The Oxford Book of English Love Stories

Overview

Love, so the song goes, is a many-splendoured thing. We turn to literature to learn what love is and what it should be, and readers of this collection will find consolation and inspiration in equal measure from some of the astute observers of this most essential human emotion. The twenty-eight stories chosen by John Sutherland reflect something of the infinite diversity of English love, with authors as varied as Sylvia Plath and Aphra Behn, Thomas Hardy and V. S. Pritchett, D. H. Lawrence and Adam Mars-Jones. ...
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Overview

Love, so the song goes, is a many-splendoured thing. We turn to literature to learn what love is and what it should be, and readers of this collection will find consolation and inspiration in equal measure from some of the astute observers of this most essential human emotion. The twenty-eight stories chosen by John Sutherland reflect something of the infinite diversity of English love, with authors as varied as Sylvia Plath and Aphra Behn, Thomas Hardy and V. S. Pritchett, D. H. Lawrence and Adam Mars-Jones. Simple or sophisticated, sometimes comic, and often very moving, these stories give a delightful perspective on the mysteries of the English in love.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Sophisticated and simple, sometimes comic and often moving."--Women's Weekly

"Love's endlessly fascinating possibilities and varied forms --virginal love, adulterous love, gay love, and so on, are robustly portrayed in a collection which also succeeds in showing how the twenty-eight authors included, approach their theme according to both the social and literary conventions of the their day."--Helen Rennie, Oxford Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192142375
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Editor:
John Sutherland, Professor of English at University College, London, has edited numerous World's Classics. He is Associate General-Editor of the Oxford Popular Fiction series, and is currently editing The Oxford Companion to Popular Fiction.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Adventure of the Black Lady 1
The Picture 7
The Trial of Love 9
The Heart of John Middleton 23
Dennis Haggarty's Wife 44
The Parson's Daughter of Oxney Colne 63
To Esther 90
Enter a Dragoon 101
Olive's Lover 120
The Wish House 131
Miss Winchelsea's Heart 147
A Long-Ago Affair 163
Claribel 167
Episode 181
Fifty Pounds 201
The Legacy 216
Samson and Delilah 223
The Tunnel 239
Something Childish but very Natural 246
Love and Money 264
Hubert and Minnie 284
A Love Story 295
Blind Love 311
The Blue Film 351
Stone Boy with Dolphin 356
An English Unofficial Rose 379
The Loveliness of the Long-Distance Runner 392
A Small Spade 400
Biographical Notes 443
Acknowledgements 451
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