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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Meet the Author
David Damrosch is Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. He is a past president of the American Comparative 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.
Clare Carroll is Director of Renaissance Studies at The Graduate Center, City University of New York and Professor of Comparative Literature at Queens College and at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research is in Renaissance Studies, with particular interests in early modern colonialism, epic poetry, historiography, and translation. She is the author of The Orlando Furioso: A Stoic Comedy, and editor of Richard Beacon's humanist dialogue on the colonization of Ireland, Solon His Follie. Her most recent book is Circe's Cup: Cultural Transformations in Early Modern Ireland. She has received Fulbright Fellowships for her research and the Queens College President's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Andrew Hadfield is Professor of English at The University of Sussex. He is the author of a number of books, including Shakespeare and Republicanism (2005), which was awarded the 2006 Sixteenth-Century Society Conference Roland H. Bainton Prize for Literature; Literature, Travel and Colonialism in the English Renaissance, 1540-1625 (1998); and Spenser's Irish Experience: Wilde Fruyt and Salvage Soyl (1997). He has also edited a number, most recently, with Matthew Dimmock, Religions of the Book: Co-existence and Conflict, 1400-1660 (2008), and with Raymond Gillespie, The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Vol. III: The Irish Book in English, 1550-1800 (2006). He is a regular reviewer for the TLS.
Constance Jordan is Professor Emerita of English at Claremont Graduate University. She is the author of Renaissance Feminism: Literary Texts and Political Models, and Shakespeare's Monarchies: Ruler and Subject in the Romances, and co-editor with Karen Cunningham of a forthcoming collection of essays on the Law in Shakespeare. She has received Fellowships from the ACLS, the NEH, and the Folger and the Huntington Libraries. Her interests include the literature of contact in the Atlantic World, 1500-1680.
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Table of Contents
THE EARLY MODERN PERIOD.
Manerly Margery, Mylk and Ale.
Garland of Laurel.
Sir Thomas Wyatt.
The Long Love, That in My Thought Doth Harbor.
Sonnet 140, Petrarch.
Whoso List to Hunt.
Sonnet 190, Petrarch.
They Flee from Me.
Sometime I Fled the Fire.
My Lute, Awake!
Forget Not Yet.
Blame Not My Lute.
Lucks, My Fair Falcon, and Your Fellows All.
Stand Whoso List.
Mine Own John Poins.
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.
Sonnet 164, Petrarch.
So Cruel Prison.
London, Hast Thou Accused Me.
Wyatt Resteth Here.
My Radcliffe, When Thy Reckless Youth Offends.
Sir Thomas More.
Perspectives: Government and Self-Government.
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.
From A Short Treatise of Political Power.
From The Book of Martyrs.
From Of Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity.
James I (James VI of Scotland).
From The True Law of Free Monarchies.
From The Book of the Courtier.
From The Schoolmaster.
From The First Part of the Elementary.
Seven Sonnets to Alexander Neville.
The Shepheardes Calender.
The Faerie Queene.
A Letter of the Authors.
Sir Philip Sidney.
The Apology for Poetry.
“The Apology” and Its Time: The Art of Poetry.
From The School of Abuse.
From The Art of English Poesie.
From Certain Notes of Instruction.
From A Defense of Rhyme.
Astrophil and Stella.
I.W. To Her Unconstant Lover.
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” ).
Psalm 71, Miles Coverdale.
Psalm 121: Levavi Oculos (“Unto the hills, I now will bend” ).
The Doleful Lay of Clorinda.
Written with a Diamond on Her Window at Woodstock.
Written on a Wall at Woodstock.
The Doubt of Future Foes.
On Monsieur's Departure.
Psalm 13 (“Fools that true faith yet never had” ).
The Metres of Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy.
On Mary, Queen of Scots.
On Mary's Execution.
To the English Troops at Tilbury, Facing the Spanish Armada.
The Golden Speech.
The Description of Cookham.
Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum.
The Affectionate Shepherd.
Sonnets from Cynthia.
The Passionate Shepherd to His Love.
The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd, Sir Walter Raleigh.
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.
“The Discovery“ and Its Time: Voyage Literature.
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 endearhd 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 are 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, thsou 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” ).
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.
From A True Repertory of the Wrack and Redemption of Sir Thomas Gates, upon and from the Islands of Bermuda, William Strachey.
From Of Cannibals, Michel de Montaigne.
Perspectives: England in the New World.
To the Virginian Voyage.
From General History of Virginia and the Summer Isles.
Letter to His Father and Mother.
From A Sermon Preached to the Honorable Company of the Virginia Plantation.
From On the Plymouth Plantation.
The Bay Psalm Book.
From On Her Captivity.
The Poor Unhappy Transported Felon's Sorrowful Account of His Fourteen Yrs. Transportation at Virginia in America.
Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton.
The Roaring Girl; or, Moll Cut-Purse.
“The Roaring Girl” and Its Time: City Life.
King James I.
Perspectives: Tracts on Women and Gender.
Hic Mulier and Haec-Vir.
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 under ground.
Never weather-beaten sail more willing bent to shore.
To the Reader.
To nothing fitter can I thee compare.
Since there's no help, come let us kiss and part.
To His Coy Love, A Canzonet.
On Something, That Walks Somewhere.
On My First Daughter.
To John Donne.
On My First Son.
Inviting a Friend to Supper.
Song: To Celia.
From 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.
The Good Morrow.
Song (“Go, and catch a falling star” ).
The Sun Rising.
Air and Angels.
Break of Day.
A Valediction: of Weeping.
A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning.
Elegy 19. To His Mistress Going to Bed.
Devotions upon Emergent Occasions.
Lady Mary Wroth .
Pamphilia to Amphilanthus.
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 Tracy.
Discontents in Devon.
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.
Perspectives: Emblem, Style, and Metaphor.
To Lucasta, Going to the Wars.
To Althea, from Prison.
Love Made in the First Age: To Chloris.
Silence, and Stealth of Days.
They Are All Gone into the World of Light!
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.
An Horatian Ode Upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland.
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 Development Of English Prose.
Of Marriage and Single Life.
Of Studies version of 1597.
Of Studies version of 1625.
The King James Bible.
Lady Mary Wroth.
From The Countess of Mountgomery's Urania.
Sir Thomas Browne.
The Anatomy of Melancholy.
Perspectives: The Civil War, or the Wars of Three Kingdoms.
The Petition of Gentlewomen and Tradesmen's Wives.
John O'Dwyer of the Glenn.
The Story of Alexander Agnew; or, Jock of Broad Scotland.
Edward Hyde, Earl OF Clarendon.
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 Reason of Church Government.
From Book 3.
From Book 4.
From Book 5.
From Book 8.
Perspectives: Spiritual Self-Reckonings.
Political and Religious Orders.
Money, Weights, and Measures.
Glossary of Literary and Cultural Terms.