British Literature, 1640-1789: An Anthology / Edition 3

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The third edition of this successful anthology is a thoroughly updated collection of historical literatures that span the period from the British Civil War to the French Revolution.

  • Fully updated, this anthology retains the historical span and range of major and minor literatures that made the first two editions so successful
  • Represents many texts in their entirety and in their earliest recoverable versions
  • Includes longer selections from some writers too scantly represented in the previous edition including Equiano Mary Barber and Anne Wharton
  • Additional works by major authors, including Pope’s Eloisa to Abelard, and a portion of Lucy Hutchinson’s Order in Disorder.
  • Writers such as Abiezer Cope, John Armstrong, and Ephraim Chambers, have been restored from the first edition
  • Includes new drama selections
  • Added timelines, an alternative listing of contents by theme, and updated head notes make this volume especially accessible to beginning students
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“ … contains a wide range of expected work (or samples of it, like three books from Paradise Lost, Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress”, Blake’s “The Tyger” and Burns’s “To a Mouse”) but also a representative selection of literature from women writers (the problematic of regarding literature by gender is itself of interest) and enough of a general context to give a coherent impression over a period often compartmentalized differently (say, into centuries).

The editor provides a helpful introduction with historical and cultural background. There is a select bibliography at the end, along with an index of titles and first lines. The editorial stance has been to modernize where necessary but not arbitrarily. Text and notes are well displayed on the page. A thematic index (gender, aesthetics, race/slavery, pastoral etc) is a useful feature. You get a lot for your money … The paperback is sturdily-bound and should survive regular consultation. Looking across the period from the Civil War to Romanticism opens up perspectives unknown to silo-thinking by period, and it is a rich and varied period with more than a few things to delight and surprise.”
Stuart Hannabuss, Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405119283
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/18/2008
  • Series: Blackwell Anthologies Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1192
  • Sales rank: 400,212
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert DeMaria, Jr., is the Henry Noble MacCracken Professor of English at Vassar College, where he has taught and often served as chair of his department since 1975. He has been a Guggenheim fellow and a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He is the author of several books about Samuel Johnson and the editor (with the late Gwin Kolb) of Johnson on the English Language, volume 18 in the Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson. Most recently he has edited (with Robert D. Brown) Classical Literature and its Reception (Blackwell, 2007).

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Table of Contents

List of Authors.


Thematic Table of Contents.


Editorial Principles.

Preface to the Third Edition.


Ballads and Newsbooks from the Civil War (1640–1649).

Robert Filmer (1588?–1653).

Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679).

Robert Herrick (1591–1674).

John Reeve (1608–1658) and Lodowicke Muggleton (1609–1698).

John Milton (1608–1674).

Margaret Fell Fox (1614–1702).

Richard Lovelace (1618–1657).

Abraham Cowley (1618–1667).

Abiezer Coppe (1619–1672).

Lucy Apsley Hutchinson (1620–1681).

Andrew Marvell (1621–1678).

Henry Vaughan (1621–1695).

Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle (1623–1673).

Dorothy Osborne Temple (1627–1695).

John Bunyan (1628–1688).

John Dryden (1631–1700).

Katherine Philips (1632–1664).

John Locke (1632–1704).

Samuel Pepys (1633–1703).

Aphra Behn (1640?–1689).

John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester (1647–1680).

Jane Barker (1652–1732).

Anne Wharton (1659–1685).

Daniel Defoe (1660–1731).

Anne Kingsmill Finch, Countess of Winchilsea (1661–1720).

Matthew Prior (1664–1721).

Mary Astell (1666–1731).

Jonathan Swift (1667–1745).

Sarah Fyge Egerton (1670–1723).

Delarivier Manley (c.1670–1724).

William Congreve (1670–1729).

Bernard Mandeville (1670–1733).

Joseph Addison (1672–1719) and Richard Steele (1672–1729).

Isaac Watts (1674–1748).

Mary Molesworth Monck (1677?–1715).

Allan Ramsay (1684–1758).

John Gay (1685–1732).

Mary Barber (c.1685–1755).

Alexander Pope (1688–1744).

Mary Collier (1688?–1762).

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689–1762).

Trials at the Old Bailey (1722–1727).

Eliza Fowler Haywood (1693–1756).

James Thomson (1700–1748).

Stephen Duck (1705–1756).

Mary Jones (1707–1778).

John Armstrong (1708/9–1779).

Samuel Johnson (1709–1784).

David Hume (1711–1776).

Jane Collier (1714/15–1755).

Thomas Gray (1716–1771).

Elizabeth Carter (1717–1806).

William Collins (1721–1759).

Mary Leapor (1722–1746).

Christopher Smart (1722–1771).

Joshua Reynolds (1723–1792).

Oliver Goldsmith (1728?–1774).

Edmund Burke (1729–1797).

William Cowper (1731–1800).

James Macpherson (1736–1796).

Edward Gibbon (1737–1794).

Thomas Paine (1737–1809).

James Boswell (1740–1795).

Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi (1741–1821).

Anna Laetitia Aiken Barbauld (1743–1825).

Olaudah Equiano (1745?–1797).

Hannah More (1745–1833).

Charlotte Smith (1749–1806).

Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751–1816).

Thomas Chatterton (1752–1770).

Frances Burney (later d’Arblay) (1752–1840).

Ann Cromartie Yearsley (1753–1806).

George Crabbe (1754–1832).

William Blake (1757–1827).

Robert Burns (1759–1796).

Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (1759–1797).

Select Bibliography.

Index of Titles and First Lines.

Index to the Introductions and Footnotes.

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