Masterpieces of British Modernism

Masterpieces of British Modernism

by Marlowe A. Miller
     
 

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Flourishing during the first 2 decades of the 20th century, British Modernism gave birth to some of the world's most influential literary works. Written expressly for high school students and general readers, this book succinctly yet thoughtfully discusses 7 masterpieces of British Modernism. Included are chapters on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, E.M.

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Flourishing during the first 2 decades of the 20th century, British Modernism gave birth to some of the world's most influential literary works. Written expressly for high school students and general readers, this book succinctly yet thoughtfully discusses 7 masterpieces of British Modernism. Included are chapters on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, E.M. Forster's Howards End, James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love, T.S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and The Wasteland, and Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway. Each chapter provides biographical information; a plot summary; an analysis of themes, style, symbols, and characters; and a discussion of the work's historical and cultural contexts. An introductory essay surveys and defines Modernism, and a bibliography cites works for further reading.

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"This study of masterworks by early 20th-century authors provides context for understanding these remarkable works in the wake of societal upheavals and changes that characterized the period….Themes introduced in the preface are woven throughout the examination of individual works, from Heart of Darkness to Mrs. Dalloway, giving a solid introduction to critical analysis. An excellent guide for beginning researchers." - Curriculum Connections

"This title provides a critical overview of works by six authors. Following a concise introduction, one seminal novel each by Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness ), E. M. Forster (Howards End ), James Joyce (A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man ), D. H. Lawrence (Women in Love ), and Virginia Woolf (Mrs. Dalloway ) as well as two poems by T. S. Eliot (The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and The Waste Land) are discussed. Each chapter includes biographical context, plot summary, character development, symbols and motifs, narrative style, and historical context. This nearly uniform approach facilitates easy use for beginning researchers. Themes articulated in the introduction are successfully woven throughout to provide a clear picture of the ties between the authors, their works, and this period of social upheaval at the turn of the 20th century….[p]rovides accessible criticism for any library in need of titles on this period, or on the works discussed within." - School Library Journal

"Miller introduces students and general readers to seven classic texts by six key authors of the Modernist period in British literature. Each profile includes a summary; an analysis of important characters, themes, and symbols; a discussion of style; and an overview of the historical context. Biographical information on each author is also provided. Works examined include Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, and Eliot's The Waste Land." - Reference & Research Book News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313036637
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/2006
Series:
Greenwood Introduces Literary Masterpieces
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
413 KB

Meet the Author

Marlowe A. Miller is Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

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