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Brief History of English and American Literature

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Download Part 1, Chapter I - From the Conquest to Chaucer, 1066-1400 audio
Download Part 1, Chapter II - From Chaucer to Spenser, 1400-1599 audio
Download Part 1, Chapter III - The Age of Shakspere, 1564-1616 audio
Download Part 1, Chapter IV - The Age of Milton, 1608-1674 audio
Download Part 1, Chapter V - From the Restoration to the Death of Pope, 1660-1744 audio
Download Part 1, Chapter VI - From the Death of Pope to the French Revolution, 1744-1789 audio
Download Part 1, Chapter VII - From the French Revolution to the Death of Scott, 1789-1832 audio
Download Part 1, Chapter VIII - From the Death of Scott to the Present Time, 1832-1886 audio
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Download Part 2, Preface & Chapter I - The Colonial Period, 1607-1765 audio
Download Part 2, Chapter II - The Revolutionary Period, 1765-1815 audio
Download Part 2, Chapter III - The Era of National Expansion, 1815-1837 audio
Download Part 2, Chapter IV - The Concord Writers, 1837-1861 audio
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Henry Augustin Beers, native of Buffalo, NY and professor of English at Yale, with the help of John Fletcher Hurst (1834-1903), Methodist bishop and first Chancellor of American University, has written a sweeping thousand 900 year history of English literature, up to the end of the 19th century. Although at times biased and sometimes misguided (as when he dismisses Mark Twain as a humorist noteworthy in his time but not for the ages), his research is sound and his criticism is interesting and quite often very balanced. In addition, the last chapter of each part is Hurst's synopsis of religious and theological literature in the language. This book is interesting for its point of view, but also useful as a jumping-off point for those interested in reading the classics. (Summary by Kalynda)

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