Exploring Four of the UK’s Greatest Novelists

09/07/2022

When it comes to novels, Britain has produced some of the finest writers in the world. From classics like William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens to more modern authors like J.K. Rowling, the literary tradition of Britain is second to none. In this blog, we'll look more in-depth at some of the UK’s all-time greatest novelists.  

what's your story?We will also touch on how you can learn to follow in their footsteps with a master’s degree specialising in English and Creative writing at the University of Bolton. 

William Shakespeare 

There’s no denying that William Shakespeare is one of the most important authors in Western literature. Dubbed the "Bard of Avon," Shakespeare was a playwright, poet and actor who wrote some of the most famous works in the English language. While Shakespeare is best known for plays like Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, he also wrote several acclaimed narrative poems, such as Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. To this day, his works are studied in schools and universities across the world, and his influence can be seen in the works of countless other authors. He was even credited with adding more than 1700 words and phrases to the English language! 

Jane Austen 

Jane Austen is one of the most cherished authors in British literature. Best known for novels like Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, Austen was a master of the romantic comedy genre. Her work is known for its sharp wit, social commentary, and parodies of 18th-century life. Although Austen wrote during a time when women were expected to marry young and settle down, her novels often feature independent female characters who defy societal norms. Austen's novels are still hugely popular today, with several being adapted for film and television over the years. 

Charles Dickens  

A true Victorian gentleman, Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England in 1812. Dickens is one of the most famous authors of all time, and his works are beloved the world over. Dickens wrote over 15 novels, as well as numerous short stories, essays, and articles. His novels are known for their portrayal of Victorian society, as well as for their dark themes and moral messages. Among his most famous works are Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, and Great Expectations. 

JK Rowling 

Few authors have had as much success as JK Rowling. The creator of the Harry Potter series, Rowling has sold over 500 million copies of her books worldwide, making her one of the best-selling authors of all time. The Harry Potter series follows the adventures of boy wizard Harry Potter as he attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, makes close friends and powerful enemies and struggles against the evil forces that seek to defeat him. The books have been translated into over 80 languages and adapted into eight blockbuster films. In addition to her work on Harry Potter, Rowling has also written several other books for adults under the pen name Robert Galbraith. 

English and creative writing master's degree

Study a master’s degree at the University of Bolton 

Interested in following in the steps of these famous novelists? There’s no better place to express your creative freedom than with an MA (Specialist Title) via Creative Practice degree at Bolton University. If you are an English and Creative Writing graduate then you can tailor your postgraduate education to the specific specialism you want to excel in; by choosing from a range of optional modules, we can directly support your career ambitions.  

Our creative and dedicated lecturers are proud to use a teaching-intensive, research-informed approach to support you with a range of projects that aim to develop your creative practice. After all, any great novelist needs to have the creative mindset to be talented with words.  

For more information on how you can personalise your master’s degree to become an English and creative writing specialist, look at our full course details for the MA (Specialist Title) via Creative Practice degree on our website. 
 
Alternatively, you can speak to our team by emailing us at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or giving us a call on 01204 903807; we are here to help. 

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