* denotes selection is new to this edition.
THE RESTORATION AND THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.
(The Coronation of Charles II.)
(The Plague Year.)
(The Fire of London.)
John Evelyn: From Kalendarium.
(The Royal Society.)
(Theater and Music.)
(Elizabeth Pepys and Deborah Willett.)
* 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.
(Empress, Duchess, Duke.)
Absalom and Achitophel: A Poem.
Charles II: His Majesty's Declaration.
To the Memory of Mr. Oldham.
To the Pious Memory of the Accomplished Young Lady Mrs. Anne Killigrew.
Fables Ancient and Modern.
The Secular Masque.
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.
* 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.
The Disabled Debauchee.
Song (“Love a woman? You're an ass!”)
The Imperfect Enjoyment.
A Satyr Against Reason and Mankind.
The Country Wife.
From Some Reflections upon Marriage.
A True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal.
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).
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).
A Description of the Morning.
A Description of a City Shower.
Stella's Birthday, 1719.
Stella's Birthday, 1727.
The Lady's Dressing Room.
* 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.
William Petty: From Political Arithmetic.
An Essay on Criticism.
The Rape of the Lock.
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.
To the Reader.
An Epistle from Mr. Pope, to Dr. Arbuthnot.
* An Epistle to a Lady: Of the Characters of Women.
* Mary Leapor, An Essay on Woman.
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.
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.)
* 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.
A Rake's Progress.
Perspectives: Mind and God.
From Letter to Richard Bentley.
From An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.
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.
Spectator No. 465.
From Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous.
From A Treatise of Human Nature.
From An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding.
From Jubilate Agno.
Light Shining out of Darkness.
From The Task.
Winter. A Poem.
(Autumn Evening and Night.)
“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.
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.
The Vanity of Human Wishes.
A Short Song of Congratulation.
On the Death of Dr. Robert Levet.
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).
No. 31 (On Idleness).
No. 32 (On Sleep).
No. 84 (On Autobiography).
No. 97 (On Travel Writing).
A Dictionary of the English Language.
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).
(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.)
The Deserted Village.
George Crabbe: From The Village.
George Crabbe: From The Parish Register.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan.
The School for Scandal.
* 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.
* 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.