The Longman Anthology of World Literature, Volume D: 17th and 18th Centuries / Edition 2

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The world is growing smaller every day. In today's increasingly global culture, we all need to become familiar with other traditions, and literature provides an exciting and enjoyable mode of entry into the variety of the world's cultures. Exciting, but also challenging: works from distant times and places expose us to unfamiliar names, customs, beliefs, and literary forms. The Longman Anthology is designed to open up the horizons of world literature, placing major works within their cultural contexts and fostering connections and conversations between eras as well as regions. Engaging introductions, regional maps, pronunciation guides, and a wealth of illustrations inform and enrich the experience of reading the compelling works included here, opening up a fresh and diverse range of the world's great literature.

In the second edition of The Longman Anthology: Major works are included from around the world: Many are given in their entirety, from The Epic of Gilgamesh and Homer's Odyssey to Dante's Inferno, Moliere's Tartuffe, Chikamatsu's Love Suicides at Amijima, and Achebe's Things Fall Apart. We also include extensive selections from such great works as The Aeneid, The Tale of Genji, The Thousand and One Nights, and Don Quixote. Perspectives sections group together works around major literary and cultural issues. These sections are now followed by Crosscurrents, which highlight additional connections for you to explore. Often presented as thought questions, these prompts could provide you with the essay topic for your next paper. New Translation units will help you to understand the key role of translation in the life of world literature. Passages in the original language areaccompanied by two or three translations that show how differently translators can choose to convey the original in expressive new ways. You will enjoy finding new meaning in the original work as you trace the ways literature evolves for generations of readers. An enhanced Companion Website gives you the opportunity to take practice quizzes, explore an interactive timeline, review literary terms, listen to an audio glossary that provides pronunciations of unfamiliar names, and listen to audio recordings of the passages given in our Translation sections. Through all these means, the Longman Anthology will support and enrich your experience as you explore the many worlds of world literature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205625901
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 7/15/2008
  • Series: Damrosch Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents



Zahiruddin Muhammad Babur (1483-1530)

from The Memoirs of Babur ( trans. Wheeler M. Thackston)

Jahangir (1569-1627)

from The Memoirs of Jahangir ( trans. Wheeler M. Thackston)

Mirza Muhammad Rafi “Sauda” (1713-1781)

from Satires[How to Earn a Living in Hindustan] (trans. Ralph Russell and Khurshidul Islam)

Mir Muhammad Taqi “Mir” (1723-1810)

Selected Couplets (trans. Ralph Russell and Khurshidul Islam)

from The Autobiography (trans. C. M. Naim)

Barnarsidass (Mid-17th Century)

from Half a Tale (trans. Mukund Lath)


Love Suicide at Amijima(trans. Donald Keene)


Houzumi Ikan: Chikamatsu on the Art of Puppet Theatre (trans. Brownstein)

CAO XUEQIN (c. 1715-1763)

from The Story of the Stone (trans. David Hawkes)


Shen Fu: from Six Records of a Floating Life (trans. Pratt and Su-hui)


Mihri Khatun (1445-1512)

I opened my eyes from sleep (trans. Walter Andrews et al.)

At times, my longing for the beloved slays me (trans. Walter Andrews et al.)

My heart burns in flames of sorrow (trans. Walter Andrews et al.)

Fuzuli (1480-1556)

Oh God, don't let anyone be like me (trans. Walter Andrews et al.)

If my heart were a wild bird (trans. Walter Andrews et al.)

For long years we have been haunting the quarter (trans. Walter Andrews et al.)

The pointed reproach of the enemy (trans. Walter Andrews et al.)

Nedîm (1681-1730)

At the gathering of desire (trans. Walter Andrews et al.)

When the east wind leaves that curl (trans. Walter Andrews et al.)

As the morning wind blows (trans. Walter Andrews et al.)

Take yourself to the rose garden (trans. Walter Andrews et al.)

Delicacy was drawn out like the finest wine (trans. Walter Andrews et al.)

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762)

The Turkish Embassy Letters

To Alexander Pope (1 April 1717)

To Sarah Chiswell (1 April 1717)

To Lady Mar (18 April 1717)



Tartuffe (trans. Richard Wilbur)

Perspectives: Court Culture and Female Authorship

Madeleine de Scudéry (1608-1701)

from Clélie (trans. April Alliston)

Marie-Madeline Pioche de La Vergne, Comtesse de Lafayette (1634-1693)

The Countess of Tende (trans. April Alliston)

Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marquise de Sévigné (1626-1696)

from Selected Letters (trans. Leonard Tancock)

Elisabeth Charlotte von der Pfalz, Duchesse D'Orléans (1652-1722)

from Letters (trans. Maria Kroll)

Katherine Philips (1631-1664)

To my Excellent Lucasia, on Our Friendship

An Answer to Another Persuading a Lady to Marriage

Mary, Lady Chudleigh (1656-1710)

from The Ladies Defence

Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea (1661-1720)

The Introduction

Friendship between Ephelia and Ardelia

from The Spleen

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

The Lady’s Dressing Room

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762)

The Reasons that Induced Dr. S. to write a Poem called The Lady’s Dressing Room

Ann Yearsley (1752-1806)

To Mr. ****, an Unlettered Poet, on Genius Unimproved


APHRA BEHN (1640-1689)



George Warren: from An Impartial Description of Surinam

JONATHAN SWIFT (1667-1745)

Gulliver's Travels

Part 4. A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms

Perspectives: Journeys In Search of the Self

Evliya Çelebi (1611-1684)

from The Book of Travels (trans. Robert Dankoff and Robert Elsie)

Matsuo Bashô (1644-1694)

[Selected Haiku] (trans. Haruo Shirane)

from Narrow Road to the Deep North (trans. Haruo Shirane)

Translations: Matsuo Bashô

Charles de Secondat, Baron De la Bréde et De Montesquieu (1689-1755)

from Persian Letters (trans. J. Robert Loy)

Denis Diderot (1713-1784)

from Supplement to the Voyage of Bougainville (trans. John Hope Mason and Robert Wokler)

Olaudah Equiano (c. 1745-1797)

from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano



Candide (trans. Roger Pearson)


Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz: from Theodicy (trans. Huggard)

Alexander Pope: from An Essay on Man

Translations: Voltaire’s Candide

ALEXANDER POPE (1688-1744)

The Rape of the Lock

Perspectives: Liberty and Libertines

Ihara Saikaku (1642-1693)

from Life of a Sensuous Woman (trans. Chris Drake)

Tsangyang Gyatsu (1683-1706)

from Love Poems of the Sixth Dalai Lama (trans. Rick Fields et al.)

John Wilmont, Earl of Rochester (1647-1680)

The Imperfect Enjoyment

A Satyr Against Reason and Mankind

Eliza Haywood (c. 1693-1756)

Fantomina: or, Love in a Maze

Jean-Jacques Rosseau (1712-1778)

from The Social Contract (trans. Christopher Betts)

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797)

from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Anna Letitia Barbauld (1743-1825)

The Rights of Women

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)

An Answer to the Question: What Is Enlightenment? (trans. Mary J. Gregor)





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