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english literature

the body of written works produced in the English language by inhabitants of the British Isles (including Ireland) from the 7th century to the present day. The major literatures written in English outside the British Isles are treated separately under American literature, Australian literature, Canadian literature, and New Zealand literature.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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