(The Britannica Guide to World Literature) J. e. Luebering - English Literature from the Old English

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Published in 2011 by Britannica Educational Publishing (a trademark of Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.)in association with Rosen Educational Services, LLC29 East 21st Street, New York, NY 10010.Copyright © 2011 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, and the Thistle logo are registered trademarks of Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. All rights reserved.Rosen Educational Services materials copyright © 2011 Rosen Educational Services, LLC. All rights reserved.Distributed exclusively by Rosen Educational Services.For a listing of additional Britannica Educational Publishing titles, call toll free (800) 237-9932.First EditionBritannica Educational PublishingMichael I. Levy: Executive EditorJ.E. Luebering: Senior ManagerMarilyn L. Barton: Senior Coordinator, Production ControlSteven Bosco: Director, Editorial TechnologiesLisa S. Braucher: Senior Producer and Data EditorYvette Charboneau: Senior Copy EditorKathy Nakamura: Manager, Media AcquisitionJ.E. Luebering: Senior Editor, LiteratureRosen Educational ServicesJeanne Nagle: Senior EditorJoanne Randolph: EditorNelson Sá: Art DirectorCindy Reiman: Photography Manager Matthew Cauli: Designer, Cover DesignIntroduction by Rebecca CarranzaLibrary of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataEnglish literature from the Old English period through the Renaissance / edited by J.E. Luebering.—1st ed.p. cm.—(The Britannica guide to world literature)Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN 978-1-61530-230-7(eBook)1. English literature—History and criticism. 2. English literature—Old English, ca. 450–1100—History and criticism. 3. English literature—Middle English, 1100–1500—History and criticism. 4. English literature—Early modern, 1500–1700—History and criticism. I. Luebering, J. E.PR83.E62 2010820.9—dc222009047904On the cover:William Shakespeare (foreground)and Geoffrey Chaucer are two of the most recognizable and important luminaries of early English literature. Oli Scarff/Getty Images (Shakespeare); Hulton Archive/Getty Images (Chaucer)On page 10:A stained glass window depicting printer William Caxton as he presents his first printed page to King Edward IV and his queen. Ernest Heimann/Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesPages 20, 251, 253, 257 (map) © & Colin McKie; pp. 20, 21, 50, 108, 177, 249, 223 (books) © .
CONTENTSIntroduction: 10Chapter 1: The Old English Period 21Poetry 24The Major Manuscripts25Problems of Dating 25Religious Verse 26Elegiac and Heroic Verse 27Prose 29Early Translations into English 30Late 10th- and 11th-Century Prose 32Significant Figures and Texts 33Notable OldEnglish Writers 33Notable Old English Texts 39Chapter 2: The MiddleEnglish Period 50Early Middle English Poetry 50Influence of French Poetry 51Fabliau53Didactic Poetry 54Verse Romance 54Beast Epic55Arthurian Legend 5657103043
Breton Lay59The Lyric 59Early Middle English Prose 61Later Middle English Poetry 63Alliterative Poetry 63Courtly Poetry 68Popular and Secular Verse 72Political Verse73Later Middle English Prose 73Religious Prose 74Secular Prose 75

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