Most popular Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800 books
The most popular Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800 books currently available. Updated weekly.
Part portrait of Britain's greatest man of letters, part guide to life, a witty and erudite re-evaluation of Dr Johnson's enduring importance and relevance
Hamlet's combination of violence and introspection is unusual among Shakespeare's tragedies. It is also full of curious riddles and fascinating paradoxes, making it one of his most widely discussed plays. Professor Hibbard's illuminating and original introduction explains the process by which variant texts were fused in the eighteenth century to create the most commonly used text of today., Drawing on both critical and theatrical history, he shows how this gusion makes Hamlet seem a much more 'problematic' play than it was when it originally appeared in the First Folio of 1623. The Oxford Shakespeare edition presents a radically new text, based on that First Folio, which printed Shakespeare's own revision of an earlier version. The result is a 'theatrical' and highly practical edition for students and actors alike., ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Concise historical introduction to Thomas More and his continuing influence on the world and how we see it.
Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most performed and studied tragedies. This major new Arden edition offers students detailed on-page commentary notes highlighting meaning and theatrical ideas and themes, as well as an illustrated, lengthy introduction setting the play in its historical, theatrical and critical context and outlining the recent debates about Middleton's possible co-authorship of some scenes. A comprehensive and informative edition ideal for students and teachers seeking to explore the play in depth, whether in the classroom or on the stage.
Includes tightly argued lyrics, erotic and libertine considerations of love, divine poems and elegies of lament by such great figures as John Donne, George Herbert, Andrew Marvell and John Milton, alongside pieces from many other less well known but equally poets of the age, such as Anne Bradstreet, Katherine Philips and Thomas Traherne.
This second edition of King Richard III features a new introductory section by Janis Lull, which focuses on contemporary stage and film productions as well as recent scholarly criticism. Lull stresses the importance of women in the play but shows how female roles are often side-lined on stage and screen.
This work begins with the birth of Arthur and the establishment of his kingdom and the fellowship of knights. It describes courtly society which is outwardly secure and successful, but which is, in reality, torn by dissent and ultimately treachery.
This updated edition is ideal to support students when studying and revising for the new A level English Literature exams.
Basilus, a foolish old Duke, consults an oracle, but he is less than pleased with what he learns. To escape the oracle's horrific prophecies, he withdraws into pastoral retreat with his wife and two daughters. When a pair of princes fall in love with the princesses and adopt disguises to gain access to them, all manner of complications ensue.
A new introduction and a fully updated bibliography make the second edition of this established text an indispensable resource for students and teachers of English poetry.
Full of analysis and interpretation, historical background, discussions and commentaries, York Notes will help you get right to the heart of the text you're studying, whether it's poetry, a play or a novel.
A collection of writings about the Grand Tour that is original and innovative, straying from the usual path of aristocrats and churches. -- .
Christopher Marlowe's story of a Scythian shepherd who through using his brutality, lust for power and also his charm becomes a mighty conqueror and the King of Persia.
The Italian (1797) is a gripping tale of love and betrayal, abduction and assassination, and incarceration by the Inquisition. Radcliffe's last and most unnerving novel exemplifies her definition of 'terror' writing, combining Romantic and Gothic elements and influencing countless later writers.
Amelia Bassano Lanier is proved to be a strong candidate for authorship of Shakespeare's plays: Hudson looks at the fascinating life of this woman, believed by many to be the dark lady of the sonnets, and presents the case that she may have written Shakespeare's plays.
The Lives of the Poets is one of the greatest works of English criticism, but also one of the most diverting. This is the only one-volume paperback edition to make available Johnson's most substantial Lives in unabridged form. Texts are drawn from Roger Lonsdale's authoritative complete edition, and introduced by John Mullan.
This updated edition is ideal to support students when studying and revising for the new A level English Literature exams.
Wordsworth and Coleridge's joint collection of poems has often been singled out as the founding text of English Romanticism. This is the only edition to print both the original 1798 collection and the expanded 1802 edition, with Wordsworth's famous Preface. It includes important letters, a wide-ranging introduction and generous notes.
From the Royal Shakespeare Company - a modern, definitive edition of Shakespeare's enduringly popular comedy.
This text is part of the New Mermaid series of modern spelling, fully-annotated editions of English plays. Each volume includes a critical introduction, biography of the author, discussions of dates and sources, textual details, a bibliography and information about the staging of the play.
Dark and violent, Macbeth is also the most theatrically spectacular of Shakespeare's tragedies. Indeed, for 250 years - until early this century - it was performed with grand operatic additions set to baroque music. In his introduction Nicholas Brooke relates the play's changing fortunes to changes within society and the theatre and investigates the sources of its enduring appeal., He examines its many layers of illusion and interprets its linguistic turns and echoes, arguing that the earliest surviving text is an adaptation, perhaps carried out by Shakespeare himself in collaboration with Thomas Middleton. This fully annotated edition reconsiders textual and staging problems, appraises past and present critical views, and represents a major contribution to our understanding of Macbeth. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe., Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Strongly autobiographical, Mary and The Wrongs of Woman powerfully complement Wollstonecraft's non-fictional writing, inspired by the French Revolution and the social upheavals that followed.
The Duchess of Malfi is a macabre, tragic play which is often performed and studied at A level and university. This Arden edition brings all the scholarship and comprehensive analysis associated with the series and offers readers a deeper understanding of the play than competing editions.
Foxe's Book of Martyrs is a collection of unforgettable accounts of religious persecution. This modernized selection brings together some of the most stirring tales of the interrogation and execution of heretics burnt at the stake in the reign of Mary, with some of the original woodcut illustrations and an illuminating introduction.
From the Royal Shakespeare Company - a modern, definitive edition of one of Shakespeare's last plays.
Showing how the Gothic can be read as a complex reaction to Enlightenment methods of historical representation, Sinister histories uncovers hitherto neglected relationships between Gothic texts and prominent works of eighteenth-century history. -- .
From the Royal Shakespeare Company - a modern, definitive edition of Shakespeare's drama of the conflict between one man's ambition and the good of the state.
***AS READ ON BBC RADIO 4***NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER'A gripping account of the heartbreaks and triumphs of two of history's most formidable female intellectuals, Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley.
Oliver Goldsmith's hugely successful novel of 1766 remained for generations one of the most highly regarded and beloved works of eighteenth-century fiction. It contains, in the figure of the vicar himself, one of the most harmlessly simply and unsophisticated yet also ironically complex narrators ever to appear in English fiction.
From the Royal Shakespeare Company - a modern, definitive edition of Shakespeare's magnificent tragedy of love, jealousy and explosive racial politics.
This classic text is the tale of a woman who becomes involved in murder without realizing the terrible price she will pay for it. This edition includes an introduction which analyzes the play in detail, and a commentary illuminating difficulties in the play for the modern reader.
'York Notes' offer an approach to English literature that aims to fully reflect student needs. They are filled with summaries, commentaries, exam advice, margin and textual features to offer a wider context to the text and encourage a critical analysis.
This authoritative edition was formerly published in the acclaimed Oxford Authors series under the general editorship of Frank Kermode. It brings together a unique combination of Donne's poetry and prose - all the major poems, complemented by rarely published letters and extracts from Donne's sermons - to give the essence of his work and thinking.
Her present life appeared like the dream of a distempered imagination, or like one of those frightful fictions, in which the wild genius of the poets sometimes delighted. Rreflections brought only regret, and anticipation terror.' Such is the state of mind in which Emily St. Aubuert - the orphaned heroine of Ann Radcliffe's 1794 gothic Classic, The Mysteries of Udolpho - finds herself after Count Montoni, her evil guardian, imprisions her in his gloomy medieval fortress in the Appenines. Terror is the order of the day inside the walls of Udolpho, as Emily struggles against Montoni's rapacious schemes and the threat of her own psychological disintegration. A best-seller in its day and a potent influence on Walpole, Poe, and other writers of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Gothic horror, The Mysteries of Udolpho remains one of the most important works in the history of European fiction. As the same time, with its dream-like plot and hallucinatory rendering of its characters' psychological states, it often seems strangely modern: 'permanently avant-garde' in Terry Castle's words, and a profound and fascinating challenge to contemporary readers.ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Features witty illustrations and inspirational quotes. This title covers every work, from the comedies of Twelfth Night and As You Like It to the tragedies of Julius Caesar and Hamlet, and lost plays and less well-known works of poetry.
Aphra Behn was the first female professional writer in England, and The Rover, her most popular play, is set in Naples during the misrule of carnival time. The Rover explores issues of love, trickery and deception, forced marriage, male power, fidelity, and the excesses of sexual passion.
Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593), a man of extreme passions and a playwright of immense talent, is the most important of Shakespeare's contemporaries. This edition offers his five major plays, which show the radicalism and vitality of his writing in the few years before his violent death.
This new edition of Shakespeare's classic love story, developed by and for the RSC, includes new interviews with acclaimed directors Adrian Noble, Gregory Doran and Braham Murray, looks at specific productions in the play's history, and a completely new introduction by acclaimed scholar Jonathan Bate.
Science fiction is at the intersection of numerous fields; it draws on popular culture, and engages in speculation about science, history, and all types of social relations. This volume brings together essays by scholars and practitioners of science fiction, which look at the genre from different angles.
Includes George Puttenham's "Art of English Poesy", Samuel Daniel's "Defense of Rhyme", and passages by writers such as Ben Jonson, Francis Bacon and George Gascoigne.
A Student Edition of the classic 18th century commedia A Servant to Two Masters, by Goldoni and adapted by Lee Hall, which includes a plot synopsis, a commentary on the historical context, and on the themes, characters, language andstructure of the play, as well as questions for further study.
Based on the reprinted Revels Plays Edition of 1964, the notes to this play have been augmented to cast futher light on Webster's dialogue. A new introduction sets the tragedy in the context of pre-Civil War England and discusses the play's themes, action and visual imagery.