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When and why did "No man is an island" start being regarded as a poem?

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Chilli peppers in fifteenth-century India?

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Did Philip Larkin use a swearword while quoting from Pym's Excellent Women?

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British Duke is murdered in elevator. Title is inherited by one of a pair of identical twins, both of whom are suspects

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"Miss" as a form of address to a married teacher in Bethan Roberts' "My Policeman"

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What classic mystery novels and stories led to "the butler did it" becoming a cliché?

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Origin and significance of E-I-E-I-O in the Old MacDonald song

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Where in the New York City metro area does Ludwik live?

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How many children had Lady Macbeth?

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What does "Catholic privilege" mean in Pym's Excellent Women?

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Where does Emma Woodhouse’s family fortune come from?

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How does the trans community view Gore Vidal's 'Myra Breckinridge'?

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Origin of the story of Gilbert and the Saracen maid

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When and why did the spelling "Shakespeare" become standardized?

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What is the Strand Magazine short story Freud summarizes in "The 'Uncanny'"?

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Is the title best translated "A Dollhouse", "A Doll House" or "A Doll's House"?

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What is the textual source for the original ending of Austen's Persuasion?

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What were the poems other than those by Donne in the Melford Hall manuscript?

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What is the source of this poem/song Captain Hastings quotes in Agatha Christie's "The Market Basing Mystery"?

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Did Ibsen have any known response to Shaw's Quintessence of Ibsenism?

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What is going on with Edmée's marriage settlement?

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Has the Melford Hall manuscript poem "Whoso terms love a fire" been attributed to any poet—Donne, Roe, or other?

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Was Agatha Christie's short story "Magnolia Blossom" inspired by Ibsen?

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What is the evidence that Jonathan Swift wrote "The Grand Mystery"?

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Mad Magazine comic strip about a boy pondering over existence (and "I think, therefore I am")

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Why does the narrator in Tagore's story call the Cabuliwallah's daughter "Parbati"?

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How does Irishness affect subject-formation and national identification in Kipling's *Kim* and Tagore's *Gora*?

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What are the originals of the poems Tagore has translated from English into Bengali?

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Why does Petrarch's sequence of poems to Laura have three different titles?

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What is the relationship between Tagore's poems and his song lyrics?