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17th and 18th centuries (1640-1770)

  • The Bi-sexuality of Daniel Defoeby Leo Abse

    Karnac Books 2006; US$ 39.95

    Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) is known to many only by his first novel, "Robinson Crusoe", astonishingly written as he approached his sixtieth year. Acknowledged as the first of English novelists, he has also been awarded accolades for being the 'Father of Journalism', the most successful spy in British history, the precursor to contemporary depth psychologists,... more...

  • The Debt to Pleasureby John Adlard; John Wilmot

    Carcanet Press Ltd. 2012; US$ 16.99

    Rochester, incontestably the greatest of the Restoration poets and reprobates, is presented in The Debt to Pleasure both in his own words and the words of those who loved or loathed him. The book is a mosaic in which the poet's voice and the voice of his age sound with a startling, ribald, and riotous clarity. more...

  • Milton and the Spiritual Readerby David Ainsworth

    Taylor and Francis 2008; US$ 49.95

    Milton and the Spiritual Reader  examines spiritual reading in Areopagitica, Eikonoklastes, De Doctrina Christiana, Paradise Lost, and Paradise Regained, comparing  Miltonic spiritual reading with that of two of his Puritan contemporaries, Richard Baxter and George Fox.  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...

  • Otherworldly John Drydenby Jack M. Armistead

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 104.95

    Reminding readers of John Dryden’s persistent use of occult rhetoric, Armistead argues that Dryden’s otherworldliness involves more than Christian apologetics, biblical typology, or intermittent borrowings from the supernatural materials in classical literature. Otherworldly John Dryden engages with a wide range of the writer’s poetry... more...

  • Milton and Republicanismby David Armitage; Armand Himy; Quentin Skinner

    Cambridge University Press 1995; US$ 37.00

    Historians and literary critics offer a comprehensive thematic assessment of Milton's political and literary career. more...

  • Defoe's Moll Flandersby Nancy Levi Arnez

    John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1969; US$ 5.99

    This is a topsy-turvy story of a woman born in prison who led a life of crime and wantonness. Later in life she straightens herself out, grows rich, and lives an honest and penitent life. more...

  • Swiftby Bruce Arnold

    The Lilliput Press 2012; US$ 10.19

    Who was Jonathan Swift? Bruce Arnold's provocative book examines this enigmatic figure in the light of his relationships - with his lover Esther Vanhomrigh ('Vanessa'), his ward Esther Johnston ('Stella'), and his many great male friends: Congreve, Temple, Bolingbroke, Harley, Pope, Addison, Thomas Sheridan, and others. Though often caricatured as... more...

  • Teaching English Literature 16-19by Carol Atherton; Andrew Green; Gary Snapper

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 44.95

    Teaching English Literature 16 ? 19 is an essential new resource that is suitable for use both as an introductory guide for those new to teaching literature and also as an aid to reflection and renewal for more experienced teachers. Using the central philosophy that students will learn best when actively engaged in discussion and encouraged to apply... more...

  • Swift's Satires on Modernismby G. Douglas Atkins

    Palgrave Macmillan 2012; US$ 40.00

    More than three centuries later, Jonathan Swift's writing remains striking and relevant. In this engaging study, Atkins brings forty-plus years of critical experience to bear on some of the greatest satires ever written, revealing new contexts for understanding post-Reformation reading practices and the development of the modern personal essay. more...