The Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature

Paperback | March 1, 2001

EditorPat Rogers

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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 Audenare 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 merelythe 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.

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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 ...

Pat Rogers is the DeBartolo Professor of Humanities at the University of South Florida. He is author of numerous books, including Grub Street (1972), and editor of the Poems of Jonathan Swift (1983)

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 1.26 inPublished:March 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192854372

ISBN - 13:9780192854377

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Table of Contents

Pat Rogers: Introduction1. J.A. Burrow: Old and Middle English2. John Pitcher: Tudor Literature3. Philip Edwards: William Shakespeare4. Brian Vickers: The Seventeenth Century5. Isobel Grundy: Restoration and Eighteenth Century6. Claire Lamont: The Romantic Period7. Andrew Sanders: High Victorian Literature8. Bernard Bergonzi: Late to Modernist9. Marin Dodsworth: Mid-Twentieth-Century Literature

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`It's delightful to find contributors who love and enjoy literature -- it shows that English literature matters.'Spectator