1000 Years of English Literature: Revised Edition

1000 Years of English Literature: Revised Edition

by Christopher Green Fletcher, Roger Evans, Sally Brown


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1000 Years of English Literature: Revised Edition by Christopher Green Fletcher, Roger Evans, Sally Brown

From the 10th-century manuscript of Beowulf to the work of such 20th-century authors as T.S. Eliot, Ted Hughes, and Angela Carter, this beautifully illustrated book presents a panorama of more than 1000 years of literature in English through original manuscripts from the British Library's unparalleled collections. Presented chronologically, the book describes the life and work of nearly 100 of the best-loved British writers, and reproduces manuscripts in their own hand. It includes such masterpieces of literature as Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway, Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast, and Laurie Lee's Cider with Rosie. Whether written on parchment, vellum, or paper, whether poems, short stories, notebooks, novels, or diaries, these documents provide a unique record of the process of composition. Presented in large-format color reproductions, they offer fascinating insights into the world of the writer at work and often reveal major amendments and corrections carried out during the course of writing. Chris Fletcher's engaging text explains the significance of each writer and the contribution the original manuscripts make to our understanding of the author and their work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780712358736
Publisher: British Library, The
Publication date: 07/15/2012
Edition description: Updated
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Chris Fletcher was Head of English Literary Manuscripts at the British Library until 1996. He is now Keeper of Special Collections at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

Table of Contents


Early and Medieval
The 'Harley Lyrics'
'Sir Orfeo'
William Langland
The 'Gawain Poet'
John Gower
Geoffrey Chaucer
The 'Sloane Lyrics'
Margery Kempe
Charles d'Orléans
Sir Thomas Malory
Robert Henryson

Renaissance and Restoration
Sir Thomas Wyatt
Launcelot Andrewes
Sir John Harington
George Peele
William Shakespeare
Sir Walter Ralegh
Ben Jonson
Sir Fulke Greville
Robert Herrick
Philip Massinger
John Milton
Sir Thomas Browne
John Dryden
Katherine Philips
Thomas Traherne
Samuel Butler

The Eighteenth Century
Jonathan Swift
Alexander Pope
Allan Ramsay
Daniel Defoe
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Samuel Richardson
Laurence Sterne
Thomas Gray
Samuel Johnson
Robert Burns
William Cowper
William Blake

The Nineteenth Century
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
William Wordsworth
Jane Austen
John Keats
Percy Bysshe Shelley
John Clare
Sir Walter Scott
Mary Shelley
George Gordon, Lord Byron
Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning
Emily Brontë
Charlotte Brontë
Anne Brontë
Charles Dickens
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Lewis Carroll
Edward Lear
George Eliot
Christina Rossetti
Thomas Hardy
Oscar Wilde

The Twentieth Century
Arthur Conan Doyle
Joseph Conrad
E. M. Forster
Kenneth Grahame
Wilfred Owen
Katherine Mansfield
T. S. Eliot
James Joyce
Virginia Woolf
George Bernard Shaw
Stella Gibbons
Dylan Thomas
John Betjeman
Philip Larkin
Terence Rattigan
Mervyn Peake
Lawrence Durrell
John Osborne
Stevie Smith
Laurie Lee
Sylvia Plath
W. H. Auden
Harold Pinter
B. S. Johnson
Jean Rhys
Angela Carter
Ted Hughes
J. G. Ballard
Dame Beryl Bainbridge
Sir Tom Stoppard
Graham Swift
Wendy Cope

Further reading
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