An outline of English literature

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Pat Rogers
Oxford University Press, Dec 3, 1992 - Literary Criticism - 490 pages
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Britain boasts a literary heritage second to none in the Western world. In this lavishly illustrated volume, the richness, diversity, and continuity of this tradition are explored in depth by some of England's foremost literary scholars. Through the course of the book the authors--all experts in their chosen fields--trace the evolution of English literature, from its first stirrings in Anglo-Saxon poetry to the present day. The heart and soul of the book is the towering figure of Shakespeare, who is accorded a special chapter, but all the major men and women of English letters are here: Chaucer, Milton, Donne, Wordsworth, Dickens, Eliot, Auden, and the story is brought up-to-the-minute with discussions of living authors such as Seamus Heaney and Edward Bond. The detailed chronology, suggestions for further reading, and an accessible structure arranged by period makeAn Outline of English Literaturean especially attractive reference source. And by weaving the entire story of English literary history together in a single, highly readable narrative, this book will delight both newcomers to the subject, as well as those already familiar with the richness and scope of English literature's unrivalled tradition.

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About the Contributors:
J.A. Burrow is Winterstoke Professor of English at the University of Bristol. John Pitcher is Fellow of St. John's College, Oxford University. Philip Edwards is King Alfred Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool. Brian Vickers is Professor of English and Renaissance Literature at the Centre for Renaissance Studies, Zurich. Isobel Grundy is Henry Marshall Tory Professor of English at the University of Alberta. Clare Lamont is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Andrew Sanders is Lecturer in English at Birbeck College, University of London. Bernard Bergonzi is Professor of English at the University of Warwick. Martin Dodsworth is Senior Lecturer in English at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London.