A History of Eighteenth-Century British Literature

by John Richetti

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A History of Eighteenth-Century British Literature is a lively exploration of one of the most diverse and innovative periods in literary history. Capturing the richness and excitement of the era, this book provides extensive coverage of major authors, poets, dramatists, and journalists of the period, such as Dryden, Pope and Swift, while also exploring the works of important writers who have received less attention by modern scholars, such as Matthew Prior and Charles Churchill. Uniquely, the book also discusses noncanonical, working-class writers and demotic works of the era.During the eighteenth-century, Britain experienced vast social, political, economic, and existential changes, greatly influencing the literary world.The major forms of verse, poetry, fiction and non-fiction, experimental works, drama, and political prose from writers such as Montagu, Finch, Johnson, Goldsmith and Cowper, are discussed here in relation to their historical context. A History of Eighteenth-Century British Literature is essential reading for advanced undergraduates and graduate students of English literature.Topics covered include: Verse in the early 18th century, from Pope, Gay, and Swift to Addison, Defoe, Montagu, and FinchPoetry from the mid- to late-century, highlighting the works of Johnson, Gray, Collins, Smart, Goldsmith, and Cowper among others, as well as women and working-class poetsProse Fiction in the early and 18th century, including Behn, Haywood, Defoe, Swift, Richardson, Fielding, and SmollettThe novel past mid-century, including experimental works by Johnson, Sterne, Mackenzie, Walpole, Goldsmith, and BurneyNon-fiction prose, including political and polemical prose18th century drama

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ISBN9781405135023
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PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons Ltd
GanreAutobiography: General
Release date 29.09.2017
Pages count384
File size4 Mb
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