1000 Years of English Literature

Revised Edition

Chris Fletcher

1000 Years of English Literature

Chris Fletcher

Distributed for British Library

221 pages | 200 color plates | 7 1/2 x 10 | © 2012
Paper $19.00 ISBN: 9780712358736 Published July 2012 For sale in North and South America only

The British Library is home to an unparalleled collection of original manuscripts of great English literature, from the tenth-century manuscript of Beowulf to the work of such twentieth-century authors as T. S. Eliot, Ted Hughes, and Angela Carter. With 1000 Years of English Literature, Chris Fletcher shares some of the gems from the collection.
Originally published in 2003, this updated and expanded paperback edition chronicles the life and work of more than one hundred of the best-loved British writers, with greater attention paid to the writers of the twentieth century. Each spread begins with an engaging sketch of the life and significance of the author, then offers a reproduced portion of manuscript on the facing page. Among the writers included are Shakespeare, Dickens, Wordsworth, and Larkin, and the volume also presents such masterpieces as Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. Whether written on parchment, vellum, or paper, and whether poems, short stories, novels, or diaries, these documents offer fascinating insights into the world of the writer at work and at times reveal major amendments and corrections carried out during the course of writing.  
An inspiring vision of literary achievement, 1000 Years of English Literature will not only teach and delight but also enrich the pleasure of reading and rereading the best literature Britain has to offer.  


Early and Medieval
The 'Harley Lyrics'
'Sir Orfeo'
William Langland
The 'Gawain Poet'
John Gower
Geoffrey Chaucer
The 'Sloane Lyrics'
Margery Kempe
Charles d'Orléans
Sir Thomas Malory
Robert Henryson

Renaissance and Restoration
Sir Thomas Wyatt
Launcelot Andrewes
Sir John Harington
George Peele
William Shakespeare
Sir Walter Ralegh
Ben Jonson
Sir Fulke Greville
Robert Herrick
Philip Massinger
John Milton
Sir Thomas Browne
John Dryden
Katherine Philips
Thomas Traherne
Samuel Butler

The Eighteenth Century
Jonathan Swift
Alexander Pope
Allan Ramsay
Daniel Defoe
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Samuel Richardson
Laurence Sterne
Thomas Gray
Samuel Johnson
Robert Burns
William Cowper
William Blake

The Nineteenth Century
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
William Wordsworth
Jane Austen
John Keats
Percy Bysshe Shelley
John Clare
Sir Walter Scott
Mary Shelley
George Gordon, Lord Byron
Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning
Emily Brontë
Charlotte Brontë
Anne Brontë
Charles Dickens
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Lewis Carroll
Edward Lear
George Eliot
Christina Rossetti
Thomas Hardy
Oscar Wilde

The Twentieth Century
Arthur Conan Doyle
Joseph Conrad
E. M. Forster
Kenneth Grahame
Wilfred Owen
Katherine Mansfield
T. S. Eliot
James Joyce
Virginia Woolf
George Bernard Shaw
Stella Gibbons
Dylan Thomas
John Betjeman
Philip Larkin
Terence Rattigan
Mervyn Peake
Lawrence Durrell
John Osborne
Stevie Smith
Laurie Lee
Sylvia Plath
W. H. Auden
Harold Pinter
B. S. Johnson
Jean Rhys
Angela Carter
Ted Hughes
J. G. Ballard
Dame Beryl Bainbridge
Sir Tom Stoppard
Graham Swift
Wendy Cope

Further reading
Picture credits
Review Quotes
R. Stuhr, University of Pennsylvania | Choice
“[B]eautifully designed. . . . Taken in its entirety, this volume by Fletcher and associates provides an overview of England’s literary heritage, a history of its language and script, and a look at its practice and industry of replication and publication from Beowulf to Wendy Cope. . . . This book will appeal to readers of British literature and bibliophiles. Recommended.”

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