The Story of English Literature

The Story of English Literature : Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century 1625-1780

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We have received 'The Story of English Literature, ' with its accompanying selections of 'Readings' for Senior, Intermediate, and Junior Courses. Of the scheme of the work we have already spoken in commendation. The period now covered, ranging from 1625 to 1780 - from the languishing of one Romantic spirit to the birth of another with its many apparently conflicting literary movements, is perhaps, from the student's point of view and even from that of the general reader, one of the most difficult, especially as it is not always easy, in the light of modern ideas, to form a fair appreciation of the work of a Pope or a Johnson. Here, however, the authors have set out with clearness the main tendencies of the age which they treat, and their critical estimates - particularly of Fielding, as exemplified in 'Joseph Andrews, ' and of Goldsmith - are luminous, always interesting, and generally just. The 'Readings' are chosen with admirable taste, both as regards their inherent interest and their bearing on literary development. For inculcating an intelligent and lasting acquaintance with its subject the present series is likely, in our opinion, to prove the best of its kind. -"The Athenaeum: A Journal of Literature, Science, the Fine Arts" [1908]show more

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 22.1mm | 648.63g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507763581
  • 9781507763582