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by Michael Alexander

  • ISBN: 0333913973
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Michael Alexander
  • Subcategory: History & Criticism
  • Other formats: azw lit rtf lrf
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (December 8, 2000)
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • FB2 size: 1695 kb
  • EPUB size: 1973 kb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 496
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Tracing the development of one of the world's richest literatures from the Old English period through to the present day, the narrative discusses a wide range of key authors but never loses its clarity or verve.

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Michael Alexander is Berry Professor of English Literature at St. Andrews University. 1. This book is rather vague. The descriptions of the major movements of literature are fairly good, but the descriptions of authors and works are very subjective, derived mostly from the author's impressions of them rather than dwelling on the descriptions of them. They are not discussed in-depth, and often key facts about the authors or works have been left out completely.

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Professor Alexander has brought off a remarkable feat. A History of English Literature remains the essential companion for anyone wishing to follow the unfolding of writing in England from its beginnings. His history is comprehensive, clear, judicious and sometimes punchy. It is ideal for those who know a few landmark texts, but little of the literary landscape that surrounds them; those who want to know what English literature consists of; and those who simply want to read its fascinating story.

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MICHAEL ALEXANDER is Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of St Andrews, UK. He is a poet and translator and has international experience of teaching English literature, both medieval and modern. MICHAEL ALEXANDER is Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of St Andrews, UK.

Michael Joseph Alexander (born 1941) is a British translator, poet, academic and broadcaster. He held the Berry Chair of English Literature at the University of St Andrews until his retirement in 2003. He is best known for his translations of Beowulf and other Anglo-Saxon poems into modern English verse. He was educated at Downside School, read English at Oxford University, then spent a year in France and in Italy, attending the University of Perugia.

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A History of English Literature provides a comprehensive survey of one of the richest and oldest literatures in the world. Presented as a narrative, and usable as a work of reference, this text offers an account of literature from the beginnings of English until the present day. The author begins by examining the scope of such a history in terms of time, place, and the meaning of "English". The classical status of any particular work is open to challenge, and the notion of classical status itself is explored. The text is unrivalled in its use of pedagogical features and exhibits, offering invaluable insights into particular works, authors' biographies, and literary periods.
Reviews about A History of English Literature (Foundations) (2):
Kecq
I'm not a great reader of English literature apart from Dickens. This book provided an excellent background for me for all the things I've missed and probably will never get around to reading. But at least I now know the scope of my ignorance, and that is no bad thing.
Hugifyn
I ordered this item in preparation for the CLEP English Literature exam, hoping that it would give me a brief overview of chief movements and works. The book did cover most major works and authors of prose, drama, and poetry. It is not very long, and has helpful timelines of historic events, authors, and works. However, I disliked this book for two reasons:

1. This book is rather vague. The descriptions of the major movements of literature are fairly good, but the descriptions of authors and works are very subjective, derived mostly from the author's impressions of them rather than dwelling on the descriptions of them. They are not discussed in-depth, and often key facts about the authors or works have been left out completely.

2. This book is rather hard to read. I have good reading comprehension skills, but I often had a difficult time following the author's chain of thought (and sometimes I couldn't follow it at all). The wording could be much plainer and ideas could be linked together much more effectively.

In summary, I gave this book two stars because I felt that it deserved it for having touched upon all major movements and authors. However, this book is not one I would recommend for gaining an understanding of English literature.

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