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Great Writers Inspire

By Oxford University

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PLEASE NOTE: The 'Great Writers Inspire' project has its own website which features much more extensive, diverse and updated content. Please visit From Dickens to Shakespeare, from Chaucer to Kipling and from Austen to Blake, this significant collection contains inspirational short talks freely available to the public and the education community worldwide. This series is aimed primarily at first year undergraduates but will be of interest to school students preparing for university and anyone who would like to know more about the world's great writers. The talks were produced as part of the Great Writers Inspire Project which makes a significant body of material freely available on the subject of great works of literature and their authors. Visit to see how great writers can inspire you.

Customer Reviews


I call this the "Mansplainer" podcast. They speak with such confidence and swagger yet what they say is not particularly astute.

Needed More Depth for Me

While I can appreciate the speakers' enthusiasm for why a chosen author "inspired" them, there is a great deal missing in why "I" would be inspired. I was neither inspired to be a better writer nor a better person. This was merely reminiscent of 'bring your favorite person to school' day. This may be exciting for some, so give a few of the talks a try, but if those are not agreeable, do not hold hope that the others will be better.

Great Writers Inspire
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  • Category: Education
  • Language: English

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