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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2010

A vibrant portrait of a Beat Generation icon, WILLIAM S BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN explores the brilliant and troubled world of one of our greatest authors.

2.
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2012

From Executive Producer Roland Emmerich (Anonymous, Independence Day). A controversy 400-years in the making; who wrote the works of Shakespeare? Derek Jacobi leads a stellar cast in a quest to uncover the truth behind the world's most elusive author.

3.
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1999

Famous recluse J.D. Salinger has hidden from the world since "The Catcher in the Rye" took the world by storm.

4.
Available on:
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Year Released:
 1961

The documentary details the life and work of the celebrated Bengali writer Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 "because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West.

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by Don DeLillo
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1991

Film presented by author Don DeLillo, in which he explores the relationship between words and images, and between gunmen and the novelist, covering themes and events against which he sets his own fiction, including revolutions, natural disasters, toxic fall-out, plane crashes.

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by Peter Ackroyd
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2006

World changing events in the late 18th century - from the French Revolution via American Independence - instigated a new movement in the art, literature and thinking of Britain: The Romantics.

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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1985

Clips, an actor (Jack Coulter), and friends, including William S. Burroughs, profile the beatnik author of "On the Road."

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Available on:
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Year Released:
 1994

A 1994 documentary which goes on an imaginative tour from the Colorado grave where Dick is buried to the suburbs of California where he lived and worked. Talks to his ex-wives, friends and biographers - directed by Nicola Roberts for BBC Arena.

9.
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2009

Documentary film looking at the poetry of W H Auden, revealing how it came not just from inspiration but from a rigorous scientific analysis of love itself.

10.

by Hunter S. Thompson
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1978

Fear and Loathing on the Road to Hollywood, also known as Fear and Loathing in Gonzovision, is a documentary film produced by BBC Omnibus in 1978 on the subject of Hunter S. Thompson, directed by Nigel Finch.

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