English Literature: Its History and Significance for the Life of the English-Speaking World

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 1, 2013 - History - 500 pages
This book, which presents the whole splendid history of English literature from Anglo-Saxon times to the close of the Victorian Era, has three specific aims. The first is to create or to encourage in every student the desire to read the best books, and to know literature itself rather than what has been written about literature. The second is to interpret literature both personally and historically, that is, to show how a great book generally reflects not only the author's life and thought but also the spirit of the age and the ideals of the nation's history. The third aim is to show, by a study of each successive period, how our literature has steadily developed from its first simple songs and stories to its present complexity in prose and poetry.

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This book was first published in 1909, and it covers the history of English literature from Anglo-Saxon times in the mid 5th century to the end of the Victorian era in the late 19th century. My ... Read full review

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This old book has some interesting original plates in it, and in great shape being over a hundred years old, including a color plate in the front of the book, "Canterbury Pilgrims" that is separated with a tissue paper with the caption in red ink. Read full review



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