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A Century of English Essays - Reflections in Literary Time: A Journey Through English Essayistic Brilliance - cover

A Century of English Essays - Reflections in Literary Time: A Journey Through English Essayistic Brilliance

Thomas Carlyle, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, William Shakespeare, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Wordsworth, Joseph Addison, William Caxton, Hilaire Belloc, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Jonathan Swift, William Hazlitt, Edmund Gosse, Alice Meynell, Richard Jefferies, Augustine Birrell, William Makepeace Thackeray, Edward Thomas, Geoffrey Chaucer, Alexander Pope, Austin Dobson, Francis Bacon, W. B. Yeats, G. K. Chesterton, Richard Steel, Grace Rhys

Publisher: Good Press

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Spanning the rich landscape of English literature, 'A Century of English Essays' assembles a striking mosaic of voices and perspectives, each contributing to the vibrant tableau of essayistic dialogue over a hundred years. Within its pages, readers will encounter an array of literary styles, from the critical to the contemplative, the humorous to the gravely serious, reflecting the evolving nature of essay writing itself. The collection underscores the genre's unparalleled ability to capture the zeitgeist of its time, offering standout pieces that range from the introspective musings of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge to the satirical sharpness of Jonathan Swift and the narrative prowess of Charles Dickens, all framed by the editorial acumen that only a collective of this calibre could provide. The contributing authors, hailing from diverse backgrounds yet united by their monumental contributions to English literature, create a dialogue across centuries. Their works stitch together a historical and cultural tapestry that celebrates the essay as both art and commentary. Figures like Thomas Carlyle and William Hazlitt rub shoulders with the poetic genius of Percy Bysshe Shelley and the narrative inventiveness of Geoffrey Chaucer, offering insights into the literary movements and societal shifts that shaped their writing. This convergence of voices not only highlights the individual brilliance of each author but also underscores the collective's pivotal role in the evolution of literary thought and the reflective essay form. 'A Century of English Essays' promises an enriching journey through the minds of some of literature's greatest thinkers, inviting readers into a world where the essay serves as a mirror to society and the human condition. It's an essential volume for those eager to explore the depth and diversity of English essay writing, offering a unique lens through which to view the interplay of history, culture, and individual identity. The collection stands as a testament to the enduring power of the essay to provoke, entertain, and enlighten, making it an indispensable resource for students, scholars, and anyone with a passion for the written word.
Available since: 10/04/2023.
Print length: 485 pages.

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