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  • Paperback: 566 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; New Ed edition (21 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631218777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631218777
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 4.1 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 570,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A major contribution to our understanding and appreciation of the period in which Wordsworth and his contemporaries lived and worked." The Keswick Reminder "It is a collection which will no doubt have extensive use in any library. It provides a sound and up–to–date introduction to contexts, ideas, approaches and texts, and frequently goes further than a mere introduction." Chris Jones, University of Wales, Bangor "Meticulously scholarly. An essential student course book." Year′s Work in English Studies

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This is a collection of essays, commissioned especially for this volume, designed for the general reader or the student of the Romantic period (1785-1832). There are sections on Romanticism as a phenomenon, particular works (Lyrical Ballads, Keats' Odes, etc.), critical approaches to the subject, and historical and cultural background. It's the ideal choice for anyone interested in the subject. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Of course, romantic is used in several senses; but it is important to us as it appears with a capital 'R', or as an '-ism' - a literary-historical classification which labels certain writers and writings of the later eighteenth and early nineteenth century, and the ideas characteristically found in those works (and often in later works, too). Read the first page
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
This companion is exactly what it says it is - A must have piece of definitive background reading which every English student should have with them. The Companion covers wide ranging topics, which is useful for most subjects within the English Literature spectrum from understanding novels, authors, genres and poetry to including major issues and debates. This can be used as a help to understanding, as well as a spring board of ideas for the beginning of essays. This companion is not the only research you would need to do for any work or understanding but it goes a long way to cover the important parts of English Literature
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jun. 2005
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Has really useful articles on the major works of the period, as well as some you might not have heard of but are gaining more attention from critics (and rightly so). Romanticism beyond Wordsworth et al! There's also some good sections giving context to the movement in terms of historical background, emerging genres, important issues such as slavery and current critical debates. This book gave me a good grounding for the Romanticism paper of my degree course.
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Mandatory Reading for Romanticists 11 July 2000
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Format: Hardcover
Wu's Companion should be mandatory reading for serious scholars of English Romanticism. With major sections on historical milieux, readings of major canonical (and non-canonical) texts, major genres, and critical debates, the Companion is valuable to those just approaching Romantic writing and those who have studied a long time but want a condensed (?) version of the critical conversations. In addition, Wu had the good sense (and good fortune) to gather together some of the foremost scholars of Romantic literature: among others, contributors are Nelson Hilton, Jonathan Wordsworth, David Bromwich, David Simpson, and Alan Richardson. I know more than one Ph.D. student who credits Wu's book with getting him or her through the Romantic portion of comprehensive exams, and many professors are finding it invaluable for classroom prep.
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Three Stars 28 Oct. 2014
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A bit outdated. Could use some more recent essays.
2 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Mandatory Reading for Romanticists 11 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Wu's Companion should be mandatory reading for serious scholars of English Romanticism. With major sections on historical milieux, readings of major canonical (and non-canonical) texts, major genres, and critical debates, the Companion is valuable to those just approaching Romantic writing and those who have studied a long time but want a condensed (?) version of the critical conversations. In addition, Wu had the good sense (and good fortune) to gather together some of the foremost scholars of Romantic literature: among others, contributors are Nelson Hilton, Jonathan Wordsworth, David Bromwich, David Simpson, and Alan Richardson. I know more than one Ph.D. student who credits Wu's book with getting him or her through the Romantic portion of comprehensive exams, and many professors are finding it invaluable for classroom prep.
1 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Mandatory Reading for Romanticists 11 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Wu's Companion should be mandatory reading for serious scholars of English Romanticism. With major sections on historical milieux, readings of major canonical (and non-canonical) texts, major genres, and critical debates, the Companion is valuable to those just approaching Romantic writing and those who have studied a long time but want a condensed (?) version of the critical conversations. In addition, Wu had the good sense (and good fortune) to gather together some of the foremost scholars of Romantic literature: among others, contributors are Nelson Hilton, Jonathan Wordsworth, David Bromwich, David Simpson, and Alan Richardson. I know more than one Ph.D. student who credits Wu's book with getting him or her through the Romantic portion of comprehensive exams, and many professors are finding it invaluable for classroom prep.
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