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British Literature 1640 - 1789: An Anthology (Blackwell Anthologies)by Robert Demaria
Synopses & Reviews
The third edition of this successful anthology collects an exceptional range of historical literatures that span the period from the British Civil War to the French Revolution. This volume presents an extensive selection of canonical texts, many reprinted from their earliest recoverable versions. Challenging the boundaries of eighteenth-century literary studies, this volume also includes many non-canonical works and many works by women writers of the period. Additionally, selections of literature from private and public life, from letters to political ballads, help to illuminate the history and cultural contexts in which the major literary works were created.
This new edition includes a number of significant updates. In addition to reintroducing and extending selections from the previous editions and incorporating new drama selections, new works by other major authors have been added, including Pope’s Eloisa to Abelard, a portion of Lucy Hutchinson’s Order and Disorder, part of a pamphlet by Reeve and Muggleton, and Rochester’s A Ramble in St. James’s Park. Additionally, a chronology, an alternative list of contents by theme, and updated headnotes lend added accessibility.
The third edition of this successful anthology is a thoroughly updated collection of historical literatures that span the period from the British Civil War to the French Revolution.
About the Author
Robert DeMaria, Jr., is the Henry Noble MacCracken Professor of English at Vassar College, where he has taught and often served as chair of his department since 1975. He has been a Guggenheim fellow and a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He is the author of several books about Samuel Johnson and the editor (with the late Gwin Kolb) of Johnson on the English Language, volume 18 in the Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson. Most recently he has edited (with Robert D. Brown) Classical Literature and its Reception (Blackwell, 2007).
Table of Contents
List of Authors.
Thematic Table of Contents.
Preface to The Third Edition.
Ballads and Newsbooks from the Civil War (1640-1649):.
The World Is Turned Upside Down (1646).
The King’s Last Farewell to The World, Or The Dead King’s Living Meditations, at The Approach of Death Denounced against him (1649).
The Royal Health to The Rising Sun (1649).
From A Perfect Diurnal of Some Passages in Parliament (1649).
Number 288 29 January–5 February 1649.
From Mercurius Pragmaticus (1649).
Number 43 30 January–6 February 1649.
Robert Filmer (1588?-1653):.
From Patriarcha, Or The Natural Power of Kings Asserted (1680).
V Kings Are Either Fathers of their People, Or Heirs of Such Fathers, Or The Usurpers of The Rights of Such Fathers.
VI Of The Escheating of Kingdoms.
VII Of The Agreement of Paternal and Regal Power.
Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679):.
From Leviathan (1651).
Chapter XIII Of The Natural Condition of Mankind, As Concerning their Felicity, And Misery.
Robert Herrick (1591-1674):.
From Hesperides (1648).
The Argument of his Book.
The Night-Piece, to Julia.
The Hock-Cart, Or Harvest Home.
Upon Julia’s Cloths.
When He Would Have His Verses Read.
Delight in Disorder.
To The Virgins, to Make Much of Time.
His Return to London.
The Bad Season Makes The Poet Sad.
The Pillar of Fame.
John Reeve (1608-1658) and Lodowicke Muggleton (1609-1698).
From Joyful News from Heaven or the Last Intelligence from Our Glorified Jesus above the Stars.
John Milton (1608-1674):.
From The Doctrine And Discipline of Divorce; Restored to The Good of Both Sexes, from The Bondage of Canon Law, And Other Mistakes, to Christian Freedom, Guided by The Rule of Charity. Wherein Also Many Places of Scripture, Have Recovered their Long-Lost Meaning. Seasonable to Be Now Thought on in The Reformation Intended (1643).
Book I The Preface.
From Chapter I.
From Chapter VI.
From Areopagitica; A Speech of Mr. John Milton for The Liberty of Unlicensed Printing, to The Parliament of England (1644).
From Poems (1673).
Sonnet 18 (1655) On The Late Massacre in Piemont.
Sonnet 19 (1652?) ‘When I Consider How my Light Is Spent’.
Sonnet 16 [To The Lord General Cromwell, 1652].
From Paradise Lost (1667).
Margaret Fell Fox (1614-1702):.
From Women’s Speaking Justified, Proved And Allowed by The Scriptures (1666).
Richard Lovelace (1618-1657):.
From Lucasta (1649).
Song to Lucasta, Going to The Wars.
Song to Amarantha, That she Would Dishevel her Hair.
To Althea, from Prison Song.
Abraham Cowley (1618-1667):.
From Poems (1656).
Ode of Wit.
To Mr Hobbes
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