A Short History of English Literature

A Short History of English Literature This book guides the reader through some six centuries of English literature from Chaucer s time when the language became recognizably our own to the s Harry Blamires analyses the background in

  • Title: A Short History of English Literature
  • Author: Harry Blamires
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book guides the reader through some six centuries of English literature from Chaucer s time, when the language became recognizably our own, to the 1950s Harry Blamires analyses the background, interconnections and major achievements of individual writers in each period, giving the reader a sense both of the continuing literary tradition and of the radical changes tThis book guides the reader through some six centuries of English literature from Chaucer s time, when the language became recognizably our own, to the 1950s Harry Blamires analyses the background, interconnections and major achievements of individual writers in each period, giving the reader a sense both of the continuing literary tradition and of the radical changes that, for example, the Romantic Movement brought in.The aim is to leave the reader informed about each writer s main output, sensitive to the special character of his gifts and aware of his place in the story of our literature as a whole A readable and concise guide, it will be invaluable both to the student of English literature and the general reader.

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    1. "The first reading of Troilus and Criseyde is one of life's great narrative experiences," writes Harry Blamires near the beginning and from that point on, I was hooked. Plot summaries, short biographical information and some critical points about hundreds of authors, poets and playwrights keep this fast and fun. I hit a bit of a hiccup when he seemed to excuse Jacobian anti-Semitic plays claiming that the performances did as much damage to Jews as wicked stepmother stories hurt second wives. I h [...]

    2. I picked up the very cheap English Library edition of this book in the late seventies (the only kind of books I could afford in those days were cheap editions!), and it sat on my shelf unread for about four-five years, because it was not exactly reading materials for teens. But when I finally read it, I loved it for its sweep from the very beginnings to the modern age. It was one of the first tomes which introduced me to the joys of literature, and therefore holds a special warm spot in my heart [...]

    3. My final review: The first irritating thing about this book is its title. It should have been 'A Chronology of Select Prominent English Writers and their Major Works', instead of History, because if you are looking for history (something in the same vein as Norton's Anthology of English Literature), you are going to find almost none in here.Nevertheless, it's a good chronology of some of the most well known English writers. Don't forget that not all of the people mentioned in this book are impor [...]

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