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 JOHN HUFFAM DICKENS (1812-1870) was a prolific, and enormously popular Victorian novelist who has retained his popularity to this day.
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 (1785-1859) was a writer, translator, and essayist. He is best known for a work entitled The Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.