by William J. Long
Publisher: Ginn and Co 1909
Number of pages: 636
William J. Long's presentation on the history of English literature from Anglo-Saxon times to the close of the Victorian Era. The book has three specific aims: (1) to create or to encourage in every student the desire to read the best books, and to know literature itself rather than what has been written about literature. (2) To interpret literature both personally and historically, that is, to show how a great book generally reflects not only the author's life and thought but also the spirit of the age and the ideals of the nation's history. (3) To show, by a study of each successive period, how our literature has steadily developed from its first simple songs and stories to its present complexity in prose and poetry.
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