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The Longman Anthology of British Literature, Fourth Edition - David Damrosch and Kevin J. H. Dettmar, Editors

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With its first edition, The Longman Anthology of British Literature created a new paradigm for anthologies. Responding to major shifts in literary studies over the past thirty years, it became the first collection to pay detailed attention to the contexts within which these classic works of British literature were created and to highlight the full cultural diversity of the British isles. For the first time, canonical authors mingled with newly visible writers; English accents were heard next to Anglo-Norman, Welsh, and Scottish ones; female and male voices were set in dialogue; literature from the British Isles was integrated with post-colonial writing; and major works were complemented with shorter pieces and "perspectives" groupings that brought literary, social, cultural, and historical issues vividly to life.

Responding to the shifting interests in the discipline, the heavily updated fourth edition builds on these pioneering features. This new edition will be welcomed not only by students and academics hungry for an anthology that reflects the current state of academia, but also by general readers who want to expand their literary horizons by developing a nuanced understanding of the classic works that shape literary production to this day. The addition of Penguin Classics editions of Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight will help readers tackle these foundational texts with translations that are as riveting as they are authoritative and scholarly. Informative, illustrated "Britain at a Glance" features now open each volume to help readers connect with the worlds that are illuminated in this anthology. Important new texts have been added, such as William Baldwin's Beware the Cat, which has been hailed as the first English novel, books six and seven of Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Shakespeare's Othello and King Lear, the poetry of Emily Brontë, the works of Carol Ann Duffy, a new section on contemporary British fiction, and many more. The Longman Anthology of British Literature contains all of the complete works that readers are looking for in a handsome two-volume set and will provide many hours of reading enjoyment.

Volume One covers literature from the Middle Ages to the Restoration and the Eighteenth Century. Chaucer, Elizabeth I, Jonson, Milton, Defoe, and Hogarth are just a few of the literary treasures in the first book. Volume Two takes readers from the Romantics to the Twenty-First Century. Romantic luminaries such as Coleridge, Wollstonecraft, Shelley, and Blake; the timeless texts written during the Victorian Era by Tennyson, Dickens, the Brownings, the Brontës, Kipling, and Wilde; and modern masterpieces by Shaw, Hardy, Joyce, Yeats, Woolf, Gordimer, and Rushdie are just a few of the highlighted works. The anthology is also available as six separate volumes divided into the major periods of British literary history.

As with the previous three incarnations, The Longman Anthology of British Literature continues to offer extended selections from a wide range of women writers, including Margery Kempe, Lady Mary Wroth, Joanne Baillie, Anne and Charlotte Brontë, and Carol Anne Duffy. The anthology is also lavishly illustrated with photos, plates, and drawings - both in color and black and white - that illuminate and contextualize individual works which sets it apart from any other collection of its kind.

"We keep hearing from students who are genuinely surprised that a course in British Literature could be so engaging. This anthology is the kind of revolutionary book that only comes along once in a lifetime. It brings new energy to students' study and appreciation of the great figures in British Literature. The Longman Anthology of British Literature is precedent-setting in its diversity and in the way it enriches reading by presenting works in context," says Joseph Terry, Vice President, Editor in Chief of Literature at Pearson Higher Education.

The Longman Anthology of British Literature is essential reading for anyone with an interest in British literature, politics, history, and culture.

About the Editors:
David Damrosch is Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. He is a past president of the American Comparative Literature Association, and has written widely on world literature from antiquity to the present. His books include What Is World Literature?, The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh, and How to Read World Literature. He is the founding general editor of the six-volume The Longman Anthology of World Literature, Second Edition and the editor of Teaching World Literature.

Kevin J. H. Dettmar is W. M. Keck Professor and Chair of the 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, Reading Rock & Roll: Authenticity, Appropriation, Aesthetics, the Barnes & Noble Classics editions of James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners; The Blackwell Companion to Modernist Literature and Culture; and The Cambridge Companion to Bob Dylan.

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The Longman Anthology of British Literature, 4th Edition
Volume 1: The Middle Ages to the Restoration and the Eighteenth Century: 9780205655243; 2,904 pages; $66.67
Volume 2: The Romantics through the Twentieth Century: 9780205693342; 2,960 pages; $66.67


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