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The Longman Anthology of British Literature is the first new anthology of British literature to appear in over 25 years. A major work of scholarship, it brings together an extraordinary collection of writings spanning some 1300 years of literary history from the Middle Ages to the present. Volume One covers The Middle Ages, The Early Modern Period, and The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century. The text aims to give a less monumental, more contextualized presentation of British literature. The traditional canonical writers are fully represented, with coverage of such central figures as Spencer, Milton, and Shakespeare. But alongside these are numerous other literary voices, especially those of women. The most distinctive feature of the anthology are groupings of texts that allow contemporary social, political, and literary controversies to unfold in the voices of those who participated in them, thus enabling the great works of British literature to be taught in the context of their times.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780321333971
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Series: Damrosch Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 2963
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Table of Contents

* denotes selection is new to this edition. Complete contents for Volume I are below. Volume 1A contains only the section entitled "Middle Ages." Volume 1B contains only the section entitled "The Early Modern Period." Volume 1C contains only the section entitled "The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century."


Before the Norman Conquest.


• Response.

• John Gardner,
From Grendel.

* Early Irish Narrative.

* The Labour Pains of the Ulaid & The Twins of Macha.

* The Birth of Cú Chulaind.

* The Naming of Cú Chulaind.

Early Irish Verse.

To Crinog.

Pangur the Cat.

Writing in the Wood.

The Viking Terror.

The Old Woman of Beare.

Findabair Remembers Fróech.

A Grave Marked with Ogam.

From The Voyage of Máel Dúin.


The Dream of the Rood.

Perspectives: Ethnic and Religious Encounters.

Bede. From An Ecclesiastical History of the English People.

Bishop Asser. From The Life of King Alfred.

King Alfred. Preface to St. Gregory's Pastoral Care.

Ohthere's Journeys.

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Stamford Bridge and Hastings.


Urien Yrechwydd.

The Battle of Argoed Llwyfain.

The War-Band's Return.

Lament for Owain Son of Urien.

* The Tale of Taliesin.

The Wanderer.

Wulf and Eadwacer and the Wife's Lament.


Three Anglo-Latin Riddles by Aldhelm.

Five Old English Riddles.

After the Norman Conquest.

Perspectives: Arthurian Myth in the History of Britain.

Geoffrey of Monmouth. From History of the Kings of Britain.

Gerald of Wales. From The Instruction of Princes.

Edward I. Letter to the Papal Court of Rome.


A Report to Edward I.

Arthurian Romance.

Marie de France.




* Chevrefoil (The Honeysuckle).

* Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Trans. by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Sir Thomas Malory.

Morte Darthur.

From Caxton's Prologue.

The Poisoned Apple.

The Days of Destiny.

* Responses.

* Marion Zimmer Bradley, From The Mists of Avalon.

* John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin, scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Geoffrey Chaucer.

The Parliament of Fowls.


The General Prologue, Middle English translation

* The General Prologue, Modern translation on facing pages, trans. by David Wright

The Miller's Tale.

The Introduction.

The Tale.

The Wife of Bath's Prologue.

The Wife of Bath's Tale.

* Response.

* William Dunbar, From The Treatise of the Two Married Women and the Widow.

The Franklin's Tale.

The Prologue.

The Tale.

The Pardoner's Prologue.

The Pardoner's Tale.

The Nun's Priest's Tale.

The Parson's Tale.

The Introduction.

(The Remedy for the Sin of Lechery.)

Chaucer's Retraction.

To His Scribe Adam.

Complaint to His Purse.

William Langland.

Piers Plowman.


Passus 2.

from Passus 5.

Passus 6.

Passus 18.

“Piers Plowman” and Its Time: The Rising of 1381.

From The Anonimalle Chronicle [Wat Tyler's Demands to Richard II and his death].

Three Poems on the Rising of 1381.

John Ball's First Letter.

John Ball's Second Letter.

The Course of Revolt.

John Gower. From The Voice of One Crying.

Mystical Writings

Julian of Norwich.

A Book of Showings.

(Three Graces. Illness. The First Revelation.)

(Laughing at the Devil.)

(Christ Draws Julian in Through His Wound.])

(The Necessity of Sin, and of Hating Sin.)

(God as Father, Mother, Husband.)

(The Soul as Christ's Citadel.)

(The Meaning of the Visions Is Love.)

Julian of Norwich and Her Time.

Richard Rolle. From The Fire of Love

From The Cloud of Unknowing.

* Response.

* Rebecca Jackson, The Dream of Washing Quilts.

Medieval Biblical Dramas.

The Second Play of the Shepherds.

The York Play of the Crucifixion.

Vernacular Religion and Repression.

The Wycliffite Bible.

John 10:11-18.

From A Wycliffite Sermon on John 10:11-18.

John Mirk.

From Festial.

Preaching and Teaching in the Vernacular.

Nicholas Love.

From The Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus.

From The Confession of Hawisia Moone of Loddon.

Margery Kempe.

The Book of Margery Kempe.

The Preface.

(Early Life and Temptations, Revelation, Desire for Foreign Pilgrimage.)

(Meeting with Bishop of Lincoln and Archbishop of Canterbury.)

(Visit with Julian of Norwich.)

(Pilgrimage to Jerusalem.)

(Arrest by Duke of Bedford's Men; Meeting with Archbishop of York.)

Middle English Lyrics.

The Cuckoo Song (“Sumer is icumen in”).

Spring (“Lenten is come with love to toune”).

Alisoun (“Bitwene Mersh and Averil”).

I Have a Noble Cock.

My Lefe Is Faren in a Lond.

Fowles in the Frith.

Abuse of Women (“In every place ye may well see”).

The Irish Dancer (“Gode sire, pray ich thee”).

A Forsaken Maiden's Lament (“I lovede a child of this cuntree”).

The Wily Clerk (“This enther day I mete a clerke”).

Jolly Jankin (“As I went on Yol Day in our procession”).

Adam Lay Ibounden.

I Sing of a Maiden.

In Praise of Mary (“Edi be thu, Hevene Quene”).

Mary Is With Child (“Under a tree”).

Sweet Jesus, King of Bliss.

Now Goeth Sun under Wood.

Jesus, My Sweet Lover (“Jesu Christ, my lemmon swete”).

Contempt of the World (“Where beth they biforen us weren?”).

Dafydd Ap Gwilym.


One Saving Place.

The Girls of Llanbadarn.

Tale of a Wayside Inn.

The Hateful Husband.

The Winter.

The Ruin.

Middle Scots Poets.

William Dunbar.

Lament for the Makars.

Done is a Battell.

In Secreit Place This Hyndir Nycht.

Robert Henryson.

Robyne and Makyne.

Late Medieval Allegory.

* Charles of Orleans.

* Fortunes Stabilnes

* Ballade 26.

* Ballade 61.

* Roundel 94.

* Mankind, a modern acting edition, ed. by Peter Meredith.

* Christine de Pizan.

* From Book of the City of Ladies, translation by Earl Jeffrey Richards.


John Skelton.

Womanhood, Wanton.


Knolege, Aquayntance.

Manerly Margery Mylk and Ale.

Garland of Laurel.

To Maystres Jane Blennerhasset.

To Maystres Isabell Pennell.

To Maystres Margaret Hussey.

Sir Thomas Wyatt.

The Long Love, That in My Thought Doth Harbor.


Petrarch, Sonnet 140.

Whoso List to Hunt.


Petrarch, Sonnet 190.

My Galley.

They Flee from Me.

Some Time I Fled the Fire.

My Lute, Awake!

Tagus, Farewell.

Forget Not Yet.

Blame Not My Lute.

Lucks, My Fair Falcon, and Your Fellows All.

Stand Whoso List.

Mine Own John Poyns.

Henry Howard, Earl Of Surrey.

Love That Doth Reign and Live within My Thought.

Th'Assyrians' King, in Peace with Foul Desire.

Set Me Whereas the Sun Doth Parch the Green.

The Soote Season.

Alas, So All Things Now Do Hold Their Peace.


Petrarch, Sonnet 164.

So Cruel Prison.

London, Hast Thou Accused Me.

Wyatt Resteth Here.

My Radcliffe, When Thy Reckless Youth Offends.

Sir Thomas More.


* Response.

* George Orwell, From 1984.

Perspectives: Government and Self-Government.

William Tyndale. From The Obedience of a Christian Man.

Juan Luis Vives. From Instruction of a Christian Woman.

Sir Thomas Elyot. From The Book Named the Governor.

From The Defence of Good Women.

John Ponet. From A Short Treatise of Political Power.

Baldassare Castiglione. From The Book of the Courtier.

John Foxe. From The Book of Martyrs.

Roger Ascham. From The Schoolmaster.

Richard Mulcaster. From The First Part of the Elementary

* Sir Thomas Smith, From De Republica Anglorum.

Richard Hooker. From The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity.

James I (James VI of Scotland). From The True Law of Free Monarchies.

* Thomas Hobbes, From Leviathan.

George Gascoigne.

Seven Sonnets to Alexander Neville.


Edmund Spenser.

The Shepheardes Calender.


The Faerie Queene.

A Letter of the Authors.

The First Booke of the Fairie Queene.


1(“Happy ye leaves when as those lilly hands.”)

4(“New yeare forth looking out of Janus gate.”)

13(“In that proud port, which her so goodly graceth.”)

22 (“This holy season fit to fast and pray.”)

62 (“The weary yeare his race now having run.”)

65 (“The doubt which ye misdeeme, fayre love, is vaine.”)

66 (“To all those happy belssings which ye have.”)

68 (“Most glorious Lord of lyfe that on this day.”)

68 (“One day I wrote her name upon the strand.”)


Sir Philip Sidney.

The Apology for Poetry.

“The Apology” and Its Time: The Art of Poetry.

Stephen Gosson. From The School of Abuse.

George Puttenham. From The Art of English Poesie.

George Gascoigne.From Certain Notes of Instruction.

Samuel Daniel. From A Defense of Rhyme.

Astrophil and Stella.

1 (“Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show.”)

* 3 (“Let dainty wits cry on the sisters nine.”)

7 (“When Nature made her chiefs worke, Stellas eyes.”)

9 (“Queene Vertues couyrt, which some call Stellas face.”)

* 10 (“Reason, in faith thou art well serv’d, that still.”)

* 14 (“Alas, have I not pain enough, my friend.”)

* 15 (“You that do search for every purling spring.”)

* 23 (“The curious wits, seeing dull pensiveness.”)

* 24 (“Rich fool there be whose base and filthy heart.”)

31 (“With how sad steps, O Moon, thou climb'st the skies.”)

* 37 (“My mouth doth water, and my breast doth swell.”)

39 (“Come sleep, O sleep, the certain knot of peace.”)

45 (“Stella oft sees the very face of woe.”)

* 47 (“What, have I thus betrayed my liberty?”)

* 52 (“A strife is grown between Virtue and Love.”)

60 (“When my good Angel guides me to the place.”)

* 63 (“O grammar-rules, O now your virtues show.”)

* 64 (“No more, my dear, no more these counsels try.”)

* 68 (“Stella, the only planet of my light.”)

71 (“Who will in fairest book of Nature know.”)

* 74 (“I never drank of Aganippe well.”)

Fourth song (“Only joy, now here you are.”)

* 86 (“Alas, whence came this change of looks? If I…”)

Eighth song (“In a grove most rich of shade.”)

* Ninth song (“Go my flock, go get you hence.”)

* 89 (“Now that, of absence, the most irksome night.”)

* 90 (“Stella, think not that I by verse seek fame.”)

* 91 (“Stella, while now by honor’s cruel might.”)

* 97 (“Dian, that fain would cheer her friend the night.”)

* 104 (“Envious wits, what hath been mind offense.”)

106 (“O absent presence, Stella is not here.”)

* 107 (“Stella, since thou so right a princess art.”)

108 (“When sorrow (using mine own fire's might.)

Isabella Whitney.

The Admonition by the Author.

A Careful Complaint by the Unfortunate Author.

The Manner of Her Will.

Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke.

Even Now That Care.

To Thee Pure Sprite.

Psalm 71: In Te Domini Speravi (“On thee my trust is grounded”).


Miles Coverdale: Psalm 71.

Psalm 121: Levavi Oculos (“Unto the hills, I now will bend”).

The Doleful Lay of Clorinda.

* Perspectives: The Rise of Print Culture.

* Ranulf Higden, From Polychronicon.

* Martin Marprelate, From Hay any Worke for Cooper.

* Thomas Nashe, From Pierce Pennilesse, his supplication to the Devile

* The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes.

* Michel de Montaigne, From “Of Books,” in Essays, trans. by John Florio.

• Geoffrey Whitney.
The Phoenix.

Francis Bacon. Of Truth.

Of Superstition.

Of Studies (version of 1597).

Of Studies (version of 1625).

• From The Advancement of Learning, The Second Book.

• The King James Bible,
Genesis 3.

• Robert Burton.
The Anatomy of Melancholy.

John Bunyan. From The Pilgrim's Progress.

Elizabeth I.

Written with a Diamond on Her Window at Woodstock.

Written on a Wall at Woodstock.

The Doubt of Future Foes.

On Monsieur's Departure.

The Metres of Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy.

Book 1, No. 2 (“O in how headlong depth the drowned mind is dim.”)

Book 1, No. 7, (“Dim clouds.”)

Book 2, No. 3 (“In pool when Phoebus with reddy wain.”)


On Marriage.

On Mary, Queen of Scots.

On Mary's Execution.

To the English Troops at Tilbury, Facing the Spanish Armada.

The Golden Speech.

Aemilia Lanyer.

The Description of Cookham.

Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum.

To the Doubtful Reader.

To the Virtuous Reader.


(Against Beauty Without Virtue.)

(Pilate's Wife Apologizes for Eve.)

Richard Barnfield.

The Affectionate Shepherd.

Sonnets from Cynthia.

1 (“Sporting at fancy, setting light by love.”)

5 (“It is reported of fair Thetis' son.”)

9 (“Diana (on a time) walking the wood.”)

11 (“Sighing, and sadly sitting by my love.”)

13(“Speak, Echo, tell; how may I call my love?”)

19 (“Ah no; nor I myself: though my pure love.”)

Christopher Marlowe.

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love.


Sir Walter Raleigh. The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd.

* C.S. Lewis,From The Screwtape Letters.

Hero and Leander.

The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus.

Sir Walter Raleigh.

Nature That Washed Her Hands in Milk.

To the Queen.

On the Life of Man.

The Author's Epitaph, Made by Himself.

As You Came from the Holy Land.

From The 21st and Last Book of the Ocean to Cynthia.

The Discovery of the Large, Rich and Beautiful Empire of Guiana.

From Epistle Dedicatory.

To the Reader.

(The Amazons.)

(The Orinoco.)

(The King of Aromaia.)

(The New World of Guiana.)

Perspectives: England in the New World.

Arthur Barlow. From The First Voyage Made to the Coasts of America.

Thomas Hariot. From A Brief and True Report of the Newfound Land of Virginia.

Michael Drayton. To the Virginian Voyage.

John Smith. From General History of Virginia and the Summer Isles.

John Donne. From A Sermon Preached to the Honorable Company of the Virginia Plantation.

William Shakespeare.


1 (“From fairest creatures we desire increase”).

12 (“When I do count the clock that tells the time”).

15 (“When I consider every thing that grows”).

18 (“Shall I compare thee to a summer's day”).

20 (“A woman's face with Nature's own hand painted”).

29 (“When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes”).

30 (“When to the sessions of sweet, silent thought”).

31 (“Thy bosom is endearèd with all hearts”).

33 (“Full many a glorious morning have I seen”).

35 (“No more be grieved at that which thou hast done”).

55 (“Not marble nor the gilded monuments”).

60 (“Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore”).

71 (“No longer mourn for me when I am dead”).

73 (“That time of year thou mayst in me behold”).

80 (“O, how I faint when I of you do write”).

86 (“Was it the proud full sail of his great verse”).

87 (“Farewell! Thou art too dear for my possessing”).

93 (“So shall I live, supposing thou art true”).

94 (“That they have pow'r to hurt, and will do none”).

104 (“To me, fair friend, you never can be old”).

106 (“When in the chronicle of wasted time”).

107 (“Not mine own fears nor the prophetic soul”).

116 (“Let me not to the marriage of true minds”).

123 (“No, Time, thou shalt not boast that I do change”).

124 (“If my dear love were but the child of state”).

126 (“O thou, my lovely boy, who in thy power”).

128 (“How oft, when thou my music play'st”).

129 (“The expense of spirit is a waste of shame.”)

130 (“My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun”).

138 (“When my love swears that she is made of truth”).

144 (“Two loves I have, of comfort and despair”).

152 (“In loving thee thou know'st I am forsworn”).

Twelfth Night; or, What You Will.

The Tempest.


William Strachey: From A True Reportory of the Wrack and Redemption of Sir Thomas Gates, Knight, upon and from the Islands of the Bermudas.

Michel de Montaigne, From Of Cannibals.

• Aimé Cesaire,
From A Tempest.

Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton.

The Roaring Girl; or, Moll Cut-Purse.

“The Roaring Girl” and Its Time: City Life.

Barnabe Riche. From My Lady's Looking Glass.

Robert Greene. From A Notable Discovery of Cosenage.

Thomas Dekker. From Lantern and Candlelight.

Thomas Deloney. From Thomas of Reading.

Thomas Nashe. From Pierce Penniless.

King James I. From A Counterblast to Tobacco.

Perspectives: Tracts on Women and Gender.

Desiderius Erasmus. From In Laude and Praise of Matrimony.

Barnabe Riche. From My Lady's Looking Glass.

Margaret Tyler. From Preface to The First Part of the Mirror of Princely Deeds.

Joseph Swetnam. From The Arraignment of Lewd, Idle, Froward, and Unconstant Women.

Rachel Speght. From A Muzzle for Melastomus.

Esther Sowernam. From Ester Hath Hanged Haman.

Hic Mulier and Haec-Vir. From Hic-Mulier; or, The Man-Woman.

From Haec-Vir; or, The Womanish Man.

Thomas Campion.

My sweetest Lesbia, let us live and love.

There is a garden in her face.

Rose-cheeked Laura come.

When thou must home to shades of underground.

Never weather-beaten sail more willing bent to shore.

Michael Drayton.

To the Reader.

Sonnet 12. (“To nothing fitter can I thee compare.”)

Sonnet 16. (“Since there's no help, come let us kiss and part.”)

To His Coy Love, A Canzonet.

Ben Jonson.

The Alchemist.

On Something, That Walks Somewhere.

On My First Daughter.

To John Donne.

On My First Son.

Inviting a Friend to Supper.

To Penshurst.

Song to Celia.

Queen and Huntress.

To the Memory of My Beloved, the Author, Mr. William Shakespeare, and What He Hath Left Us.

To the Immortal Memory, and Friendship of that Noble Pair, Sir Lucius Cary and Sir H. Morison.

Pleasure Reconciled to Virtue.

• Response.

• Thom Gunn,
“Ben Johnson,” from The Occasions of Poetry.

John Donne.

The Good Morrow.

Song (“Go, and catch a falling star”).

The Undertaking.

The Sun Rising.

The Indifferent.

The Canonization.

Air and Angels.

Break of Day.

A Valediction: of Weeping.

Love's Alchemy.

The Flea.

The Bait.

The Apparition.

A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning.

The Ecstasy.

The Funeral.

The Relic.

Elegy 19. To His Mistress Going to Bed.


1 (“As due by many titles I resign.”)

2 (“Oh my black soul! Now thou art summoned.”)

3 (“This is my play's last scene, here heavens appoint.”)

4 (“at the round earth's imagined corners, blow.”)

5 (“If poisonous minerals, and if that tree.”)

6 (“Death be not proud, though some have called thee.”)

7 (“Spit in my face ye Jews, and pierce my side.”)

8 (“Why are we by all creatures waited on?”)

9 (“What if this present were the world's last night?”)

10 (“Batter my heart, three-personed God; for, you.”)

11 (“Wilt thou love God, as he thee? Then digest.”)

12 (“Father, part of his double interest.”)

(Devotions upon Emergent Occasions.)

[For Whom the Bell Tolls.]

Lady Mary Wroth.

Pamphilia to Amphilanthus.

1 (“When night's black mantle could most darkness prove.”)

* 5 (“Can pleasing sight misfortune bring?”)

16 (“Am I thus conquered? Have I lost the powers.”)

17 (“Truly poor Night thou welcome art to me.”)

* 25 (“Like to the Indians scorched with the sun.”)

26 (“When everyone to pleasing pastime hies.”)

28 Song (“Sweetest love, return again.”)

39 (“Take heed mine eyes, how you your looks do cast.”)

40 (“False hope which feeds but to destroy, and spill.”)

48 (“If ever Love had force in human breast.”)

* 55 (“How like a fire doth love increase in me.”)

68 (“My pain, still smothered in my grieved breast?”)

74 Song (“Love a child is ever crying.”)

A Crown of Sonnets Dedicated to Love.

77 (“In this strange labyrinth how shall I turn?”)

* 82 (“He may our profit and our tutor prove.”)

83 (“How blessed be they then, who his favors prove.”)

* 84 (“ He that shuns love doth love himself the less.”)

103 (“My muse now happy, lay thyself to rest.”)

From The Countess of Mountgomery's Urania.

Robert Herrick.


The Argument of His Book.

To His Book.

Another (“To read my book the virgin shy”).

Another (“Who with thy leaves shall wipe at need”).

To the Sour Reader.

When He Would Have His Verses Read.

Delight in Disorder.

Corinna's Going A-Maying.

To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time.

The Hock-Cart, or Harvest Home.

His Prayer to Ben Jonson.

Upon Julia's Clothes.

Upon His Spaniel Tracie.

The Dream. (“Me thought (last night) love in an anger came.”)

The Dream. (“By dream I saw one of the three.”)

The Vine.

The Vision.

Discontents in Devon.

To Dean-Bourne, a Rude River in Devon.

Upon Scobble: Epigram.

The Christian Militant.

To His Tomb-Maker.

Upon Himself Being Buried.

His Last Request to Julia.

The Pillar of Fame.

His Noble Numbers.

His Prayer for Absolution.

To His Sweet Saviour.

To God, on His Sickness.

George Herbert.

The Altar.



Easter Wings.

Affliction (1).

Prayer (1).

Jordan (1).

Church Monuments.

The Windows.




Jordan (2).


The Collar.

The Pulley.

The Forerunners.

Love (3).

Richard Lovelace.

To Lucasta, Going to the Wars.

The Grasshopper.

To Althea, from Prison.

Love Made in the First Age: To Chloris.

Henry Vaughan.


The Retreat.

Silence, and Stealth of Days.

The World.

They Are All Gone into the World of Light!

The Night.

Andrew Marvell.

The Coronet.


The Nymph Complaining for the Death of Her Fawn.

To His Coy Mistress.

The Definition of Love.

The Mower Against Gardens.

The Mower's Song.

The Garden.

An Horatian Ode Upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland.

Katherine Philips.

Friendship in Emblem, or the Seal.

Upon the Double Murder of King Charles.

On the Third of September, 1651.

To the Truly Noble, and Obliging Mrs. Anne Owen.

To Mrs. Awbrey at Parting.

To My Excellent Lucasia, on Our Friendship.

The World.

Perspectives: The Civil War, or the Wars of Three Kingdoms.

John Gauden. From Eikon Basilike.

John Milton. From Eikonoklastes.

The Petition of Gentlewomen and Tradesmen's Wives.

Oliver Cromwell. From Letters from Ireland.

John O'Dwyer of the Glenn.

The Story Of Alexander Agnew; Or, Jock Of Broad Scotland.

Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon. From True Historical Narrative of the Rebellion.

John Milton.


Il Penseroso.


How Soon Hath Time.

On the New Forcers of Conscience Under the Long Parliament.

To the Lord General Cromwell.

On the Late Massacre in Piedmont.

When I Consider How My Light Is Spent.

Methought I Saw My Late Espoused Saint.

From Areopagitica.


Book 1.

Book 2.

* Book 3.

* Book 4.

* Book 5.

* Book 6.

* Book 7.

* Book 8.

Book 9.

* Book 10.

* Book 11.

* Book 12.

* Responses.

* Mary Wollstonecraft, From A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.

* William Blake, A Poison Tree.

Samson Agonistes.


Samuel Pepys.

The Diary.

(First Entries.)

(The Coronation of Charles II.)

(The Plague Year.)

(The Fire of London.)

Samuel Pepys and His Time.

John Evelyn: From Kalendarium.

(The Royal Society.)

(Theater and Music.)

(Elizabeth Pepys and Deborah Willett.)

* Response.

* Robert Louis Stevenson, From Samuel Pepys.

Perspectives: The Royal Society and the New Science.

Thomas Sprat. From The History of the Royal Society of London.

Philosophical Transactions. From Philosophical Transactions.

Robert Hooke. From Micrographia.

John Aubrey. From Brief Lives.

Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle.

Poems and Fancies.

The Poetress's Hasty Resolution.

The Poetress's Petition.

An Apology for Writing So Much upon This Book.

The Hunting of the Hare.

From A True Relation of My Birth, Breeding, and Life.

Observations upon Experimental Philosophy.

Of Micrography, and of Magnifying and Multiplying Glasses.

The Description of a New Blazing World.

From To the Reader.

(Creating Worlds.)

(Empress, Duchess, Duke.)


John Dryden.

Absalom and Achitophel: A Poem.

John Dryden’s “ Absalom and Achitophel” and Its Time.

Charles II: His Majesty's Declaration.

Mac Flecknoe.

To the Memory of Mr. Oldham.

To the Pious Memory of the Accomplished Young Lady Mrs. Anne Killigrew.

Alexander's Feast.

Fables Ancient and Modern.

From Preface.

The Secular Masque.

Aphra Behn.

The Disappointment.

To Lysander, on Some Verses He Writ.

To Lysander at the Music-Meeting.

A Letter to Mr. Creech at Oxford.

To the Fair Clarinda, Who Made Love to Me, Imagined More than Woman.


* Response.

* Thomas Southerne, Oroonoko: A Tragedy.

* Perspectives: Coterie Writing.

Mary, Lady Chudleigh. To the Ladies. To Almystrea.

* Anne Finch, Countess of Winchelsea. The Introduction.

Friendship Between Ephelia and Ardelia.

A Nocturnal Reverie.

A Ballad to Mrs. Catherine Fleming in London.

* Mary Leapor. The Headache. To Aurelia.

* Mira to Octavia

* An Epistle to Artemisia: On Fame.

Advice to Sophronia.

The Epistle of Deborah Dough.

John Wilmot, Earl Of Rochester.

Against Constancy.

The Disabled Debauchee.

Song (“Love a woman? You're an ass!”)

The Imperfect Enjoyment.

Upon Nothing.

A Satyr Against Reason and Mankind.

William Wycherley.

The Country Wife.

Mary Astell.

From Some Reflections upon Marriage.

Daniel Defoe.

A True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal.

A Journal of the Plague Year.

(At the Burial Pit.)

(Encounter with a Waterman.)

Perspectives: Reading Papers.

News and Comment.

From Mercurius Publicus (Anniversary of the Regicide).

From The London Gazette (The Fire of London).

From Daily Courant No. 1 (Editorial Policy).

Daniel Defoe. From A Review of the State of the British Nation, Vol 4, No. 21 (The New Union).

From The Craftsman No. 307 (Vampires in Britain).

Periodical Personae.

Richard Steele. From Tatler No. 1 (Introducing Mr. Bickerstaff).

Joseph Addison. From Spectator No. 1 (Introducing Mr. Spectator).

From Female Spectator No. 1 (The Author's Intent).

Richard Steele. From Tatler No. 18 (The News Writers in Danger).

Joseph Addison. From Tatler No. 155 (The Political Upholsterer).

Joseph Addison. From Spectator No. 10 (The Spectator and Its Readers).

Getting, Spending, Speculating.

Joseph Addison. Spectator No. 69 (Royal Exchange).

Richard Steele. Spectator No. 11 (Inkle and Yarico).

Daniel Defoe. From A Review of the State of the British Nation, Vol 1, No. 43 (Weak Foundations).

Advertisements from the Spectator.

Women and Men, Manners and Marriage.

Richard Steele. From Tatler No. 25 (Duellists).

Daniel Defoe. From A Review of the State of the British Nation, Vol. 9, No 34, (A Duellist's Conscience.)

From The Athenian Mercury.

Richard Steele. From Tatler No. 104 (Jenny Distaff Newly Married).

Joseph Addison. Spectator No 128 (Variety of Temper).

Eliza Haywood. From The Female Spectator, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Seomanthe's Elopement).

Eliza Haywood. From The Female Spectator, Vol. 2, No. 10 (Women's Education).

Jonathan Swift.

A Description of the Morning.

A Description of a City Shower.

Stella's Birthday, 1719.

Stella's Birthday, 1727.

The Lady's Dressing Room.

* Response.

* Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, The Reasons That Induced Dr. S. to write a Poem called The Lady's Dressing Room.

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

Journal to Stella.

From Letter 10.

* Gulliver’s Travels.

• Part 3. A Voyage to Laputa.

• Part 4. A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms.

* Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels” and Its Time.

* From Letters on Gulliver’s Travels.

* Jonathan Swift to Alexander Pope.

* Alexander Pope to Jonathan Swift.

* John Gay to Jonathan Swift.

* Jonathan Swift to Alexander Pope.

* “The Price of Lilliput” to Stella.

A Modest Proposal.

Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” and Its Time.

William Petty: From Political Arithmetic.

Alexander Pope.

An Essay on Criticism.


The Rape of the Lock.

The Iliad.

From Book 12 (Sarpedon's Speech.)

Eloisa to Abelard.

An Essay on Man.

Epistle 1.

To the Reader.

The Design.


An Epistle from Mr. Pope, to Dr. Arbuthnot.

* An Epistle to a Lady: Of the Characters of Women.

* Response.

* Mary Leapor, An Essay on Woman.

The Dunciad.

Book the Fourth.

(The Goddess Coming in Her Majesty.)

(The Geniuses of the Schools.)

(Young Gentlemen Returned from Travel.)

(The Minute Philosophers and the Consummation of All.)

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.

The Turkish Embassy Letters.

To Lady—(On the Turkish Baths.)

To Lady Mar (On Turkish Dress.)

Letter to Lady Bute (On Her Granddaughter).

Epistle from Mrs. Yonge to Her Husband.

The Lover: A Ballad.

John Gay.

The Beggar's Opera.

“The Beggar's Opera” and Its Time: Influences and Impact.

Thomas D'Urfey: From Wit and Mirth; or, Pills to Purge Melacholy.

Daniel Defoe: From The True and Genuine Account of the Life and Actions of the Late Jonathan Wild.

Henry Fielding: From The Life of Mr. Jonathan Wild the Great.

(Anonymous.) From A Narrative of All the Robberies, Escapes, &c. of John Sheppard.

John Thurmond. From Harlequin Sheppard.

Charlotte Charke. From A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Charlotte Charke.

James Boswell. From London Journal (Entries on Macheath.)

* Responses.

• Bertolt Brecht,
Lyrics from The Threepenny Opera.

• The Ballad of Mack the Knife.

• In a Little Song Polly Gives Her Parents to Understand that She Has Married the Bandit Macheath.

• [Coda].

William Hogarth.

A Rake's Progress.

Perspectives: Mind and God.

Isaac Newton.

From Letter to Richard Bentley.

John Locke.

From An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.

Isaac Watts.

A Prospect of Heaven Makes Death Easy.

The Hurry of the Spirits, in a Fever and Nervous Disorders.

Against Idleness and Mischief.

Man Frail, and God Eternal.

Miracles Attending Israel's Journey.

Joseph Addison.

Spectator No. 465.

George Berkeley.

From Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous.

David Hume.

From A Treatise of Human Nature.

From An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding.

Christopher Smart.

From Jubilate Agno.

William Cowper.

Light Shining out of Darkness.

From The Task.

The Cast-away.

James Thomson.

Winter. A Poem.

(Autumn Evening and Night.)

(Winter Night.)

The Seasons.

From Autumn.

Rule, Britannia.

“The Seasons” and Its Time: Poems of Nightfall and Night.

Edward Young: From The Complaint.

William Collins: Ode to Evening. Ode Occasioned by the Death of Mr. Thomson.

William Cowper: From The Task.

Thomas Gray.


To Horace Walpole (16 April 1734).

To Richard West (December 1736).

To Horace Walpole (12 June 1750).

To Horace Walpole (11 February 1751).

From To Horace Walpole (20 February 1751).

Sonnet on the Death of Mr. Richard West.

Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College.

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

Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.

Samuel Johnson.

The Vanity of Human Wishes.

A Short Song of Congratulation.

On the Death of Dr. Robert Levet.

The Rambler.

No. 4 (On Fiction).

No. 5 (On Spring).

No. 60 (On Biography).

No. 170 (On Misella, a Prostitute).

No. 171 (Misella Continues).

No. 207 (Beginnings, Middles, and Ends).

The Idler.

No. 31 (On Idleness).

No. 32 (On Sleep).

No. 84 (On Autobiography).

No. 97 (On Travel Writing).

A Dictionary of the English Language.

from Preface.

(Some Entries.)

From The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia.

Chapter 8. The History of Imlac.

Chapter 9. The History of Imlac Continued.

Chapter 10. Imlac's History Continued. A Dissertation upon Poetry.

Chapter 11. Imlac's Narrative Continued. A Hint on Pilgrimage.

Chapter 12. The Story of Imlac Continued.

The Plays of Shakespeare.


(Selected Notes on Othello.)

Lives of the Poets.

From The Life of Milton.

From The Life of Pope.


To Lord Chesterfield (7 February 1755).

To Hester Thrale (19 June 1783).

To Hester Thrale Piozzi (2 July 1784).

To Hester Thrale Piozzi (8 July 1784).

James Boswell.

London Journal.

(A Scot in London.)


(First Meeting with Johnson.)

An Account of My Last Interview with David Hume, Esq.

From A Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Dr. Samuel Johnson.

The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

(Introduction; Boswell's Method.)

(Conversations about Hume.)

(Dinner with Wilkes.)

(Conversations at Streatham and the Club.)

Hester Salusbury Thrale Piozzi.

The Family Book.

(On Her Daughter's Progress.)

(On the Death of Her Son.)

(On Her Marriage and Household.)


(First Entries.)

Oliver Goldsmith.

The Deserted Village.


George Crabbe: From The Village.

George Crabbe: From The Parish Register.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan.

The School for Scandal.

* Response.

• Oscar Wilde,
From The Importance of Being Earnest.

* Perspectives: Novel Guises, in Theory and Practice.

* Mary Carleton, From The Case of Madam Mary Carleton.

* Daniel Defoe, From The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe.

* The Preface.

• [First Days on the Island].

• The Journal.

* From The Fortunate Mistress: Or, a History of the Life and Vast Variety of Fortunes of Mademoiselle de Beleau, Afterwards Called the Countess de Wintselsheim, in Germany. Being the Person Known by the Name of Lady Roxana, in the Time if King Charles.

* From The Preface.

* [A New Name].

* [Secret Horror].

* Eliza Heywood, Fantomina: Or, Love in a Maze.

* Samuel Richardson, From Pamela; Or, Virtue Rewarded.

• Preface by the Editor.

• [A Dreadful Trial].

• [Reading Pamela].

• From the Preface to Clarissa, Or, The History of a Young Lady.

• From the Preface to The History of Sir Charles Grandison, Baronet.

* Henry Fielding, From An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews

• Shamela Andrews to Henrietta Maria Honora Andrews

• From the Preface to The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews.

• From The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling.

* Lawrence Sterne, From The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy, Gentleman.

• [Interruptions].

• [Calculations].

* Frances Burney, From The Early Journals.

• [First Entry].

* [“I cannot help it.”].

* [“The Most Dangerous Employment Young Persons Can Have”].

* From Evelina, or, the History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World.

• Evelina to the Reverend Mr. Villars.

• [A Ridiculous and Rejected Wooer].

* Letters on Evelina

• From a Letter to Susanna Burney; Streatham, late June 1779.

* From a Letter to Susanna Burney; Bath, 8 June 1780.

* From The Wanderer; or, Female Difficulties.

• From the Preface.

• [Coda].

Political and Religious Orders.

Money, Weights, and Measures.

Glossary of Literary and Cultural Terms.




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