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Cassell's history of English literature

Author: Peter Conrad
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
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A complete chronicle of the literature of the British Isles, from Beowulf to the beginning of the third millennium ... This classic work of literary history has now been updated to cover new developments in writing over the past 20 years. Not only does it provide an encyclopedic survey, but also a personal, chronological interpretation of the English tradition with an emphasis on the continuity of major literary  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Conrad
OCLC Number: 60325980
Notes: Originally published: London : Cassell ; New York : Distributed in the United States by Sterling Pub. Co., ©2003.
Revised edition of: The everyman history of English literature. 1985.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Epic --
Romance --
Chaucerian epic and romance --
Chaucer, Langland and the treachery of the text --
Two versions of pastoral, Arcady and Faeryland --
Arcady of the poem --
Sonnet, history of a form --
Spenser's garden --
Miracles, moralities and Marlowe --
Shakespeare, tragedy, comedy, tragicomedy --
Shakespeare's after-life --
Tragedy and comedy of revenge --
Lyrical nothings --
Milton, 'author and end of all things' --
Lost paradise of the lyric --
Paradise Lost and its predestining --
Acting and being, comedy from Wycherley to Sheridan --
Swift, Pope and the goddess of unreason --
Inventing the novel, Defoe --
Richardson and Fielding, tragic pastoral and comic epic --
Sterne, tragedy, comedy, irony --
Johnson's lives and Boswell's life --
Gothic follies --
Wordsworth, Coleridge and the failed God --
Romantic surfeit --
Romantic deaths --
Imagination and fiction --
Dickens and the breeding of monsters --
Critical epic --
Novel's natural history --
"From romance to realism', Tennyson and Browning --
Decadence and nonsense --
Last romantic? --
Epic, romance and the novel --
Waste Land and the Wastobe Land --
Babel rebuilt --
Stages of drama --
Symbols and secrets --
'Now and in England' --
'Too much history'? 'Too many books'?
Other Titles: History of English literature
Responsibility: Peter Conrad.

Abstract:

A complete chronicle of the literature of the British Isles, from Beowulf to the beginning of the third millennium ... This classic work of literary history has now been updated to cover new developments in writing over the past 20 years. Not only does it provide an encyclopedic survey, but also a personal, chronological interpretation of the English tradition with an emphasis on the continuity of major literary forms and on the ways in which important figures transform the art. The many literary genres, themes, and authors that receive [an] analysis include The Epic Chaucer Two Versions of the Pastoral The Sonnet Spenser's Garden Shakespeare Revenge Tragedy Restoration Comedy Inventing the Novel Gothic Follies Wordsworth and Coleridge and Imagination and Fiction.-http://www.loc.gov/catdir.

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