Some names of neoclassical writers include Jane Austen, John Bunyan, Daniel Defoe, John Dryden and Henry Fielding. Other well-known neoclassical writers were Ben Johnson, John Milton, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift and Voltaire. Milton, author of "Paradise Lost," is sometimes cited as the most influential neoclassical writer.Continue Reading
Neoclassical writing spans the years 1660 to 1798. It first developed in France and soon became popular in England as well. Neoclassical literature encompasses many genres, including novels, essays, satires and poetry. As a response to the chaos of the previous Renaissance period, neoclassical literature turned towards order and restraint. Its writers favored clarity and simplicity. Rather than inventing new words and phrases, neoclassical writers studied grammar and coveted dictionaries.
Some of the main literary characteristics of the period include an imitation of classical form, a belief that honor comes from reputation, a polite and witty style, a distrust of innovation and a valuing of communication over self-expression. In addition, neoclassical writers strove for ideals of accuracy, logic, order and propriety.
The neoclassical period is divided into three parts: The Restoration Age from 1660 to 1700, the Augustan Age from 1700 to 1750, and the Age of Johnson from 1750 to 1798. In addition to literature, the neoclassical movement also affected visual arts, theater, music and architecture.Learn more about Literature
To find a literary agent, an unpublished writer can consult references such as AgentQuery or a current edition of "Writer's Market," attend writer's conferences or research who represents her favorite writers. As of November 2015, AgentQuery maintains a searchable database that allows writers to search by name, book title or genre. Aspiring writers who prefer to use a hard-copy source can find similar information in directories such as "Writer's Market."Full Answer >
Some of the most famous play writers (or playwrights) include William Shakespeare, Arthur Miller and Tom Stoppard. While Shakespeare is long deceased and Miller died in 2005, Stoppard has enjoyed popularity with his 2006 play "Rock 'n' Roll." He also contributed his play writing expertise to the screenplay for "Shakespeare in Love," which was released to critical acclaim in 1998.Full Answer >
Some of the resources available for help writing a story include online and print magazines such as "Writer's Digest" and the Write Practice, as well as blogs and forums for beginning writers. It is also a good idea to read a lot of stories to understand how they work in terms of narrative and characters. A local writing group or workshop can also provide a great deal of help with writing a story.Full Answer >
In fiction and nonfiction, structure helps writers progress from one set of ideas and events to the next, producing consistent themes that recur throughout the composition. For example, in J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series, the main character is an orphan who lives in two worlds and often feels alienated in both environments. The sequential structure of the books juxtaposes Harry's different environments, surrogate families and similarities to the villain to explore themes of homelessness, sacrifice and finding acceptance.Full Answer >