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British Literature 1640-1789 : An Anthology (Reprint) (Paperback)

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"This is a magisterial anthology, skilfully selected and rigorously edited by Robert DeMaria, with crisp, authoritative explanatory material. The fourth edition of British Literature 1640--1789 retains the exciting openness of earlier editions to voices from the margins while intensifying its focus on the major authors and works as we teach them today." Thomas Keymer, University of Toronto

"Already the gold standard for this period, British Literature 1640--1789 keeps getting better. The range and inclusiveness of genres and authors is remarkable and inventive -- no instructor will be at a loss for the canon or the non-canonical. In fact, this anthology helps reshape the canon. No such collection can ever be perfect, but this one comes as close to perfection as the form allows. Headnotes are superb and succinct, the layout and design eminently inviting to the eye." James Engell, Harvard University

Spanning the period from the British Civil War to the French Revolution, the fourth edition of this successful anthology brings together an exceptional range of literature, including many works by women writers of the period, selections of literature from private and public life, and sources from letters to political ballads. Maintaining the volume's enduring commitment to what were once referred to as "marginal" authors, the new edition also strengthens its coverage of canonical writings of the period, adding works by John Dryden, Alexander Pope, and Samuel Johnson.

The fourth edition has been significantly updated throughout, with revised introductions taking recent critical works and editions into account. In addition to expanding canonical writings, the anthology now contains four full plays, with Aphra Behn's The Rover and John Gay's Beggar's Opera having been added to this edition. There is also coverage of the development of British literature in the American colonies through the inclusion of a selection from Samson Occom and the Declaration of Independence. These works continue the anthology's original commitment to viewing the literary works of the period within their cultural context. Valuable student resources include a chronology of literary as well as political events to help guide readers through the broad and deep selection of works from this period.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 1194
Genre: Literary Criticism
Sub-Genre: European / English + Irish + Scottish + Welsh
Series Title: Wiley Blackwell Anthologies
Format: Paperback
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Language: English
Street Date: February 23, 2016
TCIN: 50779612
UPC: 9781118952481
Item Number (DPCI): 248-11-3361
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