Spanning the period from the British Civil War to the French Revolution, the fourth edition of this successful anthology increases its coverage of canonical writings, plays, and of the development of British Literature in the American colonies.
- A thoroughly updated new edition of this popular anthology which focuses firmly on the eighteenth century without neglecting the seventeenth century
- Contains new texts including the play Rover by Aphra Behn, and Beggars' Opera by John Gay; increased canonical works, including works by Dryden, Pope, and Johnson; and historical contextual materials,with particualr attention to the Americas
- Features updated introductions throughout, taking into acccount recent critical works and editions
- Includes useful resources such as an alternative list of contents by theme, and a chronolgy of literary and political events, providing valuable historical and cultural context
Keywords: British literature, 17th century Englishliterature, 18th century English literature, Scottish literature, Irish literature, Welsh literature, English literary culture, British literary history, Thomas Hobbes, Robert Herrick, John Milton, Abraham Cowley, Andrew Marvell, John Bunyan, John Dryden, Katherine Philips, John Locke, Samuel Pepys, Aphra Behn, John Wilmot, Daniel Defoe, Anne Kingsmill Finch, Delarivier Manley, John Gay, Alexander Pope, Mary Collier, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Eliza Haywood, Samuel Johnson, Jane Collier, Mary Leapor, Samson Occom, Oliver Goldsmith, William Cowper, Thomas Paine, Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Olaudah Equiano, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Ann Yearsley, William Blake, Robert Burns, Wollstonecraft, John Donne, English Literature