"Newman, Sterne, Dickens, De Quincey"
John Henry Newman (1875 or earlier)
Public DomainJohn Henry Newman (1875 or earlier) - Credit: Jane Fortescue Seymour (died 1878)
Two pages of 1769 edition 'Tristram Shandy'
Public DomainTwo pages of 1769 edition 'Tristram Shandy' - Credit: Laurence Sterne

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN (1801-1890) was a Roman Catholic priest, cardinal, writer on theological matters, and poet. Amongst his most influential works are Via Media, Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine (1845) and Grammar of Assent (1870).

LAURENCE STERNE (1713-1768) was an Anglican clergyman and novelist who was brought up mainly in Ireland. One of his best known works is The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.



Charles Dickens
Public DomainCharles Dickens - Credit: unknown

CHARLES JOHN HUFFAM DICKENS (1812-1870) was a prolific, and enormously popular Victorian novelist who has retained his popularity to this day.

Amongst his numerous novels, some of the best known are Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol and Great Expectations.


Oliver Twist characters on comic book
Public DomainOliver Twist characters on comic book - Credit: unknown

He is renowned for creating a host of memorable characters including (to name but a few) Scrooge, Oliver Twist, Mr Micawber, Miss Havisham, Uriah Heep, Bill Sikes and Mrs. Gamp, all of whom are widely recognisable figures within popular literary culture.





Thomas de Quincey
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THOMAS DE QUINCEY (1785-1859) was a writer, translator, and essayist. He is best known for a work entitled The Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.