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Review of ‘English Literature’ by William J. Long (Maple Press Special Edition).

English Literature

By- William J. Long

Publisher- Maple Press

Genre- Non-fiction, Facts and reference, History

My rating- 5/5

 

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‘An amazing book for those who do not only read but explore the English literature. A detailed book with every detailed about the English Literature starting from 450 AD to the 20th century. It contains short excerpts from more than 100 famous books. It contains the short biography of more than 100 authors of every time. It contains the details about the condition of the English Literature in various phases of time. It contains the details about the inspirations and other things which helped the various writers in writing their book and a lot of other things.’

Chapter-Wise analysis-

Chapter-1: Introduction-The meaning of Literature:

It contains details about What is Literature?, How to define literature, etc. It is a basic chapter based on an introduction to the English Literature.

Chapter-2: The Anglo-Saxon or Old English Period (450-1050 AD):

It contains the details about the various Literary works and Authors/Poets of the Anglo-Saxon Period or Old English Period. This period is of 600 years, from 450-1050. The chapter starts with details about Beowulf, the earliest and the greatest epic or heroic poem in our literature. It contains excerpts from the epic and has some pics of the original manuscripts.

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There are a lot of other works also like Widsith, Deor’s Lament, The Seafarer, etc. It also contains a lot of illustrations. Details about various authors/poets and their works. Excerpts from various works and a lot of things of the Anglo-Saxon Period related to English Literature. It also contains a lot of facts about these authors, their works and about the period itself.

Chapter-3: The Anglo-Norman period(1066-1350):

It contains the details about the various Literary works and Authors/Poets of the Anglo-Norman Period. This period is of about 300 years, from 1066-1350 AD. The chapter starts with details about The Normans.

There are a lot of other works also like The Conquest, etc. It also contains a lot of illustrations. Details about various authors/poets and their works. Excerpts from various works and a lot of things of the Anglo-Norman Period related to English Literature. It also contains a lot of facts about these authors, their works and about the period itself.

Chapter-4: The Age of Chaucer (1350-1400):

It contains the details about the various Literary works and Authors/Poets of The Chaucer Period. This period is of about 150 years, from 1350-1400 AD. The chapter starts with details about the history of the period.

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It contains details about the various works and author/poets of this period. It also contains a lot of facts about these authors, their works and about the period itself.

Chapter-5: The Revival of Learning (1400-1550):

It explores the condition of English literature between 1400-1550 AD. The period starts with the death of Chaucer, which was a huge blow for the English Literary World. It also contains a lot of facts about these authors, their works and about the period itself.

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Chapter-6: The age of Elizabeth (1550-1620):

This chapter explores the condition of English Literature between 1550-1620 AD, a period of 70 years.

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The best part of this chapter is of course Shakespeare. It contains a short biography of his life including his birth, education, work, etc. It also contains excerpts from his works. Details about all his works including Plays, Poems, etc.

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This chapter contains the details about various authors like Edmund Spenser, George Chapman, Christopher Marlowe, etc. It also includes the details about their various works and contains excerpts from them. It also contains a lot of facts about these authors, their works and about the period itself.

Chapter-7: The Puritan Age (1620-1660):

This chapter explores the condition of English Literature between  1620-1660 AD, a period of about 40 years.

The chapter starts with details about the Puritan Movement, which is a key movement in the history of English Literature.

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It contains details about various authors like Samuel Daniel, John Donne, George Herbert, Thomas Carew, Robert Herrick, John Milton, etc. It also includes details about these various authors’ works and contains excerpts from them. It also contains a lot of facts about these authors, their works and about the period itself.

Chapter-8: Period Of The Restoration- The age of The French Influence (1660-1700):

This chapter explores the condition of English Literature between 1660-1700 AD, a period of about 40 years.

The chapter starts with the details of the history of this period. It was the period when the English literature was influenced by the French Literature. This influence can be seen even today in the works of that period.

It contains details about various authors like John Dryden, etc. It includes the poem Shaftesbury by John Dryden. It also includes details about these various authors’ works and contains excerpts from them. It also contains a lot of facts about these authors, their works and about the period itself.

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John Dryden

Chapter-9: 18th Century Literature (1700-1800):

This chapter explores the condition of English Literature between 1700-1800 AD, a period of about 100 years.

The chapter starts with the details of the history of the Augustan or Classic age.

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Gulliver’s Travels

This period includes great authors like Jonathan Swift, Edmund Burke, Oliver Goldsmith, etc. It contains the Short biography of more than 20 famous writers and contains a list of their works and excerpts from them.

It also contains a lot of facts about these authors, their works and about the period itself.

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Jonathan Swift, the famous author of Gulliver’s Travels.

Chapter-10: The age of Romanticism (1800-1850):

This chapter explores the condition of English Literature between 1800-1850 AD, a period of about 50 years.

This period’s Literature was highly influenced by Romanticism. You can see its traces in the works by the authors of that period.

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William Wordsworth

This period includes the well-known authors like William Wordsworth, Jane Austen, etc. It contains their short biography, list of works and excerpts from their works. It also contains a lot of facts about these authors, their works and about the period itself.

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Chapter-11: The Victorian Age (1850-1900):

This chapter explores the condition of English Literature between 1850-1900 AD, a period of about 50 years. This period is considered as the modern period of progress and unrest.

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This period includes the well-known authors like Charles Dickens, George Eliot, etc. It contains their short biography, list of works and excerpts from their works. It also contains a lot of facts about these authors, their works and about the period itself.

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Chapter-12: 20th Century Literature:

It is a short chapter. It does not have a definite time period. It contains the details till the writing of the book.

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This period includes the well-known authors like Rudyard Kipling, H.G. Wells, J.M. Barrie, etc. It contains their short biography, list of works and excerpts from their works. It also contains a lot of facts about these authors, their works and about the period itself.

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Details about the author-

William Joseph Long (1866–1952) was an American writer, naturalist and minister. He lived and worked in Stamford, Connecticut as a minister of the First Congregationalist Church. As a naturalist, he would leave Stamford every March, often with his son, Brian, and two daughters, Lois and Cesca, to travel to “the wilderness” of Maine. There they would stay until the first snows of October, although sometimes he would stay all winter. In the 1920s, he began spending his summers in Nova Scotia, claiming “the wilderness is getting too crowded”.

Details about the publisher-

Maple press is a leading publication in Classics, story books, educational books, non-fiction as well as Hindi literature. Its all books are super cheap with excellent quality and illustrations. The size of its books is reader-friendly and easily portable. Its almost all books contain beautiful illustrations. It also offers the readers Omnibus editions of more than 50 famous authors. The omnibus editions contain the greatest works of their author. It also provides Omnibus editions of Famous Short Stories, plays and novels by various authors. It is the cheapest and the best publication for English as well as Hindi classics.

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