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Writers with a Cambridge connection

These writers all have some connection with Cambridge or Cambridgeshire (UK), some close, some tenuous. The websites are either their own websites (when I can find them!), or sites which give some information about them. Please suggest new names, or additional links or information. picture of pen

Novelists
Poets and Playwrights
Non-fiction

Novelists

Adams, Douglas 1952-2001 website Studied at St John's college
Allingham, Margaret 1904-1966 website Educated at Perse School for girls - one of her detective stories was based in Cambridge
Archer, Jeffrey 1940- website Lives at Grantchester
Boston L M 1892-1990 website Wrote the Green Knowe children's books about her house at Hemingford Grey
Byatt, A S 1936- website Studied at Newnham college
Drabble, Margaret 1939- website Studied at Newnham college
Forster, E M 1879-1970 website Studied at King's college
Hornby, Nick 1957- website Taught at Parkside Community College
James, Clive 1939- website Studied at Pembroke college
James, P D 1920-2014 website Educated at Cambridge Girls' High School
Kingsley, Charles 1819-1875 website Studied at Magdalene college
Lewis, C S 1898-1963 website At Magdalene college
Milne, A A 1882-1956 website Studied at Trinity college - wrote Winnie the Pooh
Pearce, Philippa 1920-2006 website childhood in Great Shelford and went to the Perse
Searle, Ronald 1920-2011 website Born in Cambridge - worked for Cambridge Daily News
Smith, Ali 1962- website Lives in Cambridge
Snow, C P 1905-1980 website Studied at Christ's college
Sharpe, Tom 1928-2013 website Studied at Pembroke college and lectured at Cambridge College of Arts and Technology
Sterne, Laurence 1713-1768 website Studied at Jesus College - wrote Tristram Shandy
Thackeray, William 1811-1868 website Studied at Trinity college and lost a poetry prize to Tennyson
Unwin, Fred 1915-2014 website Wrote many books about life in Cambridge
White, T H 1906-1964 website Studied at Queens' College
Woolf, Virginia 1882-1941 website Friend of Rupert Brooke & took tea at 'The Orchard'


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Poets and Playwrights

Brooke, Rupert 1887-1915 website Studied at King's college - wrote Granchester
Byron (Lord) 1788-1824 website Studied at Trinity college - reputed to have been sent down for having a bear in his room
Calverley, C S 1831-1884 website Wrote Ode to Tobacco which is inscribed on the corner of Rose Crescent
Coleridge, Samuel 1772-1834 website Studied at Jesus college
Dryden, John 1631-1700 website Studied at Trinity college
FitzGerald, Edward 1809-1883 website Studied at Trinity college - translated the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
Fletcher, John 1579-1625 website Studied at Corpus Christi college
Gray, Thomas 1716-1771 website Studied at Pembroke college
Housman, A E 1859-1936 website Studied at Trinity college - wrote A Shropshire Lad
Hughes, Ted 1930-1998 website Studied at Pembroke college
Marlowe, Christopher 1564-1593 website Studied at Corpus Christi college
Milton, John 1608-1674 website Studied at Christ's college
Plath, Sylvia 1932-1963 website Studied at Newnham college
Sassoon, Siegfried 1886-1967 website Studied at Clare college - anti-war poet
Spenser, Edmund 1552-1599 website Studied at Pembroke college - write The Faerie Queen
Tennyson, Alfred 1809-1892 website Studied at Trinity college - statue in Trinity chapel
Wordsworth, William 1770-1850 website Studied at St John's college


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Non-fiction

Bacon, Francis 1561-1626 website Studied at Trinity College
Darwin, Charles 1809-1882 website Studied at Christ's college - wrote The Voyage of the Beagle
Frazer, James 1854-1941 website Studied at Trinity college - wrote The Golden Bough
Greer, Germaine 1939- website Studied at Newnham college - wrote The Female Eunuch
Hawking, Stephen 1942- website Wrote Brief History of Time
Newton, Isaac 1642-1727 website Studied at Trinity college - wrote Principia Mathematica
Pepys, Samuel 1633-1703 website Studied at Magdalene college - wrote his Diary
Raverat, Gwen 1885-1957 website Grand-daughter of Chareles Darwin - wrote Period Piece - a Cambridge childhood
Russell, Bertrand 1872-1970 website Wrote A History of Western Philosophy


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