Victorian Literature is a complete and completely annotated anthology with a versatile layout that enables lecturers and scholars to pursue conventional or leading edge traces of inquiry – from the canon to its extensions and its contexts.
• Represents the period’s significant writers of prose, poetry, drama, and extra, together with Tennyson, Arnold, the Brownings, Carlyle, Ruskin, the Rossettis, Wilde, Eliot, and the Brontës
• Promotes an ideologically and culturally various view of Victorian society with the inclusion of ladies, working-class, colonial, and homosexual and lesbian writers
• comprises contemporary scholarship with five contextual sections and cutting edge sub-sections on issues like environmentalism and animal rights; mass literacy and mass media; intercourse and sexuality; melodrama and comedy; the Irish query; ruling India and the Indian Mutiny and innovations in print tradition
• Emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the sector with a spotlight on social, cultural, inventive, and old elements
• incorporates a totally annotated better half web site for lecturers and scholars supplying increased context sections, extra readings from key writers, appendices, and an intensive bibliography
By Charlotte Bronte
Following the large renowned luck of Jane Eyre, which earned her lifelong notoriety as an ethical innovative, Charlotte Brontë vowed to write down a sweeping social chronicle that fascinated with "something genuine and unromantic as Monday morning." Set within the industrializing England of the Napoleonic wars and Luddite revolts of 1811-12, Shirley (1849) is the tale of 2 contrasting heroines. One is the shy Caroline Helstone, who's trapped within the oppressive surroundings of
a Yorkshire rectory and whose naked existence
symbolizes the plight of unmarried girls within the 19th century. the opposite is the vivacious Shirley Keeldar, who inherits an area property and whose wealth liberates her from conference.
By Muriel Spark
An election is held on the abbey of Crewe and the recent girl abbess takes up her excessive place of work with implacable serenity.
it is a satirical fable approximately ecclesiastical and different kinds of politics. the writer has additionally written The best of pass over Jean Brodie and Girls of narrow Means.
By William Shakespeare
In 1603, James VI of Scotland ascended the English throne, changing into James I of britain. London used to be alive with an curiosity in all issues Scottish, and Shakespeare grew to become to Scottish historical past for fabric. He came across a spectacle of violence and tales of traitors prompt by way of witches and wizards, echoing James’s trust in a connection among treason and witchcraft.
In depicting a guy who murders to develop into king, Macbeth teases us with large questions. Is Macbeth tempted by way of destiny, or by means of his or his wife’s ambition? Why does their good fortune flip to ashes?
Like different performs, Macbeth speaks to every new release. Its tale was noticeable as that of a hero who commits an evil act and can pay an immense expense. lately, it's been utilized to international locations that overreach themselves and to trendy alienation. the road is blurred among Macbeth’s evil and his competitors’ stable, and there are new attitudes towards either witchcraft and gender.
The authoritative version of Macbeth from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the relied on and frequent Shakespeare sequence for college students and common readers, includes:
-Freshly edited textual content in accordance with the easiest early revealed model of the play
-Newly revised explanatory notes with ease put on pages dealing with the textual content of the play
-Scene-by-scene plot summaries
-A key to the play’s recognized traces and phrases
-An advent to analyzing Shakespeare’s language
-An essay via a number one Shakespeare student offering a contemporary point of view at the play
-Fresh photos from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s colossal holdings of infrequent books
-An updated annotated consultant to extra reading
Essay via Susan Snyder
The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is domestic to the world’s biggest number of Shakespeare’s published works, and a magnet for Shakespeare students from all over the world. as well as exhibitions open to the general public all year long, the Folger deals an entire calendar of performances and courses. for additional info, stopover at Folger.edu.
Northanger Abbey was once the 1st of Jane Austen's novels to be accomplished for ebook, notwithstanding she had formerly made a begin on experience and Sensibility and delight and Prejudice. in line with Cassandra Austen's Memorandum, Susan (as it used to be first referred to as) used to be written nearly in the course of 1798–99. It used to be revised via Austen for the click in 1803, and bought within the similar 12 months for £10 to a London bookseller, Crosby & Co., who made up our minds opposed to publishing. In 1817, the bookseller used to be content material to promote it again to the novelist's brother, Henry Austen, for the precise sum — £10 — that he had paid for it initially, no longer realizing that the author used to be by way of then the writer of 4 well known novels. the unconventional was once additional revised earlier than being introduced out posthumously in overdue December 1817 (1818 given at the title-page), because the first volumes of a four-volume set with Persuasion.
Film, television or theatrical adaptations
The A&E community and the BBC published the tv variation Northanger Abbey in 1986.
An edition of Northanger Abbey with screenplay through Andrew Davies, was once proven on ITV on 25 March 2007 as a part of their "Jane Austen Season". This variation aired on PBS within the usa as a part of the "Complete Jane Austen" on Masterpiece vintage in January 2008.
"Pup Fiction" – an episode of Wishbone that includes the plot and characters of Austen's Northanger Abbey.
In 2012, it was once introduced that HarperCollins had employed Scottish crime author Val McDermid to evolve Northanger Abbey for a contemporary viewers, as a suspenseful youngster mystery. McDermid acknowledged of the undertaking, "At its middle it is a teenager novel, and a satire - that is anything which inserts very well with modern fiction. and you'll feel a shiver of worry relocating via it. i'll be protecting the suspense – i understand how to maintain the reader at the fringe of their seat. i feel Jane Austen builds suspense good in a number of locations, yet she squanders it, and he or she will get to the endgame too fast. So i'll be engaged on these things."
By Christopher Isherwood
Two Englishmen assembly on a teach to Berlin in 1930 kick off one in all Isherwood’s such a lot enduring novels
On a teach to Berlin in overdue 1930, William Bradshaw locks eyes with Arthur Norris, an irresistibly comical fellow Englishman donning a slightly noticeable wig and frightened approximately generating his passport on the frontier. So starts a friendship performed within the seedier quarters of the town, the place Norris runs a doubtful import-export enterprise and lives in excited worry of his bullying secretary,his collectors, and his dominatrix female friend, Anni. because the around the world financial melancholy strangles the loads and the Communists make a determined stand opposed to Fascism and warfare, Norris sells himself as political orator, secret agent, and double agent. He additionally sells his buddies. Like its spouse novel, Goodbye to Berlin, Mr Norris adjustments Trains bargains unforgettable characters suffering within the vortex because the Nazis upward push to energy.
By William Shakespeare, Barbara A. Mowat, Paul Werstine
Much Ado approximately Nothing contains relatively assorted tales of romantic love. Hero and Claudio fall in love nearly firstly sight, yet an intruder, Don John, moves out at their happiness. Beatrice and Benedick are saved aside through satisfaction and mutual antagonism until eventually others choose to play Cupid.
The authoritative variation of Much Ado approximately Nothing from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the relied on and established Shakespeare sequence for college kids and normal readers, includes:
-Freshly edited textual content in accordance with the simplest early revealed model of the play
-Full explanatory notes very easily put on pages dealing with the textual content of the play
-Scene-by-scene plot summaries
-A key to the play’s recognized traces and phrases
-An creation to interpreting Shakespeare’s language
-An essay via a number one Shakespeare pupil delivering a contemporary point of view at the play
-Fresh photographs from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s enormous holdings of infrequent books
-An annotated advisor to extra reading
Essay via Gail Kern Paster
The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is domestic to the world’s biggest selection of Shakespeare’s published works, and a magnet for Shakespeare students from world wide. as well as exhibitions open to the general public all year long, the Folger deals a whole calendar of performances and courses. for additional info, stopover at Folger.edu.