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Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature

ISBN-10: 0192854372
ISBN-13: 9780192854377
Edition: 2001
Authors: Pat Rogers
List price: $41.00
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Description: Britain possesses a literary heritage which is almost unrivalled in the Western world. In this lavishly illustrated volume, the richness, diversity, and continuity of that tradition are explored by a group of Britain's foremost literary scholars.  More...

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Book details

List price: $41.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/28/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.882
Language: English

Britain possesses a literary heritage which is almost unrivalled in the Western world. In this lavishly illustrated volume, the richness, diversity, and continuity of that tradition are explored by a group of Britain's foremost literary scholars. Chapter by chapter the authors trace the history of English literature, from the earliest Anglo-Saxon poetry to the present day. At its heart towers Shakespeare, who is accorded a special chapter to himself. Other major figures such as Chaucer, Milton, Donne, Wordsworth, Dickens, Eliot, and Auden are treated in depth, and the story is brought right up to date with discussion of living authors such as Seamus Heaney and Harold Pinter. The illustrations have been chosen by the contributors to exemplify and bring to life the content and concerns of the text. They range in subject from manuscripts and book illustrations to works of art and architecture, portraits, social scenes, landscapes, and caricatures, and illuminate not merely the material of literature but also the social, political, and personal aspects of our literary history. The contributors have succeeded in weaving together the complex strands of English literature into a highly readable narrative, accessible to the general reader and student alike.

Introduction
Old and Middle English
Tudor Literature
William Shakespeare
The Seventeenth Century
Restoration and Eighteenth Century
The Romantic Period
High Victorian Literature
Late to Modernist
Mid-Twentieth-Century Literature

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