The Longman Anthology of British Literature, Volume 1C: The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century / Edition 4

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The Fourth Edition of The Longman Anthology of British Literature continues its tradition of presenting works in the historical context in which they were written. This fresh approach includes writers from the British Isles, underrepresented female authors, Perspectives sectionsthatshed light on the period as a whole and link with immediately surrounding works to help illuminate a theme, “And Its Time” clusters that illuminate a specific cultural moment or a debate to which an author is responding, and “Responses” in which later authors respond to one or more texts from earlier works.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205655274
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Series: Damrosch Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 846
  • Sales rank: 361,859
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Literature Association, and has written widely on world literature from antiquity to the present. His books include What Is World Literature? (2003), The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh (2007), and How to Read World Literature (2009). He is the founding general editor of the six-volume Longman Anthology of World Literature, 2/e (2009) and the editor of Teaching World Literature (2009).

Kevin J. H. Dettmar is W. M. Keck Professor and Chair, Department of English, at Pomona College, and Past President of the Modernist Studies Association. He is the author of The Illicit Joyce of Postmodernism and Is Rock Dead?, and the editor of Rereading the New: A Backward Glance at Modernism; Marketing Modernisms: Self-Promotion, Canonization, and Rereading; Reading Rock & Roll: Authenticity, Appropriation, Aesthetics; the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners; and The Blackwell Companion to Modernist Literature and Culture, and co-general editor of The Longman Anthology of British Literature.

Stuart Sherman is Associate Professor of English at Fordham University. He received the Gottschalk Prize from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies for his book Telling Time: Clocks, Diaries, and English Diurnal Form, 1660-1775, and is currently at work on a study called “News and Plays: Evanescences of Page and Stage, 1620-1779.” He has received the Quantrell Award for Undergraduate Teaching, as well as fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Chicago Humanities Institute, and Princeton University.

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Table of Contents

*** denotes selection is new to this edition.



The Diary

[First Entries]

[The Coronation of Charles II]

[The Plague Year]

[The Fire of London]

Pepys’s Diary and Its Time

John Evelyn from Kalendarium


Robert Louis Stevenson: from Samuel Pepys


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


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]



Absalom and Achitophel: A Poem

Mac Flecknoe

To the Memory of Mr. Oldham

Alexander’s Feast

Fables Ancient and Modern

from Preface

The Secular Masque


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



Thomas Southerne: from Oroonoko: A Tragedy


Mary, Lady Chudleigh

To the Ladies

To Almystrea

Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea

The Introduction

Friendship Between Ephelia and Ardelia

A Nocturnal Reverie

A Ballad to Mrs. Catherine Fleming in London from Malshanger Farm in Hampshire

Mary Leapor

The Headache. To Aurelia

Mira To Octavia

An Epistle to Artemisia. On Fame

Advice to Sophronia

The Epistle of Deborah Dough


Against Constancy

The Disabled Debauchee

Song (“Love a woman? You’re an ass!”)

The Imperfect Enjoyment

Upon Nothing

A Satyr Against Reason and Mankind


The Country Wife


from Some Reflections upon Marriage


A True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal

A Journal of the Plague Year

[At the Burial Pit]

[Encounter with a Waterman]


News and Comment

from Mercurius Publicus [Anniversary of the Regicide]

from The London Gazette [The Fire of London]

from The 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]

Periodical Personae

Richard Steele: from Tatler No. 1 [Introducing Mr. Bickerstaff]

Joseph Addison: from Spectator No. 1 [Introducing Mr. Spectator]

from Female Spectator, Vol. 1, 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


A Description of the Morning

A Description of a City Shower

Stella’s Birthday, 1719

Stella’s Birthday, 1727

The Lady’s Dressing Room


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

from Part 3. A Voyage to Laputa

Part 4. A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms

“Gulliver’s Travels” and Its Time

from Letters on Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift to Alexander PopeAlexander Pope to Jonathan SwiftJohn Gay to Jonathan SwiftJonathan Swift to Alexander Pope“The Prince of Lilliput” to Stella

A Modest Proposal

“A Modest Proposal” and Its Time

William Petty from Political Arithmetic


An Essay on Criticism


The Rape of the Lock

The Iliad

from Book 12 [Sarpedon’s Speech]

Eloisa to Abelard

from 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

Epistle 2. To a Lady: Of the Characters of Women


Mary Leapor: An Essay on Woman

from The Dunciad

from 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]


from 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


The Beggar’s Opera


A Rake’s Progress


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


from Winter. A Poem

[Autumn Evening and Night]

[Winter Night]

from 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


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


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

from The Plays of William Shakespeare


[“Just Representations of General Nature”]

[Faults; The Unities]

[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)


from London Journal

[A Scot in London]


[First Meeting with Johnson]

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

from The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

[Introduction; Boswell’s Method]

[Conversations about Hume]

[Dinner with Wilkes]

[Conversations at Streatham and the Club]


The Deserted Village


George Crabbe: from The Village

George Crabbe: from The Parish Register


Daniel Defoe

from The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

Eliza Haywood

Fantomina: Or, Love in a Maze

Samuel Richardson

from Clarissa. Or, The History of a Young Lady

from The History of Sir Charles Grandison, Baronet

Henry Fielding

from An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews

Laurence Sterne

from The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Frances Burney

from The Early Journals

from Evelina; or, the History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World Evelina to the Reverend Mr. Villars

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