Free and Discounted Ebooks
Join 130,000 readers! Get our ebook deals straight to your inbox.

English Literature: Its History and Significance for the Life of the English-Speaking World

Cover image for

Download


Author: William J. Long
Language: English
Wordcount: 211,217 / 645 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 68.1
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 2,139
Added to site: 2006.01.17
mnybks.net#: 12515
Genre: Criticism

This book, which presents the whole splendid history of English literature from Anglo-Saxon times to the close of the Victorian Era, has three specific aims. The first is to create or to encourage in every student the desire to read the best books, and to know literature itself rather than what has been written about literature. The second is to interpret literature both personally and historically, that is, to show how a great book generally reflects not only the author's life and thought but also the spirit of the age and the ideals of the nation's history. The third aim is to show, by a study of each successive period, how our literature has steadily developed from its first simple songs and stories to its present complexity in prose and poetry.

Show Excerpt

the delicate curves of the shell reflect sounds and harmonies too faint to be otherwise noticed. A hundred men may pass a hayfield and see only the sweaty toil and the windrows of dried grass; but here is one who pauses by a Roumanian meadow, where girls are making hay and singing as they work. He looks deeper, sees truth and beauty where we see only dead grass, and he reflects what he sees in a little poem in which the hay tells its own story:

Yesterday's flowers am I, And I have drunk my last sweet draught of dew. Young maidens came and sang me to my death; The moon looks down and sees me in my shroud, The shroud of my last dew. Yesterday's flowers that are yet in me Must needs make way for all to-morrow's flowers. The maidens, too, that sang me to my death Must even so make way for all the maids That are to come. And as my soul, so too their soul will be Laden with fragrance of the days gone by. The maidens that to-morrow come this way Will

SUBSCRIBE TO MANYBOOKS 

FREE EBOOKS 

Join 120,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Author of the Day

Lisa Regan
Multi-award winning author, Lisa Regan, writes parts of her bestselling crime/suspense novels in a small notebook whenever she finds a spare 10 minutes, with her dog cuddled up on her lap. Today Regan gives us some insights into the creation of Claire Fletcher, what inspired her to write this book and how she decided to be a writer rather than an astronaut.
Read full interview...