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  • Swift (Routledge Revivals)by W. A. Speck

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 48.95

    First published in 1969, this title examines the works of Jonathan Swift from both a literary and an historical perspective. W. A. Speck first presents Swift in his historical context, analysing in particular the interplay between his religious and political views. Light is thrown on the early pamphlets as well as on A Tale of a Tub and Gulliver?s... more...

  • Marvellby Annabel M. Patterson

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 75.95

    Marvell: The Writer in Public Life is substantially revised from Professor Patterson's well received 1978 study, including a new introduction and new chapter on Marvell and secret history. This important study provides an up to date perspective on a writer still thought of merely as the author of lyric and pastoral poems. It looks at both Marvell's... more...

  • The Living Milton (Routledge Revivals)by Sir Frank Kermode

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 44.95

    Various aspects of Milton are explored in this collection of essays by scholars whose reputations were, at the time of publication in 1960, perhaps largely based on their writings on more modern subjects. This had the advantage of demonstrating that Milton as a poet is "alive" and that other attempts to represent him as irrelevant to the interests... more...

  • Divided Fictionsby Kristina Straub

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    Today Fanny Burney's venture into authorship would not be questionable. She was, after all, a daughter of a celebrated musician, and the Burney family was know to the circle of Samuel Johnson and Hester Thrale. Yet as Kristina Straub ably shows, the public recognition which followed the publication of her first novel placed Fanny Burney in a situation... more...

  • Boswellby Irma S. Lustig

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    These eleven original essays by well-known eighteenth-century scholars, five of them editors of James Boswell's journal or letters, commemorate the bicentenary of Boswell's death on May 19, 1795. The volume illuminates both the life and the work of one of the most important literary figures of the age and contributes significantly to the scholarship... more...

  • Margaret Cavendish and the Exiles of the Mindby Anna Battigelli

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 50.00

    Margaret Cavendish, duchess of Newcastle (1623-1673), led a dramatic life that brought her into contact with kings, queens, and the leading thinkers of her day. The English civil wars forced her into exile, accompanying Queen Henrietta Maria and her court to Paris. From this vantage point, she began writing voluminously, responding to the events and... more...

  • Colley Cibberby Helene Koon

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Colley Cibber changed the course of the English-speaking theater. One of the most complete theater men in the history of the stage, he fostered the change from drama as the handmaiden of literature to theater as an independent and lively art. In the process, Cibber became one of London's brightest stars, one of its most popular playwrights and, for... more...

  • Domestick Privaciesby David Wheeler; Lawrence Lipking; James Battersby; John Dussinger; Jim Gray; Catherine Parke; Stephen Fix; William Siebenschuh; Michael Stuprich

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Biography was Samuel Johnson's favorite among literary genres, and his Lives of the Poets is often regarded as the capstone of his career. The central place of biography in his oeuvre is explored in this collection of nine original essays by leading Johnson scholars. Varied in their focus and approach, the essays range from a philosophical overview... more...

  • In Praise of Povertyby Mona Scheuermann

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 45.00

    In her own time and in ours, Hannah More (1745-1833) has been seen as a benefactress of the poor, writing and working selflessly to their benefit. Mona Scheuermann argues, however, that More's agenda was not simply to help the poor but to control them, for the upper classes in late eighteenth-century England were terrified that the poor would rise... more...

  • John Gay and the London Theatreby Calhoun Winton

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    The Beggar's Opera , often referred to today as the first musical comedy, was the most popular dramatic piece of the eighteenth century -- and is the work that John Gay (1685-1732) is best remembered for having written. That association of popular music and satiric lyrics has proved to be continuingly attractive, and variations on the Opera have... more...