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By Jonathan Bate

A popular critic, biographer, and Shakespeare student, Jonathan Bate presents during this Very brief Introduction a full of life and fascinating review of the literature that Jorge Luis Borges known as "the richest within the world." From the medieval "Hymn of Caedmon" to George Orwell's "Why I Write," from Jane Austen to Ian McEwan, and from Winnie the Pooh to Dr. Johnson, this excellent, compact survey stretches around the centuries, exploring the main literary kinds (poetry, novel, drama, essay and more), the various histories and theories of the very concept of literature, and the function of writers in shaping English, British, and post-imperial identities. Bate illuminates the paintings of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Dickens, and lots of different significant figures of English literature. He appears on the Renaissance, Romanticism, and Modernism, on the beginning of the radical and the Elizabethan invention of the belief of a countrywide literature, and on the nature of writing itself. starting from kid's literature to biography, this is often an imperative consultant and an notion for an individual attracted to England's wonderful literary heritage.

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The VSI Library now comprises over two hundred volumes-a Very brief creation to every little thing from historic Egypt and Indian philosophy to conceptual paintings and cosmology-and will keep growing to a library of round three hundred titles. VERY brief INTRODUCTIONS on hand NOW for additional information stopover at our website www. oup. co. uk/general/vsi/ English Literature: a really brief advent ENGLISH LITERATURE a truly brief creation Jonathan Bate Contents checklist of illustrations 1 as soon as upon a time 2 What it's three while it all started four The examine of English five sessions and hobbies 6 one of the English poets 7 Shakespeare and dramatic literature eight points of the English novel nine The Englishness of English Literature? Publisher’s acknowledgements additional analyzing Index record of illustrations 1a ‘The Expulsion’: representation via William Blake to the ultimate traces of John Milton’s Paradise misplaced (1808) 6 © 2010 The Huntington Library, paintings Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California. All rights reserved 1b Ernest H. Shepard representation at the final web page of A. A. Milne’s the home at Pooh nook (1928) 7 © The property of E. H. Shepard, reproduced with permission of Curtis Brown crew constrained, London, and Dutton Children’s Books, A department of Penguin younger Readers staff, A Member of Penguin team (USA) Inc. , 345 Hudson highway, ny, big apple 10014. All rights reserved 2 snapshot of Geoffrey Chaucer in the Ellesmere manuscript of The Canterbury stories (early fifteenth century) fifty five The Huntington Library, San Marino, California. © The Granger Collection/TopFoto three ‘Easter Wings’ in George Herbert, The Temple (1633) seventy nine Author’s assortment four Holograph manuscript of Wilfred Owen’s ‘Dulce et decorum est’, with corrections by way of the poet and markings by means of Siegfried Sassoon (drafted 1917, revised 1918) a hundred © The British Library/HIP/TopFoto five ‘A Wish’: London Underground propaganda poster, with photo by means of George Clausen and poem by means of Samuel Rogers (1917) 102 Imperial warfare Museum, London (Q 79857) 6 name web page of the 1st Folio of Shakespeare’s performs (1623) 116 © The British Museum/TopFoto 7 identify web page of Jane Austen’s first released novel, feel and Sensibility (1811) 124 Author’s assortment eight stories of ask yourself! comic strip through James Gillray (1802) 127 Author’s assortment nine ‘Charles Dickens as he appears to be like whilst reading’, wooden engraving from a cartoon through Charles A. Barry in Harper’s Weekly (7 December 1867) 134 © Bettmann/Corbis 10 The black web page in quantity 1 of Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy 143 Geoffrey Day assortment eleven William Blake, Preface to Milton: A Poem (1804-11) 167 Author’s assortment bankruptcy 1 as soon as upon a time Beginnings, departures as soon as upon a time, you had your first advent to English Literature. it can have began with the phrases ‘Once upon a time’. in the event you have been a baby within the twentieth century, it may have long gone like this: ‘Once upon a time, a long time in the past now, approximately final Friday, Winnie-the-Pooh lived in a woodland all by way of himself lower than the identify of Sanders.

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