1000 Years of English Literature (Paperback)
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1000 Years of English Literature (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 01/06/2012
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From the 10th-century manuscript of 'Beowulf' to the work of such 20th-century authors as T.S. Eliot, Ted Hughes and Angela Carter, this beautifully illustrated book presents a panorama of more than 1000 years of literature in English through original manuscripts from the British Library's unparalleled collections. Presented chronologically, the book describes the life and work of nearly 100 of the best-loved British writers, and reproduces manuscripts in their own hand. It includes such masterpieces of literature as Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway, Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast and Laurie Lee's Cider with Rosie. Whether written on parchment, vellum or paper, whether poems, short stories, notebooks, novels or diaries, these documents provide a unique record of the process of composition. Presented in large-format colour reproductions, they offer fascinating insights into the world of the writer at work and often reveal major amendments and corrections carried out during the course of writing. Chris Fletcher's engaging text explains the significance of each writer and the contribution the original manuscripts make to our understanding of the author and their work.

Publisher: British Library Publishing
ISBN: 9780712358736
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 794 g
Dimensions: 255 x 192 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"[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."
--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.
--R. Stuhr, University of Pennsylvania "Choice ""

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