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A History of English Literature (Foundations) Paperback – December 8, 2000

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ISBN-13: 978-0333672266 ISBN-10: 0333672267 Edition: First Edition

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“If I had my way, every student of English would be supplied with a copy of this book.” —Gary Day, Times Higher Education Supplement

“...written in a wonderfully accessible, perceptive style...” —Bel Mooney, Books & Company

“...new, lively and concise History...is essential reading, offering reliable and lively introductions to all the authors for study...” —The English Review

About the Author

Michael Alexander is Berry Professor of English Literature at St. Andrews University.
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Product Details

  • Series: Foundations
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; First Edition edition (December 8, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333672267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333672266
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,276,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Student on October 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
I ordered this item in preparation for the CLEP English Literature exam, hoping that it would give me a brief overview of chief movements and works. The book did cover most major works and authors of prose, drama, and poetry. It is not very long, and has helpful timelines of historic events, authors, and works. However, I disliked this book for two reasons:

1. This book is rather vague. The descriptions of the major movements of literature are fairly good, but the descriptions of authors and works are very subjective, derived mostly from the author's impressions of them rather than dwelling on the descriptions of them. They are not discussed in-depth, and often key facts about the authors or works have been left out completely.

2. This book is rather hard to read. I have good reading comprehension skills, but I often had a difficult time following the author's chain of thought (and sometimes I couldn't follow it at all). The wording could be much plainer and ideas could be linked together much more effectively.

In summary, I gave this book two stars because I felt that it deserved it for having touched upon all major movements and authors. However, this book is not one I would recommend for gaining an understanding of English literature.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr Garry on March 3, 2013
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I'm not a great reader of English literature apart from Dickens. This book provided an excellent background for me for all the things I've missed and probably will never get around to reading. But at least I now know the scope of my ignorance, and that is no bad thing.
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