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The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature [Paperback]

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8 April 2004
Replacing the Annals of English Literature (first published by OUP in 1935), the Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature presents a chronological record of around 15,000 works published in the English language since 1474. Like its predecessor, the Annals of English Literature, the purpose of this book is to show, at a glance, the main literary output of a given year. The aim is to display a significant and representative selection of works in relation to the history and culture of the day. The book's primary focus is English literature, understood as works originally written in English by British authors published in Britain, though exceptions have been made for authors born elsewhere (e.g. Henry James) who made their home in Britain, or some colonial authors who published principally with British publishing houses. Though works of the imagination (poetry, short stories, plays, novels) predominate, 'non-literary' works (biographies, memoirs, critical works, historical scholarship, philosophical and religious texts) are also included. As far as possible the range of works covered represent all levels of literary output and the greats sit alongside long forgotten gems, the trivial, the inspirational, and the unusual, all worthy of remembrance. The works covered generally fall into the following broad categories: · Fiction (novels, novellas, short-story collections, anthologies, selected juvenile fiction) · Poetry (individual works, single-author collections, anthologies) · Drama · Literary Scholarship (editions of English texts, editions of classical and foreign texts, editions of letters, dictionaries and other reference works, critical studies) · Non-Fiction (essays, travel and exploration, literary memoirs, biographical studies, philosophical and religious works, historiography, economics) Each year shows a selection of titles published. The titles are arranged alphabetically by author surname. Each entry consists of author's names and dates, title, notes giving information of particular interest and cross-references (not included with every title), and category (e.g. NF for non-fiction or D for drama). At the beginning of each year there is also a short list of historical events and items of cultural interest, births, and deaths. What were people writing about around the time of the Reformation? Sir Thomas More (1478-1535) A Dialogue Concernynge Heresyes & Matters of Religion Sir Thomas Elyot (1490?-1546) Of the Knowledge whiche Maketh a Wise Man John Colet (1467?-1519) The Ordre of a Good Chrysten Mannes Lyfe How did the English Civil War influence literary output? Robert Chamberlain (1607?-60) The Swaggering Damsell: A comedy Ralph Cudworth (1617-88) The Union of Christ and the Church, in a Shadow Joseph Hall (1574-1656) An Humble Remonstrance to the High Court of Parliament What was being read after the French Revolution? Edmund Burke (1729-97) Reflections on the Revolution in France Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-97) A Vindication of the Rights of Men Charlotte Palmer (fl.1790-1800) It is, and it is not a Novel To what degree did the Industrial Revolution inspire the writers of that day? Charles Babbage (1792-1871) On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures William Cobbett (1763-1835) Cobbett's Manchester Lectures Gilbert Abbott á Beckett (1811-56) The Revolt of the Workhouse What are we reading about now? Helen Fielding (1958) Bridget Jones's Diary Ted Hughes (1930-98) Birthday Letters Zadie Smith (1975) White Teeth Philip Pullman (1946) The Amber Spyglass The main chronology is supplemented by three indexes. An author index allows readers to view the literary output of any given author in chronological order, an index of periodicals gives a short overview of periodicals published during the period covered, and there is also an index of anonymous titles.

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  • Paperback: 838 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Edition edition (8 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198606346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198606345
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 801,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for The Oxford Chronology of English Literature "Could harldy be done better."--Times Higher Education Supplement"Riveting.... A treasure trove for the bookish."--Sunday Times [London]

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5.0 out of 5 stars A chronology, not an anthology! 30 Jun 2014
Very useful listing of major works published year-by-year. I've been trying to find information on books published between 1900-1940, which is very difficult as there were no bestseller lists in the UK at that time, trying to find relevant info on the web is surprisingly difficult. This book, while not being exhaustive, provides what I needed.
Some American reviewer seemed to think this was an anthology of texts - it isn't, it's a listing of titles and authors.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it!!! - FULL TEXTS NOT INCLUDED 5 Jan 2006
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The information on this CD is far too small. All you are able to do is search for citations of a literary work such as date published, original publication, author, original title. THIS CD DOES NOT HAVE THE FULL TEXTS OF ANY WORK. You would be better off googling a literary or buy a brand name encyclopedia suite than get this. I was pretty naive about what it included. DON'T BUY IT. It's not work the shipping.
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