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Longman Anthology of British Literature, Volume 1c: The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century


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Key Benefit:  The Fourth Edition builds upon the strengths of previous editions with its sustained attention to the context in which the literature was produced and its broadened scope of literature that includes the full cultural diversity of the British Isles.  Key Topics:  Includes canonical authors and newly visible authors.  Extensive selections from previously underrepresented female writers are fully integrated.  New “Responses” readings group works that were based on earlier writings to link works across time and place.  “Perspectives” readings are broad groupings that illuminate underlying issues in a variety of the major works of a period.  Market:  For anyone wanting a fresh approach to the study and enjoyment of British literature.          



The Fourth Edition of The Longman Anthology of British Literature continues its tradition of presenting works in the historical context in which they were written.  This fresh approach includes writers from the British Isles, underrepresented female authors, Perspectivessectionsthatshed light on the period as a whole and link with immediately surrounding works to help illuminate a theme, “And Its Time” clusters that illuminate a specific cultural moment or a debate to which an author is responding, and “Responses” in which later authors respond to one or more texts from earlier works. 




About the Author

Literature Association, and has written widely on world literature from antiquity to the present. His books include What Is World Literature? (2003), The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh (2007), and How to Read World Literature (2009). He is the founding general editor of the six-volume Longman Anthology of World Literature, 2/e (2009) and the editor of Teaching World Literature (2009).


Kevin J. H. Dettmar is W. M. Keck Professor and Chair, Department of English, at Pomona College, and Past President of the Modernist Studies Association.  He is the author of The Illicit Joyce of Postmodernism and Is Rock Dead?, and the editor of Rereading the New: A Backward Glance at Modernism; Marketing Modernisms: Self-Promotion, Canonization, and Rereading; Reading Rock & Roll: Authenticity, Appropriation, Aesthetics; the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners; and The Blackwell Companion to Modernist Literature and Culture, and co-general editor of The Longman Anthology of British Literature.     


Stuart Sherman is Associate Professor of English at Fordham University. He received the Gottschalk Prize from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies for his book Telling Time: Clocks, Diaries, and English Diurnal Form, 1660-1775, and is currently at work on a study called “News and Plays: Evanescences of Page and Stage, 1620-1779.” He has received the Quantrell Award for Undergraduate Teaching, as well as fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Chicago Humanities Institute, and Princeton University.


Table of Contents

* denotes selection is new to this edition.



Samuel Pepys.

The Diary.

(First Entries.)

(The Coronation of Charles II.)

(The Plague Year.)

(The Fire of London.)

Companion Reading.

John Evelyn: From Kalendarium.

(The Royal Society.)

(Theater and Music.)

(Elizabeth Pepys and Deborah Willett.)

* Response.

* Robert Louis Stevenson, From Samuel Pepys.


Perspectives: The Royal Society and the New Science.

Thomas Sprat. From The History of the Royal Society of London.

Philosophical Transactions. From Philosophical Transactions.

Robert Hooke. From Micrographia.

John Aubrey. From Brief Lives.


Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle.

Poems and Fancies.

The Poetress's Hasty Resolution.

The Poetress's Petition.

An Apology for Writing So Much upon This Book.

The Hunting of the Hare.

From A True Relation of My Birth, Breeding, and Life.

Observations upon Experimental Philosophy.

Of Micrography, and of Magnifying and Multiplying Glasses.

The Description of a New Blazing World.

From To the Reader.

(Creating Worlds.)

(Empress, Duchess, Duke.)



John Dryden.

Absalom and Achitophel: A Poem.

Companion Reading.

Charles II: His Majesty's Declaration.

Mac Flecknoe.

To the Memory of Mr. Oldham.

To the Pious Memory of the Accomplished Young Lady Mrs. Anne Killigrew.

Alexander's Feast.

Fables Ancient and Modern.

From Preface.

The Secular Masque.


Aphra Behn.

The Disappointment.

To Lysander, on Some Verses He Writ.

To Lysander at the Music-Meeting.

A Letter to Mr. Creech at Oxford.

To the Fair Clarinda, Who Made Love to Me, Imagined More than Woman.


* Response.

* Thomas Southerne, Oroonoko: A Tragedy.


* Perspectives: Coterie Writing.

Mary, Lady Chudleigh. To the Ladies. To Almystrea.

* Anne Finch, Countess of Winchelsea. The Introduction.

* Friendship Between Ephelia and Ardelia. A Nocturnal Reverie. A Ballad to Mrs. Catherine Fleming in London.

* Mary Leapor. The Headache.

* Mira to Octavia To Aurelia.

* An Epistle to Artemisia: On Fame. Advice to Sophronia. The Epistle of Deborah Dough.


John Wilmot, Earl Of Rochester.

Against Constancy.

The Disabled Debauchee.

Song (“Love a woman? You're an ass!”)

The Imperfect Enjoyment.

Upon Nothing.

A Satyr Against Reason and Mankind.


William Wycherley.

The Country Wife.


Mary Astell.

From Some Reflections upon Marriage.


Daniel Defoe.

A True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal.

Companion Readings.

L. Lukyn: Letter to her Aunt.

Stephen Gray: Letter to John Flamsteed.

An Interview with Mrs. Bargrave.

A Journal of the Plague Year.

(At the Burial Pit.)

(Encounter with a Waterman.)


Perspectives: Reading Papers.

News and Comment.

From Mercurius Publicus (Anniversary of the Regicide).

From The London Gazette (The Fire of London).

From Daily Courant No. 1 (Editorial Policy).

Daniel Defoe. From A Review of the State of the British Nation, Vol 4, No. 21 (The New Union).

From The Craftsman No. 307 (Vampires in Britain).

Periodical Personae.

Richard Steele. From Tatler No. 1 (Introducing Mr. Bickerstaff).

Joseph Addison. From Spectator No. 1 (Introducing Mr. Spectator).

From Female Spectator No. 1 (The Author's Intent).

Richard Steele. From Tatler No. 18 (The News Writers in Danger).

Joseph Addison. From Tatler No. 155 (The Political Upholsterer).

Joseph Addison. From Spectator No. 10 (The Spectator and Its Readers).

Getting, Spending, Speculating.

Joseph Addison. Spectator No. 69 (Royal Exchange).

Richard Steele. Spectator No. 11 (Inkle and Yarico).

Daniel Defoe. From A Review of the State of the British Nation, Vol 1, No. 43 (Weak Foundations).

Advertisements from the Spectator.

A Bubbler's Medley.

From Historical Register for the Year 1720.

Anne Finch. A Song on the South Sea.

Thomas D'Urfey. The Hubble Bubbles,

Thomas Read. From The Weekly Journal.

Nicholas Amhurst. From Craftsman No. 47 (Usbeck to Rica at Ispahan).

Women and Men, Manners and Marriage.

Richard Steele. From Tatler No. 25 (Duellists).

Daniel Defoe. From A Review of the State of the British Nation, Vol. 9, No 34, (A Duellist's Conscience.)

From The Athenian Mercury.

Richard Steele. From Tatler No. 104 (Jenny Distaff Newly Married).

Joseph Addison. Spectator No 128 (Variety of Temper).

Eliza Haywood. From The Female Spectator, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Seomanthe's Elopement).

Eliza Haywood. From The Female Spectator, Vol. 2, No. 10 (Women's Education).


Jonathan Swift.

A Description of the Morning.

A Description of a City Shower.

Stella's Birthday, 1719.

Stella's Birthday, 1727.

The Lady's Dressing Room.

* Response.

* Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, The Reasons That Induced Dr. S. to write a Poem called The Lady's Dressing Room.

Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift, D. S. P. D.

Journal to Stella.

From Letter 10.

* Gulliver’s Travels.

      * Part 3. A Voyage to Laputa.

   * Part 4. A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms.

* Companion Readings.

* From Letters on Gulliver’s Travels.         

* Jonathan Swift to Alexander Pope.

* Alexander Pope to Jonathan Swift.

* John Gay to Jonathan Swift.

* Jonathan Swift to Alexander Pope.

* “The Price of Lilliput” to Stella.

A Modest Proposal.

Companion Reading.

William Petty: From Political Arithmetic.


Alexander Pope.

An Essay on Criticism.


The Rape of the Lock.

The Iliad.

From Preface (On Translation.)

From Book 12 (Sarpedon's Speech.)

Eloisa to Abelard.

Epistle 4. To Richard Boyle, Earl of Burlington.

An Essay on Man.

Epistle 1.

To the Reader.

The Design.


An Epistle from Mr. Pope, to Dr. Arbuthnot.

* An Epistle to a Lady: Of the Characters of Women.

* Response.

* Mary Leapor,  An Essay on Woman.

The Dunciad.

Book the Fourth.

(The Goddess Coming in Her Majesty.)

(The Geniuses of the Schools.)

(Young Gentlemen Returned from Travel.)

(The Minute Philosophers and the Consummation of All.)


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.

The Turkish Embassy Letters.

To Lady–(On the Turkish Baths.)

To Lady Mar (On Turkish Dress.)

Letter to Lady Bute (On Her Granddaughter).

Epistle from Mrs. Yonge to Her Husband.

The Lover: A Ballad.


John Gay.

The Beggar's Opera.


“The Beggar's Opera” and Its Time: Influences and Impact.

Thomas D'Urfey: From Wit and Mirth; or, Pills to Purge Melacholy.

Daniel Defoe: From The True and Genuine Account of the Life and Actions of the Late Jonathan Wild.

Henry Fielding: From The Life of Mr. Jonathan Wild the Great.

(Anonymous.) From A Narrative of All the Robberies, Escapes, &c. of John Sheppard.

John Thurmond. From Harlequin Sheppard.

Charlotte Charke. From A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Charlotte Charke.

James Boswell. From London Journal (Entries on Macheath.)


* Responses.

         * Bertolt Brecht, Lyrics from The Threepenny Opera.

                   * The Ballad of Mack the Knife.

                   * Mack the Knife

                   * In a Little Song Polly Gives Her Parents to Understand that She Has Married the Bandit Macheath.

                   * [Coda].


William Hogarth.

A Rake's Progress.


Perspectives: Mind and God.

Isaac Newton.

From Letter to Richard Bentley.

John Locke.

From An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.

Isaac Watts.

A Prospect of Heaven Makes Death Easy.

The Hurry of the Spirits, in a Fever and Nervous Disorders.

Against Idleness and Mischief.

Man Frail, and God Eternal.

Miracles Attending Israel's Journey.

Joseph Addison.

Spectator No. 465.

George Berkeley.

From Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous.

David Hume.

From A Treatise of Human Nature.

From An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding.

Christopher Smart.

From Jubilate Agno.

William Cowper.

Light Shining out of Darkness.

From The Task.

The Cast-away.


James Thomson.

Winter. A Poem.

(Autumn Evening and Night.)

(Winter Night.)

The Seasons.

From Autumn.

Rule, Britannia.


“The Seasons” and Its Time: Poems of Nightfall and Night.

Edward Young: From The Complaint.

William Collins: Ode to Evening. Ode Occasioned by the Death of Mr. Thomson.

William Cowper: From The Task.


Thomas Gray.


To Horace Walpole (16 April 1734).

To Richard West (December 1736).

To Horace Walpole (12 June 1750).

To Horace Walpole (11 February 1751).

From To Horace Walpole (20 February 1751).

Sonnet on the Death of Mr. Richard West.

Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College.

Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes.

Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.


Samuel Johnson.

The Vanity of Human Wishes.

A Short Song of Congratulation.

On the Death of Dr. Robert Levet.

The Rambler.

No. 4 (On Fiction).

No. 5 (On Spring).

No. 60 (On Biography).

No. 170 (On Misella, a Prostitute).

No. 171 (Misella Continues).

No. 207 (Beginnings, Middles, and Ends).

The Idler.

No. 31 (On Idleness).

No. 32 (On Sleep).

No. 84 (On Autobiography).

No. 97 (On Travel Writing).

A Dictionary of the English Language.

from Preface.

(Some Entries.)

From The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia.

Chapter 8. The History of Imlac.

Chapter 9. The History of Imlac Continued.

Chapter 10. Imlac's History Continued. A Dissertation upon Poetry.

Chapter 11. Imlac's Narrative Continued. A Hint on Pilgrimage.

Chapter 12. The Story of Imlac Continued.

The Plays of Shakespeare.

(Selected Notes on Othello.)

Lives of the Poets.

From The Life of Milton.

From The Life of Pope.


To Lord Chesterfield (7 February 1755).

To Hester Thrale (19 June 1783).

To Hester Thrale Piozzi (2 July 1784).

To Hester Thrale Piozzi (8 July 1784).


James Boswell.

London Journal.

(A Scot in London.)


(First Meeting with Johnson.)

An Account of My Last Interview with David Hume, Esq.

From A Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Dr. Samuel Johnson.

The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

(Introduction; Boswell's Method.)

(Conversations about Hume.)

(Dinner with Wilkes.)

(Conversations at Streatham and the Club.)


Hester Salusbury Thrale Piozzi.

The Family Book.

(On Her Daughter's Progress.)

(On the Death of Her Son.)

(On Her Marriage and Household.)


(First Entries.)


Oliver Goldsmith.

The Deserted Village.

Companion Readings.

George Crabbe: From The Village.

George Crabbe: From The Parish Register.


Richard Brinsley Sheridan.

The School for Scandal.

* Response.

      * Oscar Wilde, From The Importance of Being Earnest.


* Perspectives: Novel Guises, in Theory and Practice.

* Mary Carleton, From The Case of Madam Mary Carleton.

* Daniel Defoe, From The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe.

                     * The Preface.

                     * [First Days on the Island].

                     * The Journal.

* From The Fortunate Mistress: Or, a History of the Life and Vast Variety of Fortunes of Mademoiselle de Beleau, Afterwards Called the Countess de Wintselsheim, in Germany. Being the Person Known by the Name of Lady Roxana, in the Time if King Charles.

* From The Preface.

* [A New Name].

* [Secret Horror].

* Eliza Heywood, Fantomina: Or, Love in a Maze.

* Samuel Richardson, From Pamela; Or, Virtue Rewarded.

                                    * Preface by the Editor.

                                    * [A Dreadful Trial].

                                    * [Reading Pamela].

                        * From the Preface to Clarissa, Or, The History of a Young Lady.

                        * From the Preface to The History of Sir Charles Grandison, Baronet.

* Henry Fielding, From An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews

                                    * Shamela Andrews to Henrietta Maria Honora Andrews

                        * From the Preface to The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews.

                        * From The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling.

* Lawrence Sterne, From The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy, Gentleman.

                                    * [Interruptions].

                                    * [Calculations].

* Frances Burney, From The Early Journals.

                                    * [First Entry].

* [“I cannot help it.”].

* [“The Most Dangerous Employment Young Persons Can Have”].

* From Evelina, or, the History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World.

                        * Evelina to the Reverend Mr. Villars.

                        * [A Ridiculous and Rejected Wooer].

* Letters on Evelina

                        * From a Letter to Susanna Burney; Streatham, late June 1779.

* From a Letter to Susanna Burney; Bath, 8 June 1780.

* From The Wanderer; or, Female Difficulties.

                        * From the Preface.

                        * [Coda].

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The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, The
Dettmar, Kevin J. H.
Damrosch, David
Damrosch, David
Dettmar, Kevin J. H.
Sherman, Stuart
Great britain
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
English literature
General Literary Criticism & Collections
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The Fourth Edition of The Longman Anthology of British Literature continues its tradition of presenting works in the historical context in which they were written.  This fresh approach includes writers from the British Isles, underrepresented female authors, Perspectivessectionsthatshed light on the period as a whole and link with immediately surrounding works to help illuminate a theme, “And Its Time” clusters that illuminate a specific cultural moment or a debate to which an author is responding, and “Responses” in which later authors respond to one or more texts from earlier works. 




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