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Eighteenth-Century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology Paperback – February 13, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1405113199 ISBN-10: 1405113197 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2 edition (February 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405113197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405113199
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Eighteenth-Century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology is simply the best or even the only eighteenth-century poetry anthology to use in undergraduate and graduate survey courses. The annotation is rich and detailed, the headnotes and introductory matter are superb and the selections wisely chosen. This is an edition that I treasure." John Richetti, University of Pennsylvania <!--end-->


"This is one of those rare books that reshapes and reanimates a field of inquiry. Fairer and Gerrard know their subject as well as anyone, and this anthology gives us all the benefit of their erudition, insight and critical tact." John Sitter, Emory University

"The volume, handsomely produced, is annotated economically, with a sure instinct for what a reader will find puzzling, whilst the head notes are compact, informative and lucid. The balance of the famous and the obscure is perfectly struck." English Studies

Book Description

For the second edition of this popular collection, the political and satirical content of the Anthology has been strengthened, with the inclusion of poems such as Charles Churchill's Night, Samuel Johnson's London and Swift's A Satirical Elegy on a Late Famous General. The revised edition also features work by two additional women poets, Martha Fowke and Sarah Dixon.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Lotto on June 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've been teaching 18th and 19th century poetry courses for a few years and this anthology is the best I've found. The editorial choices favor the canon, as an anthology should. Many full texts of major poems are included, but so are texts of poems often overlooked but vital to a comprehensive survey. There are long excerpts of Thompson's The Seasons, for example, which very few anthologies think to include because it is a somewhat mind-numbing read and *hard* to teach to undergraduates; it is by far one of the most important poems of the early c18 decades. Because the anthology accounts for both a poem's initial reception and its teachability, it surpasses the competition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "melkerseyiii" on June 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
In Eighteenth-Century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology, David Fairer and Christine Gerrard have created an important portable library. The contents have been organized in a variety of useful ways (chronologically as well as thematically) and insightfully selected to cover a range of voices and topics. The annotations stand up to repeated readings; the scholarship displays a rare mixture of subtlety and depth of knowledge. Although it is an invaluable teaching tool for undergraduates, I keep it on my desk as an accessible and meticulously accurate reference resource. There is no finer work of its kind.
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