Powers  
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  29. Travel Writing: Tom Wharton
    Texts covered: The Best of Granta Travel; Waugh - When the Going Was Good; Robinson - Unsuitable for Ladies
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  30. Understanding Shakespearean Tragedy with Aristotle: Louisa Dreisin
    Texts covered: Aristotle - Poetics; Shakespeare's Tragedies; Sophocles - Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus  
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  31. The Poetry of Charles Tomlinson: Ian Brinton 
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  32. W.H. Auden: Poems of the 1930s: Ian Parks 
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  33. Three Middleton Tragedies: Paul Dean
    Texts covered: The Revenger's Tragedy; Women Beware Women; The Changeling  
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  34. The Poetry of Edward Thomas: Ian Brinton 
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  35. The Lyrics of Laurie Lee: Peter Cash
    Texts covered: The Sun My Monument, The Bloom of Candles, My Many-Coated Man
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  36. Three Novels of William Faulkner: William Woodrow
    Texts covered: As I Lay Dying; The Unvanquished; Go Down Moses  
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  37. To and from Rome: John Donne, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Robert Lowell as Catholic Writers: Anthony Haynes  
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  38. The Poetry of John Clare: John Wareham  
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  39. Classical and Modern - Reading with Fresh Understanding: Louisa Dreisin  
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  40. Birds, Beasts and Flowers: Poems of D.H. Lawrence: John Wareham  
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  41. Cool Britannia? Three Plays About Modern Britain: Chris Megson
    Texts covered: Racing Demon; Murmuring Judges; The Absence of War, by David Hare  
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  42. The Novels of Graham Swift: Ian Brinton
    Texts covered: Waterland; Last Orders  
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  43. Arthur Miller's Drama: Mark Leech
    Texts covered: All My Sons; Death of a Salesman; A View from the Bridge; The Price; The Last Yankee 
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  44. Samuel Beckett: Ian Brinton
    Texts covered: Molloy; Malone Dies; The Unnamable  
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  45. W.B. Yeats: Declan Kiely  
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  46. Ted Hughes: Peter Cash
    Texts covered: The Thought-Fox, The Horses, Hawk Roosting, An Otter 
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  47. Ernest Hemingway: William Woodrow
    Texts covered: Fiesta (The Sun Also Rises); A Moveable Feast; The Old Man and the Sea
  48. U.A. Fanthorpe: Kathleen Bell  
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  49. Tony Harrison: David Thorley  
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  50. Ivor Gurney: Hugh Underhill  
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  51. Pat Barker's 'Regeneration' Trilogy: Hilda D. Spear  
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  52. Robert Graves: the Love Poems: Ian Parks
  53. The African Short Stories of Muriel Spark: Abdel-Moneim Aly  
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  54. Sylvia Plath: William Woodrow  
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  55. The Poetry of R.S. Thomas: Malcolm Hebron  
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  56. Three Regional Poets: George Mackay Brown, Norman Nicholson and R.S. Thomas: William Woodrow 
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  57. Carol Ann Duffy: Peter Cash
    Texts covered: Selected Poems; The World's Wife  
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  58. Restoration Comedies: Peter Cash
    Texts covered: Wycherley - The Country Wife; Etherege - The Man of Mode; Aphra Behn - The Rover; Vanbrugh - The Relapse; Congreve - The Way of the World; Farquhar - The Recruiting Officer; The Beaux' Stratagem  
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  59. Robert Frost: Peter Cash
    A close reading of sixteen poems
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  60. The Poetry of Basil Bunting: Ian Brinton 
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  61. Shelley and Revolution: Ian Parks  
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  62. Edmund Blunden and the Georgian Dilemma: Rennie Parker  
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  63. Crossing the Sexual Divide: Catherine Belsey
    Texts covered: Virginia Woolf - Orlando, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, The Merchant of Venice 
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  64. Raymond Carver: Peter Cash
    Texts covered: They're Not Your Husband, The Student's Wife, So Much Water So Close To Home, Jerry and Molly and Sam, The Ducks, Tell the Women We're Going, How About This? 
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  65. Wilfred Owen: Peter Cash
    Poems covered: The Sentry, Exposure, Dulce et Decorum Est, Anthem for Doomed Youth, Futility, Insensibility, The Send-Off, Strange Meeting, The Last Laugh 
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  66. Gerard Manley Hopkins: Peter Cash
    Poems covered: As Kingfishers Catch Fire . . ., The Windhover, Binsey Poplars, Spring, Pied Beauty, Hurrahing in Harvest, The Starlight Night, Felix Randal, I Wake and Feel, Thou Art Indeed Just, Lord
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  67. Alfred Tennyson: Peter Cash
    A close reading of fourteen poems
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  68. Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness : Peter Cash
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  69. Tennessee Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire: Peter Cash
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  70. John Steinbeck: Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row
    Appendix: Of Mice and Men:
    Peter Cash
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  71. Laurie Lee: Cider With Rosie: Peter Cash
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  72. John Cheever Stories: Part 1: Paul Dean
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  73. John Cheever Stories: Part 2: Paul Dean
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  74. The Early Work of Geoffrey Hill Part 1: For the Unfallen: J.D. Hughes
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  75. The Early Work of Geoffrey Hill Part 2: King Log: J.D. Hughes
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  76. Pre-1915 GCSE Poems: Peter Cash
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  77. Post-1915 GCSE Poems: Peter Cash
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  78. Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep: Peter Cash
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  79. D.H. Lawrence: Six Animal Poems: Peter Cash
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