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  • How to Begin Studying English Literatureby Nicholas Marsh

    Palgrave Macmillan Ltd. 2001; US$ 50.00

    This fully revised and expanded third edition offers practical help and guidance. It shows the reader how to approach novels, plays and poems, and includes chapters on themes, characters, structure, style, irony and analysis. more...

  • Glossary of John Dryden’s Critical Termsby H. James Jensen

    University of Minnesota Press 1969; US$ 60.00

    Although John Dryden is, as Samuel Johnson described him, the father of modern criticism, his critical writings are difficult for twentieth-century readers to understand and appreciate. Part of the problem lies in the fact that many of the critical terms more...

  • Paradise Lostby John Milton

    The Floating Press 1900; US$ 4.50

    Paradise Lost is one of the most epic, complex theological works to date. Milton's masterpiece in blank verse tells the story of the fall from grace. His protagonist is often read as Satan, who rebels against the omnipotent God, though he cannot win. Milton expresses the paradox of free will within the creation of an all-knowing God. more...

  • The Relapse and Other Playsby John Vanbrugh; Brean Hammond

    OUP Oxford 2004; US$ 10.99

    This edition contains five comedies on the theme of marital disharmony by the foremost Restoration playwright John Vanbrugh (1664-1726). In addition to the The Relapse it includes The Provoked Wife, The Confederacy, A Journey to London, and The Country House. Published in the Oxford English Drama series, it has modernized texts, a critical introduction,... more...

  • Paradise Lostby John Milton; Philip Pullman

    OUP Oxford 2005; US$ 12.99

    This edition of Paradise Lost is introduced by Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials, whose debt to Milton he acknowledges in his personal tribute. Beautifully illustrated with the twelve engravings from the first illustrated edition of 1688, this is a special edition of Milton's epic poem. more...

  • Boswell's Life of Johnsonby James Boswell

    ReadHowYouWant 2009; US$ 3.99

    Published in 1791, Boswell’s Life of Johnson exposes one of the most gigantic figures of English literature with unparalleled closeness and originality. He succeeded in portraying Johnson’s life through lively conversations with Johnson that reflected his abundant humor and deep insight. This work details Johnson’s prolific years in... more...

  • The Works of John Dryden, Volume XVIIby John Dryden; Samuel H. Monk; A.E. Wallace Maurer

    University of California Press 1972; US$ 68.00

    This collection of prose writing from the pen of Dryden dates from 1668 to 1691, and contains work that the editors describe as "a sampler of Dryden as biographer-historian, political commentator, religious controversialist, literary polemicist, literary theorist, and practical critic. Among the works contained here is his "Essay of Dramatick Poesie." more...

  • An Essay on Criticismby Alexander Pope

    The Floating Press 2010; US$ 4.99

    Despite its somewhat dry title, this text is not a musty prose dissection of literary criticism. Instead, the piece takes the shape of a long poem in which Pope, at the very peak of his powers, takes merciless aim at many of the best-known writers of his day. The epitome of the subtle but lethal wit Alexander Pope has come to be celebrated for, "An... more...

  • John Miltonby David Hawkes

    Counterpoint 2010; US$ 27.99

    John Milton poet, polemicist, public servant, and author of one of the greatest masterpieces in English literature, Paradise Lost is revered today as a great writer and a proponent of free speech. In his time, however, his ideas far exceeded the orthodoxy of English life; spurred by his conscience and an iron grip on logic, Milton was uncompromising... more...

  • Robinson Crusoeby Daniel Defoe; Stephen Feinstein

    Saddleback Educational Publishing 2011; US$ 12.95

    Timeless Classics--designed for the struggling reader and adapted to retain the integrity of the original classic. These classics will grab a student's attention from the first page. Included are eight pages of end-of-book activities to enhance the reading experience.Shipwrecked! A young Englishman finds himself stranded on a small island in the middle... more...