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In all six of its volumes The Broadview Anthology of British Literature presents British literature in a truly distinctive light. Fully grounded in sound literary and historical scholarship, the anthology takes a fresh approach to many canonical authors, and includes a wide selection of work by lesser-known writers. The anthology also provides wide-ranging coverage of the worldwide connections of British literature, and it pays attention throughout to issues of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation. It includes comprehensive introductions to each period, providing in each case an overview of the historical and cultural as well as the literary background. It features accessible and engaging headnotes for all authors, extensive explanatory annotations throughout, and an unparalleled number of illustrations and contextual materials, offering additional perspectives both on individual texts and on larger social and cultural developments. Innovative, authoritative, and comprehensive, The Broadview Anthology of British Literature embodies a consistently fresh approach to the study of literature and literary history.

Highlights of Volume 3: The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century include: Eliza Haywood's Fantomina; Margaret Cavendish's The Convent of Pleasure; selections from Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe together with contextual materials; and Frances Burney's The Witlings.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781551116112
  • Publisher: Broadview Press
  • Publication date: 5/5/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 860
  • Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents



Introduction to The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century

Religion, Government, and Party Politics

Empiricism, Skepticism, and Religious Dissent

Industry, Commerce, and the Middle Class

Ethical Dilemmas in a Changing Nation

Print Culture



The Novel

The Development of the English Language

History of the Language and of Print Culture


The Poetess's Hasty Resolution

An Excuse for so Much Writ Upon My Verses

Of the Theme of Love

A Woman Drest by Age

A Dialogue Betwixt the Body and the Mind

The Hunting of the Hare

from The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World

from To the Reader

The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World

[The Lady Becomes Empress]

[The Empress Brings the Duchess of Newcastle to be Her Scribe]

[The Duchess and the Empress Create their Own Worlds]

The Epilogue to the Reader

from Sociable Letters

Letter 55

Letter 143

Letter 163

The Convent of Pleasure

from A True Relation of My Birth, Breeding, and Life


from Brief Lives

Francis Bacon, Viscount St. Albans

John Milton

Andrew Marvell


from The Pilgrim’s Progress

The Author's Apology for His Book

from The Second Part


Absalom and Achitophel

Mac Flecknoe; Or, a Satire upon the True-Blue-Protestant Poet, T.S.

Religio Laici or A Layman's Faith (excerpts)

To the Memory of Mr. Oldham

A Song for St. Cecilia's Day

Cymon and Iphigenia, from Boccace

from An Essay of Dramatic Poesy


from The Diary (September 1-5, 1666)

In Context: Other Accounts of the Great Fire

The Great Fire of London, 1666

from The London Gazette (September 3-10, 1666)


from John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

from Book 2, "Of Ideas," Chapter 1

from Book 2, Chapter 23

from Mary Astell, A Serious Proposal to the Ladies (1694)

from Judith Drake, An Essay in Defense of the Female Sex (1696)

from Eliza Haywood, The Female Spectator No. 10 (February 1745)

from The Spectator No. 7 (March 8, 1711)

Isaac Watts, "Against Idleness and Mischief" (1715)

Isaac Watts, "Man Frail, and Good Eternal" (1719)

from David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (1748)

from Section 10: "Of Miracles"

from James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791)


The Disappointment

On a Juniper Tree, Cut Down to Make Busks

The Feigned Courtesans

Oroonoko; or, The Royal Slave. A True History


The Country Wife


A Satire On Charles II

A Satire against Reason and Mankind

Love and Life: A Song

The Disabled Debauchee

A Letter from Artemisia in the Town to Chloe in the Country

The Imperfect Enjoyment

Impromptu on Charles II

In Context: The Lessons of Rochester's Life


A True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal

from Robinson Crusoe

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

In Context: Illustrating Robinson Crusoe

from A Journal of the Plague Year


from The Spleen: A Pindaric Poem

The Introduction

A Letter to Daphnis, April 2, 1685

To Mr. F., Now Earl of W.

The Unequal Fetters

By neer resemblance that Bird betray'd

A Nocturnal Reverie


from A Serious Proposal to the Ladies

Reflections Upon Marriage

from The Preface


A Description of a City Shower

Stella’s Birthday [written in the year 1718]

Stella’s Birthday (1727)

The Lady’s Dressing Room

Verses on the Death of Dr Swift, D.S.P.D.

from Gulliver’s Travels

Part One—A Voyage to Lilliput

Part Two—A Voyage to Brobdingnag

Part Three—A Voyage to Laputa

Part Four—A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms

In Context: Gulliver's Travels in its Time

from Letter from Swift to Alexander Pope, 29 September 1725

from Letter from Swift to Alexander Pope, 26 November 1725

Letter from "Richard Sympson" to Benjamin Motte, 8 August 1726

from Letter from John Gay and Alexander Pope to Swift, 17 November 1726

from Letter from Alexander Pope to Swift, 26 November 1726

A Modest Proposal

In Context: Sermons and Tracts: Backgrounds to "A Modest Proposal"

from Jonathan Swift, "Causes of the Wretched Condition of Ireland" (1726)

from Jonathan Swift, A Short View of the State of Ireland (1727)


from The Spectator

No. 285, Saturday, January 26, 1712 [On the Language of Paradise Lost]

No. 414, Wednesday, June 25, 1712 [Nature, Art, Gardens]


The Beggar’s Opera



The Rape of the Lock: An Heroi-Comical Poem in Five Cantos

To Mrs. Arabella Fermor

Canto 1

Canto 2

Canto 3

Canto 4

Canto 5

Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady

Eloisa to Abelard

from An Essay on Man

The Design

Epistle 1

Epistle 2

An Epistle from Mr. Pope to Dr. Arbuthnot

Epistle 2. To a Lady

An Essay on Criticism


Saturday. The Small Pox

The Reasons that Induced Dr. S. to Write a Poem called The Lady's Dressing Room

The Lover: A Ballad

Epistle from Mrs. Y[onge] to Her Husband

The Spectator No. 573, July 28, 1714 [From the President of the Widow's Club]

A Plain Account of the Inoculating of the Smallpox by a Turkey Merchant

Selected Letters

To Wortley [28 March 1710]

To Philippa Mundy 25 Sept. [1711]

To Philippa Mundy [c. 2 Nov. 1711]

To Wortley [c. 26 July 1712]

From Wortley [13 Aug. 1712]

To Wortley [15 Aug. 1712]

To Wortley [15 Aug. 1712]

To Lady Mar 17 Nov. [1716]

To Lady—1 April [1717]

To Lady Mar 1 April [1717]

To [Sarah Chiswell] 1 April [1717]

To Alexander Pope [Sept. 1718]

To Lady Mar [Sept. 1727]

To Lady Bute 5 Jan. [1748]

To Lady Bute 19 Feb. [1750]

To Wortley 10 Oct. [1753]

To Lady Bute [30 Nov. (?) 1753]

To Sir James Steuart [14 Nov. 1758]


Fantomina: or, Love in a Maze

In Context: The Eighteenth-Century Sexual Imagination

from A Present for a Servant-Maid (1743)

from Venus in the Cloister; or, The Nun in Her Smock (1725)


from Nahum Tate, The History of King Lear (1681)

from Act 5

from Colley Cibber, An Apology for the Life of Mr. Colley Cibber (1740)

from Jeremy Collier, A Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage (1698)


from Chapter 1, The Immodesty of the Stage

from Chapter 4, The Stage-Poets Make Their Principal Persons Vicious and Reward Them at the End of the Play

from Joseph Addison, The Spectator No. 18 (March 21, 1711)

from The Licensing Act of 1737

from The Statute of Anne (1710)

from James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791)

Joseph Addison, The Tatler No. 224 (September 14, 1710)

from Samuel Johnson, The Idler No. 30 (November 11, 1758)

from Clara Reeve, "Evening 7," from The Progress of Romance, through Times, Countries, Manners; with Remarks on the Good and Bad Effects of it, on them Respectively; in a Course of Evening Conversations (1785)

from James Lackington, Memoirs of the Forty-Five First Years of the Life of James Lackington, Bookseller (1792)

from Thomas Erskine, Speech as Prosecution in the Seditious-Libel Trial of Thomas Williams for Publishing Age of Reason, by Thomas Paine (1797)


The Seasons





Rule, Britannia


The Vanity of Human Wishes: The Tenth Satire of Juvenal Imitated

On the Death of Dr. Robert Levett

from The Rambler

No. 4 [On Fiction]

No. 12 [Cruelty of Employers]

No. 60 [On Biography]

No. 155 [On Becoming Acquainted with Our Real Characters]

from The Idler

No. 26 [Betty Broom]

No. 29 [Betty Broom, cont.]

No. 31 [On Idleness]

No. 49 [Will Marvel]

No. 81 [On Native Americans]

from A Dictionary of the English Language

The Preface

Selected Entries

from The Preface to The Works of William Shakespeare

from Lives of the English Poets

from John Milton

from Alexander Pope


To Mrs. Thrale (London, 10 July 1780)

To Mrs. Thrale (Bolt Court, Fleet Street, 19 June 1783)

To Mrs. Thrale (2 July 1784)

To Mrs. Thrale (London, 8 July 1784)


Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College

Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes

Sonnet on the Death of Mr. Richard West

Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

The Bard


Robin Hood and Alan a Dale

Edward, Edward

Tam Lin

The Death of Robin Hood

A Lyke-Wake Dirge

Mary Hamilton


The Castle of Otranto

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

In Context: The Origins of The Castle of Otranto

from a Letter by Walpole to the Reverend William Cole, 9 March 1765

In Context: Reactions to The Castle of Otranto

from The Monthly Review; or, Literary Journal Volume 32 (1764)

from The Monthly Review; or, Literary Journal Volume 32 (1765)

from William Warburton, a footnote to line 146 of Alexander Pope's poem First Epistle to The Second Book of Horace Imitated, in Warburton's edition of Pope's verse

from William Hazlitt, "On the English Novelists" (1819)

from Sir Walter Scott, "Introduction" to the 1811 edition of The Castle of Otranto


Ode to Fear


from Jubilate Agno [My Cat Jeoffry]


(Please note that this Contexts section also appears in volume 4 of the bound-book component of the anthology. It is included here as well for the benefit of those focusing on slavery in the context of Restoration and 18th century literature.)

from John Newton, A Slave Trader's Journal

from Quobna Ottobah Cugoano, Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil and Wicked Traffic of the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species

from Alexander Falconbridge, Account of the Slave Trade on the Coast of Africa

William Cowper, Sweet Meat has Sour Sauce or, The Slave-Trader in the Dumps

from William Wilberforce, "Speech to the House of Commons," 13 May 1789

Proponents of Slavery

from Rev. Robert Boncher Nicholls, Observations, Occasioned by the Attempts Made in England to Effect the Abolition of the Slave Trade

from Anonymous, Thoughts on the Slavery of Negroes, as it Affects the British Colonies in the West Indies: Humbly Submitted to the Consideration of Both Houses of Parliament

from Gordon Turnbull, An Apology of Negro Slavery; or, the West Indian Planters Vindicated from the Charge of Inhumanity

from Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Men

Anna Laetitia Barbauld, "Epistle to William Wilberforce, Esq. on the Rejection of the Bill for Abolishing the Slave Trade

William Blake, Images of Slavery

from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, On the Slave Trade

from William Earle, Obi; or, the History of Three-Fingered Jack

Mary Robinson, Poems on Slavery

"The African"

"The Negro Girl"

from Dorothy Wordsworth, The Grasmere Journal

from Thomas Clarkson, The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave Trade

from Matthew "Monk" Lewis, Journal of a West India Slave Proprietor


The Deserted Village


Light Shining Out of Darkness

from The Task


from Book 1: The Sofa

from Book 6: The Winter Walk At Noon

The Castaway

The Retired Cat

On The Loss of the Royal George

My Mary


from London Journal


from The Life of Samuel Johnson


Stephen Duck

The Thresher's Labour

Mary Collier

The Woman’s Labour: To Mr. Stephen Duck

Mary Leapor

An Epistle to a Lady

To a Gentleman with a Manuscript Play

Crumble Hall

Elizabeth Hands

On the Supposition of an Advertisement Appearing in a Morning Paper, of the Publication of a Volume of Poems, by a Servant Maid


Joseph Addison, The Spectator No. 69 (May 19, 1711)

from Daniel Defoe, "On Trade" (from The Complete English Tradesman), Letter 22, "Of the Dignity of Trade in England more than in other Countries" (1726)

from The Female Tatler No. 9 (July 25-27, 1709)

from The Female Tatler No 67 (December 7-9, 1709)

from Anonymous, The Character of a Coffee-House, with the Symptoms of a Town-Wit (1673)

from Anonymous, Coffee-Houses Vindicated (1675)

from Richard Steele, The Spectator No. 155 (August 28, 1711)

William Hogarth, Marriage A-la-Mode

Joseph Addison, The Spectator No. 119 (July 17, 1711)

from Joseph Addison, The Spectator No. 414 (June 25, 1712)

from Alexander Pope, Letter to Edward Blount (2 June 1725)

from Edmund Burke, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful (1757)

Of the Sublime

Of the Passion Caused by the Sublime

The Sublime and Beautiful Compared


from Hester Thrale's Journal

Selected Letters

To Samuel Johnson (4 July 1784)

To Samuel Johnson (15 July 1784)

To the Ladies of Liangollen (2 May 1800)

To the Reverend Leonard Chappelow (13 May 1800)

To the Reverend Robert Gray (13 May 1801)

To the Reverend Robert Gray (13 May 1801)

To the Reverend Chappelow (18 June 1804)

To Penelope Sophia Pennington (19 August 1804)


from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

Chapter 1, 5, 7

Chapter 2

In Context: Reactions to Olaudah Equiano's Work

from The Analytic Review, May 1789

from The Gentleman’s Magazine, June 1789

from The Monthly Review, June 1789

from The General Magazine and Impartial Review, July 1789


The School for Scandal


The Witlings

In Context: Journals and Letters

from Letter: Frances Burney to Susanna Burney, 3 September 1778

from Letter: Frances Burney to Dr. Charles Burney, c. 13 August 1779

from Oliver Goldsmith's "An Essay on Theatre; or, a Comparison between Laughing and Sentimental Comedy" (1773)


To the Right Honorable William, Earl of Dartmouth

On Being Brought from Africa to America

To the King’s Most Excellent Majesty

On the Death of the Reverend Mr. George Whitefield

A Farewell To America: To Mrs. S.W.

A Funeral Poem on the Death of C.E., an Infant of Twelve Months

To S.M., a Young African Painter, on Seeing His Works

In Context: Letters Cncerning Black or Slave Writers


Reading Poetry


Monarchs and Prime Ministers of Great Britain

Glossary of Terms

Texts and Contexts: A Chronological Chart


Permissions Acknowledgments

Index of First Lines

Index of Authors and Titles

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