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Winter , Summer , Spring and Autumn The rhyme plan is ababbcbcc. He wonders what they might have done in the world if they had had better opportunities; but they did not go out into the great cities: In another novel, Peregrine Pickle , the hero is an unpleasant fellow who travels a good deal, has fights, and visits Paris and Holland. Better than these were the plays of william congreve. It was introduced by sir george etherege His play The Man of Mode gives a picture of the immoral manners of the society of the day, but has no proper plot, william wycherley was a satirical dramatist. Mountains, ye mourn" in vain Modred, whose magic song Made huge E Plynlimmon bow his cloud-topped head.
Some of the best-known sayings in English come from Bacon's books, and especially from the Essays. Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark. Death All colours will agree in the dark. Unity in Religion Revenge is a kind of wild justice. Revenge Why should I be angry with a man for loving himself better than me?
Revenge Children sweeten labours 18 but they make misfortunes more bitter. Parents and Children If a man be gracious to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world. Goodness The remedy is worse than the disease. Troubles Stay a little, that we may make an end the sooner. Despatch Cure the disease and kill the patient. Beauty Some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly.
Studies A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. Ceremonies and. The Advancement of Learning considers the different ways of advancing knowledge, and the divisions of knowledge, such as poetry and history.
The New Atlantis contains social ideas in the form of a story. This story is of a journey to an imaginary island, Bensalem, in the Pacific Ocean. Bacon wrote several other books in English and Latin.
The Authorized 20 Version 21 a. The history of the English Bible is important.
In Old English several translations of parts of the Bible were made, but the first complete translation was Wycliffe's. He was later burnt to death for his beliefs, but he is remembered for his careful and important work on the trans- lation. The Authorized Version depended a great deal on Tyndale's work. Several other translations were made in the sixteenth century, including a complete Bible by Miles Coverdale. A meeting was held in to consider a new translation. Forty- seven translators were appointed, and they worked in groups on different parts of the Bible.
The work was finished in 1 and the result, depending chiefly on Wycliffe and Tyndale, was called the Authorized Version, though in fact no one authorized it.
The language is beautiful, strong and pure, very unlike Euphuism. Most English writers are influenced in some way or other by the words of the a. Here are a few sentences from Ecclesiastes, Chapter 1 2: Remember now thy Creator" 4 in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh" when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; while the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain.
A maker " near Timber or Discoveries 1 by the dramatist Ben Jonson, is a collection of notes and ideas on various subjects. Until Jonson wrote this book, nothing had appeared to make clear the true work of a critic, his aims and limitations. Jonson says that a critic ought to judge a work as a whole, and that the critic himself must have some poetic abilities. Jonson is the father of English literary criti- cism. His critical ideas are not limited to this book, but appear elsewhere.
He has some interesting things to say. He thought that Donne, 'for not keeping of accent [proper beat], deserved hanging'. He was not pleased with the Spenserian stanza or with Spenser's language.
Jonson's ideas were much influenced by the classics, 22 and this explains much of what he says. They are not very good plays, but in general the comedies are better than the tragedies. It is in rough verse and contains the sort of humour 2 that may be found among country people. Another comedy was Gammer Gurton's Needle, acted at Cambridge University in , also in rough verse.
It is about the loss and the finding of a needle with which Gammer Gurton mends clothes. Quarrels, broken heads, and a drinking song are important parts of it. Lyly's prose comedy Campaspe and his allegorical play Endimion are an improvement on this. They were performed in front of Queen Elizabeth, probably by boy actors. These boys, known as 'Children of Paul's', no doubt caused a lot of fun when they played the parts of great men such as Alexander the Great, or the philosopher, 3 Diogenes.
Cupid A and my Campaspe played At cards for kisses ; Cupid paid. A God of Love Cupid loses one thing after another to Campaspe, and at last he offers his eyes: At last he set her both his eyes; She won, and Cupid blind did rise. O Love, has she done this to thee? What shall, alas! A , become of 8 me? A how sad! B happen to The first regular English tragedy was Gorboduc, in blank verse, performed in The first three acts were written by thomas Norton, the other two by thomas sagkville.
It is very dull, and is about King Gorboduc of England and his family. This man appears in Spenser's Faerie Queene as Gorbogud. The blank verse is poor stuff, and nothing is done on the stage except some movements in silence. The story of the play is told. The Spanish Tragedy by thomas kyd is an example of the tragedy of blood, p'opular at the time.
Blood and death play a large part in such plays. The Spanish Tragedy is in some ways rather like Shakespeare's Hamlet.
A ghost 4 appears, demanding revenge; but it appears to the father of a murdered son, not to the son of a murdered father, as in Hamlet. A girl who is mad, and a man with the name Horatio as in Hamlet also appear in the play. There is a belief that Kyd once wrote a play based on the Hamlet story, and that Shakespeare saw it; but it has never been found. The first great dramatist of the time was Christopher marlowe.
His first tragedy, Tamburlaine the Great or earlier , is in two parts. It is written in the splendid blank verse that Marlowe brought to the stage. The first part deals with the rise to power of Tambur- 4 ghost, a dead person's spirit appearing to men's sight and hearing. His terrible ambition drives him ever onwards to more power and more cruelty.
His armies conquer Bajazet, ruler of Turkey, whom Tamburlaine takes from place to place in a cage, like a wild animal. In the second part Tamburlaine is pulled to Babylon in a carriage. It is drawn by two kings, whom he whips and curses when they do not go fast enough.
He shouts angrily: Can ye draw but A twenty miles a day? A only When they get tired, they are taken away to be hanged, and then two spare kings have to pull the carriage. Tamburlaine drives on to Babylon, and on arrival gives orders for all the people there to be drowned. His life is violent in other ways.
He cuts an arm to show his son that a wound is unimportant. He shouts for a map. Yet Marlowe's 'mighty line' fills the heart and satisfies the sense of beauty. It is usually powerful and effective, and it is not used only to describe violence. Marlowe discovered the splendid power of the sound of proper names: A fine " very c victory The Jew of Malta ? In it the governor of Malta taxes the Jews there, but Barabas, a rich Jew, refuses to pay. His money and house are therefore taken from him and in revenge he begins a life of violence.
He poisons his own daughter, Abigail, and causes her lover to die too. He helps the Turks when they attack Malta, and so they make him governor; but he decides to kill all the Turkish officers.
He arranges that the floor of a big The title page Oj Marlowe's Doctur Faustus showing Faustus being tempted by the Devil room can be made to fall suddenly, and then invites them to a meal in it.
He hopes thus to destroy them while they are eating, but an enemy makes his secret known, and he himself is thrown down below the floor into a vessel of boiling water. His last words are: Die, life!
Fly, soul! Tongue, curse thy fill and die! The language of The Jew of Malta is not always so fierce ; some- times the beauty of sound and rhythm 5 and again of proper names is very fine: A big ships B plant with sharp taste c move smoothly D Crete The softness of the last line suggests very well the quiet movement of a sailing ship in the old days. Faustus was probably acted in The play is based on the well-known story of a man Faustus who sold his soul to the devil so as to have power and riches in this life.
Marlowe's Faustus agrees to give his soul to the devil, Mephistopheles, in return for twenty-four years of splendid life. During these years the devil must serve him and give him what he wants. The end of the play, when death is near and Faustus is filled with fear, is a highlight of terrible description.
One of the things that Faustus orders the devil to do for him is to bring back from the dead the beautiful Helen of Troy, the cause of the Trojan war. When Faustus sees her, his delight escapes from his lips in these words: Was this the face that launched A a thousand ships And burnt the topless towers of Ilium B? Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss. Kisses her. Her lips suck forth my soul; see where it flies!
Come, Helen, come! Give me my soul again O, thou art fairer than the evening air, Clad D in the beauty of a thousand stars. A sent forth B Troy c undying D clothed Such beautiful language is very different from the rough verse of Gorboduc.
Marlowe's Edward the Second , perhaps his best play, deals with English history. It is possible that he helped Shakespeare with the writing of parts of Henry the Sixth and other early plays. Certainly Marlowe's writing set an example for other dramatists in the great Elizabethan age in two important ways: When Shakespeare added to these his own mastery of plot 6 and his human sympathy, the drama reached its greatest heights. Marlowe was killed in a quarrel at a Thames-side inn before he was thirty years of age.
If he had lived longer, he would probably have written other splendid plays. Shakespeare certainly thought so.
In fact, we know very little about his life. He was born and educated at Stratford-on-Avon, married Anne Hathaway in , and later went to London, where he worked in a theatre. It is known that he was an actor and dramatist by Shakespeare's earliest work is probably seen in certain historical plays.
Perhaps he began his work as a dramatist by improving the work of other writers ; the three plays which tell the story of Henry the Sixth may be an example of this. In Richard the Third ? In the smooth blank verse of Richard the Third, the sense usually ends with the line: I have passed a miserable night, So full of ugly sights, of ghastly A dreams, That, as I am a Christian faithful man, I would not spend another such a night Though 't were to buy a world of happy days. A terrible In Richard the Second there is rather more freedom.
Although the line usually ends at a natural pause, there are times when the sense pushes through from one line to the next: For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground And tell sad stories of the death of kings All murdered ; for within the hollow crown That rounds A the mortal 8 temples of a king Keeps Death his court A surrounds B having only a man's life c side of the head The rhythm of the blank verse is still quite strictly observed ; Shakespeare has not yet developed the master's freedom which brings such freshness and power to his later verse plays ; but the start is here.
Romeo and Juliet is the first of Shakespeare's great tragedies. The plot of this story of pure and tragic love is known in all parts of the civilized world. The deaths of Romeo and Juliet are necessary: The tragedy is deeply sad and moving, but without the shock of the terrible tragedies that followed later.
The first of the comedies was probably A Comedy of Errors 3? The real step forward comes with A Midsummer Might's Dream , which shows Shakespeare's growing power in comedy. The different stories of 7 twins, two children born at the same time to the same parents. The feelings of the lovers are never allowed to tire the audience ; some- thing really funny always interrupts them in time. But there is true sympathy in the treatment of character, and a great deal of beauty in many descriptive lines.
The next play we should notice is The Merchant of Venice In this, Antonio, a merchant, borrows money from Shylock to help his friend Bassanio, who wants to marry the rich and beautiful Portia. Shylock hates Antonio and only agrees to lend the money on condition that, if it is not repaid at the right time, Antonio shall pay a pound of his flesh. When Antonio's ships are wrecked, and to everyone's surprise he cannot pay the money, Shylock demands his pound of flesh.
The case is taken to court, and Antonio has no hope. Then suddenly Portia, dressed as a lawyer, appears in court. At first she tries to persuade Shylock to have mercy, but she does not succeed, even with the famous speech about mercy: It [mercy] droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath ; it is twice blessed: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes 'T is mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes A The throned monarch 8 better than his crown.
A suits B king Then Portia herself becomes hard: Shylock may have his flesh - but not one drop of blood ; there is nothing about blood in the agree- ment. As Shylock cannot take the flesh without spilling some blood, Antonio is saved. The story is nonsense - no one believes that living flesh can form part of an agreement at law - but the play is great. It is called a comedy, though Shylock is, in fact, badly treated. He has been called the first great Shakespearian character, the first great tragic figure.
As You Like It ? Love affairs play an important 9 duke, a nobleman of high rank; in old plays, etc. His wife is a duchess. No actresses appeared on the Elizabethan stage.
The parts of girls were taken by men, and so 'Rosalind' was more accustomed to a man's clothes than a woman's. Minor characters in the play include the sad and thoughtful Jacques and the wise fool Touchstone. The pastoral setting gives us some beautiful descrip- tions, but there is a reality about the characters that was not to be seen in earlier pastoral poetry and plays.
It is true that nature at its most cruel is seen as kinder than men in courts and towns: Blow, blow, thou winter wind, Thou art A not so unkind As man's ingratitude 3 A you are B showing that he is not grateful; unthankfulness But Touchstone is not persuaded: Ay, now am I in Arden ; the more fool I. When I was at home, I was in a better place; but travellers must be content. Much Ado About Nothing , a well-balanced comedy with good speeches, is also built on love affairs ; yet there is a dark side of the play which is there but almost hidden.
The appearance of a selfish young man who brings sorrow to others is repeated in the even darker comedy, All's Well that Ends Well, the date of which is uncertain. Twelfth Night ? The whole play is alive with humour and action. The skill in the changes from bright to dark, from gentle to severe, is matched by the skill in the arrangement of the verse and prose. The Duke Orsino believes that he is in love with the Lady Olivia, but he is more in love with love.
The play contains several songs. Here is one: O, stay and hear; your true love's coming, That can sing both high and low. Trip 8 no further, pretty sweeting; Journeys end in lovers meeting, Every wise man's son doth know. What is love? In delay there lies no plenty; Then come kiss me, sweet and twenty, Youth's a stuff will not endure.
Probably his importance in the play is greater than Shakespeare at first intended ; but he grew to like the man, and so did his audiences, although Falstaff is certainly not a model of knighthood. The young Prince Henry later to become King Henry the Fifth wastes hours drinking and joking with Falstaff, who is proudly penniless, delightfully rude, fatly wicked, wonderfully unpleasant to look at, boastfully late for battles, and a cheerful coward who carries a bottle even on the battlefield.
When Henry becomes king, Falstaff expects to be given a position of honour and an endless supply of refreshment by his old companion. What a shock he gets! T know thee not, old man,' is King Henry's answer to his greeting. Falstaff is heart-broken. Henry allows him some money, but considers the affairs of England more important than the affairs of Sir John Falstaff. Henry the Fifth was performed in It is filled with the love of country and the spirit of war.
Those who wanted to see Falstaff again were disappointed: It is a pleasant play, but without great importance. It is convenient now to consider the three Roman tragedies, and then the four great tragedies.
Julius Caesar ? In the earliest plays there is not enough thought to fill the language ; the later plays are difficult because so much thought is pressed into the language that it is not very clear. In Julius Caesar the thought and the language are about balanced. Its structure 10 is also clear: The hero 13 is Brutus, who joins Cassius and the other conspira- tors in the plan to kill Caesar.
They believe that he wants to make himself king. Much of the play is now famous. Before a large crowd of Roman citizens Antony makes his great speech over the body of Caesar. It begins: Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears! I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred A with their bones. So let it be with Caesar A buried Yet this speech is not a great deal finer than many others.
On seeing the dead body of Brutus at the end of the play, his enemy Antony says: I I crisis, the turning point in a play, when the effect on the feelings of the audience is strongest. He only, in a general honest thought, And common good to all, made c one of them. His life was gentle; and the elements So mixed in him that Nature might stand up And say to all the world, 'This was a man!
Cleopatra is jealous, and Antony returns to Egypt. Octavius follows with ships and men, and defeats Antony at Alexandria. Hearing falsely that Cleopatra is dead, Antony falls on his sword, is carried to Cleopatra, and dies in her arms. She then takes her own life by allowing a snake to bite her. Coriolanus concerns the life and death of Caius Marcius Coriolanus, a proud Roman commander who leads his armies against the Volscians and beats them.
On his return to Rome, he wishes to become one of the consuls rulers of the city; but to succeed in this aim, he must ask the people for votes. His pride makes this impossible: He is driven from Rome for insulting the people, comes back with a Volsican army to attack his own city, is met there by his wife and his mother, and is persuaded to lead the army away.
The Volscians then kill him for failing in his duty to them. In each of these tragedies, the fatal weakness of character, and the tragic course of events, which together lead a great man to ruin, are clear enough.
Brutus is not a practical man. He loves Rome more than he loves his friend, Caesar; but he is thrown into a situation where he must deal with practical life and war. He makes several bad mistakes. For example, he allows Antony to speak to the people after himself; and the crowd remembers Antony's speech better because it is later.
A practical man would speak last to an uneducated crowd. He uses reasons to show the crowd that the murder was necessary. Antony more wisely stirs up their feelings. Coriolanus is ruined by his terrible pride. If he had humbly asked for votes, the people would gladly have chosen him as consul; but he scorns their dirty bodies and their stupid minds. This wrecks his own life. Many men are not practical; many men love comfort; many men are proud.
But they escape destruction because the course of events helps to hide their weaknesses. In Hamlet , the prince of that name suspects that his dead father, King of Denmark, has been murdered by his uncle, Claudius.
Claudius has become king and has married Hamlet's mother. The ghost of Hamlet's dead father appears to him in the castle of Elsinore and tells him about the murder. Hamlet decides on revenge; but then he begins to think too much, and to hesitate. Was the ghost telling the truth? Hamlet must try to find proof of the murder. But still he hesitates. The play still holds our attention, and Hamlet keeps our sympathy, but the end is certain and unavoidable.
Hamlet's tragic weakness is hesitation, inability to act when action is needed. He is too much of a thinker. In King Lear ? It is perhaps Shakespeare's greatest work, reaching into the deepest places of the human spirit; but as a play on the stage it is very difficult, if not impossible, to act.
Lear's weakness is his open- ness to flattery. In Macbeth the hero, Macbeth, must be considered together with his wife, Lady Macbeth. Three old witches tell Macbeth that he will receive high honours and then become king. The high honours come, and he decides to help fate to make him king.
Malcolm brings an army against Macbeth, who is killed. Lady Macbeth is already dead. Here are some words of Macbeth when he hears of her death: Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow Creeps in this petty pace 3 from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time ; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death.
Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, That struts and frets E his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more; it is a tale Told by an idiot F , full of sound and fury, G Signifying" nothing.
The Macbeth speech has the ring of power, but the metre is treated with the freedom of a master, and the sense runs frequently past the end of a line.
I it Is! Othello too easily believes this, and kills Desdemona. Some critics have said that Othello has no fatal weakness; but such unquestioning jealousy is great weakness, even if it comes from a mind too noble to doubt evil suggestions.
The main last plays of Shakespeare are usually called the romances. It is generally agreed that The Tempest is his last complete play. All these works are coloured with the idea of forgiveness.
There is still wickedness in these worlds, but it is not 1 6 tempest, storm. Gone is the violence of the great tragedies. Instead we have happier things - beautiful islands and beautiful girls: A speech in the last of these plays seems to show that Shakespeare had decided to write no more. This is part of it: Our revels A now are ended. These our actors As I foretold 8 you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin, air.
We are such stuff As dreams are made on, c and our little life Is rounded with a sleep. A amusements B told you to expect c of The immense power and variety of Shakespeare's work have led to the idea that one man cannot have written it all ; yet it must be true that one man did.
There is usually more in the language of the later plays than at first meets the eye. They must be read again and again if we want to reach down to the bottom of the sense. If a new play is found and supposed to be by Shakespeare, we can decide whether it belongs to his later work.
If it does, no one will understand the whole meaning at a first reading. A great dramatist who followed Shakespeare, but who was far below him, was benjamin jonson. His work is more learned and less inspired 16 than Shakespeare's, and the ancient classics had a great influence on it. His best known play is Every Man in his Humour 1 A 'humour' meant a quality made into a person, a special foolish- ness, or the chief strong feeling in a man.
This is one of Jonson's weaknesses as a dramatist. His characters are walking humours, and not really human. In this play Kitely, a merchant, has a pretty wife and his humour is jealousy. He suspects a young man, Knowell, of having ideas about the pretty wife. Knowell's father also has a humour: Bobadill, a cowardly soldier, is one of Jonson's best-drawn characters.
His tragedy Sejanus was played- at the Globe Theatre in by Shakespeare's company. Volpone the Fox, a comedy, was also acted at the Globe, and at the two old universities in Jonson was also one of the best producers of masques at this or any other time.
These masques are dramatic entertainments with dancing and music, which are more important than the story and the characters. Jonson was proud and rude. He said, in effect, 'Here is my play. It's good. If you don't like it, that's your fault.
Of him Jonson said: Soul of the Age! The applause! My Shakespeare, rise! I will not lodge A thee by Chaucer, or Spenser, or bid Beaumont lie A little further, to make thee a room. Thou art a moniment 8 without a tomb c , And art alive still, while thy book doth live, And we have wits D to read, and praise to give.
A place you beside B gravestone c grave D skill Jonson believed in the unities of place, time and action. That is to say, he thought that the scenes of a play ought all to be in one place, or at least not too far from each other. If the audience were supposed to travel a few hundred miles between one scene and the next, he did not think it reasonable. The unity of time meant that the events of a play ought not to spread over more than twenty-four hours; and most, of his own plays follow this rule.
The unity of action meant that nothing outside the main story should be allowed into the play. He crossed out a fine speech in the original Every Man in his Humour because it was in praise of poetry and did not suit the rest of the action. They are all remarkable plays, but it is hard to find a single ordinary person in them.
Other dramatists of the time include john webster, who depended a lot on violence, revenge, murder, wrong-doing, and so on. His best two plays are The White Devil 1? He is not afraid of showing almost unbearable suffering; yet his work contains groups of words that stay long in the mind. Among these are, 'The friendless bodies of unburied men', from The White Devil, and T am Duchess of Malfi still' and T know death hath ten thousand several doors for men to take their exits 18 , from The Duchess of Malfi.
With Beaumont he produced The Knight of the Burning Pestle 19 , a comedy which helps the modern reader to understand the theatre and stage of those days. The two men also wrote tragedies, such as The Maid's Tragedy 1. After leaving the university, he studied at home in Horton, Buckinghamshire , and was grateful to his father for allowing him to do this instead of preparing for a profession. He lived a pure life, believing that he had a great purpose to complete.
At college he was known as The Lady of Christ's. It is convenient to consider his works in three divisions. At first he wrote his shorter poems at Horton.
Next he wrote mainly prose. His three greatest poems belong to the last group. At the age of 23 he had still done little in life, as he admits in a sonnet: How soon hath time, the subtle A thief of youth Stolen on his wing my three-and-twentieth year!
My hasting days fly on with full career 6 And my late spring no bud c or blossom showeth. A secretly clever B at full speed c young flower D full flower Among his other sonnets, he wrote one on his own blindness: But Patience, to prevent That murmur", soon replies, 'God doth not need Either man's work or his own gifts; who best Bear his mild yoke 1 , they serve him best: One of his notebooks contains pieces taken from eighty writers - Greek, Latin, English, French and Italian.
At the same time he was studying music. L' Allegro the happy man and II Penseroso the thoughtful man both are usually considered together. The word Penseroso should be Pensieroso in good Italian. In the first the poet describes the joys of life in the country in spring; outside in the fields in the morning, but at home in the evening, enjoying music and books.
In the second poem, which is set in the autumn, he studies during the day and goes to a great church in the evening to listen to the splendid music. Comus , also written at Horton, is a masque, and Arcades ? Lycidas is a sorrowful pastoral on the death by drowning of Edward King, who had been a student with Milton at Cambridge. In one part the poet argues that some men might think it useless to study hard, but the hope of fame drives the spirit onwards: Were it not better done, as others use, To sport with Amaryllis in the shade, Or with the tangles A of Neaera's hair?
B driving force c weakness D hard-working Milton's prose works were mainly concerned with church affairs, divorce 1 , and freedom. Many of them are violent in language, and have neither literary value nor interest for modern readers. English Literature. An Outline of Kikaonde Grammar. An outline of ergodic theory. An Outline of Occult Science. An Outline of Informational Genetics. An Outline of Cambodian Grammar. An Outline of European Architecture. An Outline of Silozi Grammar.
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What's also a bit annoying that they omitted several important books. But it's useful if you need to have basic knowledge about British literature. View all 3 comments. Jun 29, La Petite Princesse: If you, just like me, don't have a general idea about the history of English literature and need to develop a quick background on the subject, this is really a five-star book for you.
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But I found the way this book is written very funny lol. I mean it's clearly for kids in school and all but I laughed everytime they said things like 'he also wrote a couple other things but they weren't good so it doesn't matter'. It was also weird how they dedicated so little to some authors and also the lack of women.
But anyways, got some good recs, thanks m8. To me, this book is much more interesting than the book about American literature I just read. However, it may just because I am more fond of literature of England than that of America. Besides, difficult vocabularies are explained in footnotes, which are very helpful.
English learners will surely appreciate it. Overall, the book is a great introduction to the world of English literature. Jan 22, Malika rated it it was amazing.
This books saved me for the preparation of the module of survey on English Literature at university. It is the summury of all the periods from old English until contemporary literature. And it gave me an idea of important books to read, so I highly recomend it especially for beginners.
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