Best 16th Century Literary Criticism Books

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1. Founding Fathers: Puritans in England and America (Uncovering the Seventeenth Century)

Author: by John Eric Adair

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A fascinating history of the Puritans from their emergence to their decline. Republished to commemorate the four hundredth anniversary of the Mayflower’s pioneering voyage, this book is perfect for all who would like to learn more about these men and women, their ideas, and their influence.

Early in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I a group of people emerged who wished to further purify the Church of England and the society in which they lived. They were labelled Puritans. Inspired by ideas from the Reformation as well as the Renaissance these hotter sort of Protestants’ shaped two of the most momentous events of the seventeenth century: the foundation of New England and the English Civil War.

John Adair’s brilliant book is a highly readable account that explores the origins of the Puritans, their shared and differing ideas, and how, even though their final years were marked with dissension and decline, their values have had a vast and continuing influence on the moral framework of northern European and North American civilization.


2. 50 Masterpieces you have to read before you die vol: 1 (Kathartika™ Classics)

Author: by Joseph Conrad

KTHTK (May 17, 2021)

May 17, 2021

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An award-winning poet offers a brilliant introduction to the joys-and challenges-of the genreIn Don’t Read Poetry, award-winning poet and literary critic Stephanie Burt offers an accessible introduction to the seemingly daunting task of reading, understanding, and appreciating poetry. Burt dispels preconceptions about poetry and explains how poems speak to one another-and how they can speak to our lives.

She shows readers how to find more poems once they have some poems they like, and how to connect the poetry of the past to the poetry of the present. Burt moves seamlessly from Shakespeare and other classics to the contemporary poetry circulated on Tumblr and Twitter.

She challenges the assumptions that many of us make about “poetry,” whether we think we like it or think we don’t, in order to help us cherish-and distinguish among-individual poems. A masterful guide to a sometimes confounding genre, Don’t Read Poetry will instruct and delight ingnues and cognoscenti alike.


4. 50 Masterpieces you have to read before you die vol: 2 (2021 Edition)

Author: by Lewis Carroll

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This book contains the works below arranged alphabetically by authors last names1. Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen)2.Peter Pan (J.M.Barrie)3.Cabin Fever (B.M.Bower)4. Agnes Grey (Anne Bront)5. Father Gorio (Honor de Balzac)6. The Inferno (Henri Barbusse)7.

Alice In Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)8. The King in Yellow (Robert William Chambers)9. The Man Who Knew Too Much (G.K Chesterton)10. The Murder on the Links (Agatha Christie)11. The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins)12. The Most Dangerous Game (Richard Connell)13.

The Hound of the Baskervilles (Arthur Conan Doyle)14. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle)15. Nostromo (Joseph Conrad)16. The Last of the Mohicans (James Fenimore Cooper)17. The Red Badge of Courage (Stephen Crane)18. The Enormous Room (E.Cummings)19. Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe)20.

Moll Flanders (Daniel Defoe)21. David Copperfield (Charles Dickens)22. Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens)23. The Double (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)24. Notes From The Underground (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)25. The Three Musketeers (Alexandre Dumas)26. The Man in the Iron Mask (Alexandre Dumas)27. A Room with a View (E.M.Forster)28.


5. Thomas Browne: Selected Writings (21st-Century Oxford Authors)

Author: by Kevin Killeen
Published at: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (April 1, 2018)
ISBN: 978-0198797654

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This volume in the 21st Century Oxford Authors series offers students and readers an authoritative, comprehensive selection of the work of Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682). Accompanied by full scholarly apparatus, the edition demonstrates the breadth of the author of some of the most brilliant and delirious prose in English Literature.

Lauded by writers ranging from Coleridge to Virginia Woolf, from Borges to W.G. Sebald, Browne’s distinct style and the musicality of his phrasing have long been seen as a pinnacle of early modern prose. However, it is Browne’s range of subject matter that makes him truly distinct.

His writings include the hauntingly meditative Urn-Burial, and the elaborate The Garden of Cyrus, a work that borders on a madness of infinite pattern. Religio Medici, probably Browne’s most famous work, is at once autobiography, intricate religious-scientific paradox, and a monument of tolerance in the era of the English civil war.

This volume also includes his Pseudodoxia Epidemica, an encyclopaedia of error which contains within its vast remit the entire intellectual landscape of the seventeenth century-its science, its natural history, its painting, its history, its geography and its biblical oddities. The volume enables students to experience the ways in which Browne brings his lucid, baroque and stylish prose to bear across this range of diverse material, together with a carefully poised wit.


6. Thomas of Woodstock (The Revels Plays)

Author: by Peter Corbin
Published at: Manchester University Press; 1st edition (May 1, 2009)
ISBN: 978-0719080678

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This anonymous manuscript play has long been the subject of scholarly dispute regarding its relationship with Shakespeare’s Richard II. This edition, which thoroughly re-examines the text, situates the play within its historical and political context, relating it to the genre of chronicle drama to which it belongs.

The manuscript is of particular interest in that it appears to have been used in the playhouse over a considerable period of time and contains what seems to be evidence of the theatre practice of the time. The play is also of special interest for its skilful and original handling of source material which may well have influenced Shakespeare’s Richard II.

The extensive appendices drawn from Holinshed, Grafton and Stow provide the reader with the opportunity to investigate the manner in which the dramatist has shaped the material. The editors argue for the play’s stage-worthiness and dramatic complexity, suggesting that its range both of dramatic tone and social inclusiveness indicate the work of a dramatist of considerable skill and subtlety, equal or superior to the Shakespeare of the Henry VI plays.


7. Shakespeare's Folktale Sources

Author: by Charlotte Artese
Published at: University of Delaware Press (June 3, 2015)
ISBN: 978-1644530436

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Shakespeare’s Folktale Sources argues that seven playsThe Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Merchant of Venice, All’s Well that Ends Well, Measure for Measure, and Cymbelinederive one or more of their plots directly from folktales.

In most cases, scholars have accepted one literary version of the folktale as a source. Recognizing that the same story has circulated orally and occurs in other medieval and early modern written versions allows for new readings of the plays.

By acknowledging that a play’s source story circulated in multiple forms, we can see how the playwright was engaging his audience on common ground, retelling a story that may have been familiar to many of them, even the illiterate. We can also view the folktale play as a Shakespearean genre, defined by source as the chronicle histories are, that spans and traces the course of Shakespeare’s career.

The fact that Shakespeare reworked folktales so frequently also changes the way we see the history of the literary folk- or fairy-tale, which is usually thought to bypass England and move from Italian novella collections to eighteenth-century French salons. Each chapter concludes with a bibliography listing versions of each folktale source as a resource for further research and teaching.


8. Typographies of Performance in Early Modern England

Author: by Claire M. L. Bourne
Published at: Oxford University Press (August 5, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0198848790

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Typographies of Performance in Early Modern England is the first book-length study of early modern English playbook typography. It tells a new history of drama from the period by considering the page designs of plays by Shakespeare and others printed between the end of the fifteenth centuryand the beginning of the eighteenth century.

It argues that typography, broadly conceived, was used creatively by printers, publishers, playwrights, and other agents of the book trade to make the effects of theatricality-from the most basic (textually articulating a change in speaker) to the morecomplex (registering the kinesis of bodies on stage)-intelligible on the page.

The coalescence of these experiments into a uniquely dramatic typography that was constantly responsive to performance effects made it possible for ‘plays’ to be marketed, collected, and read in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as a print genre distinct from all other genres of imaginativewriting.

It has been said, ‘If a play is a book, it is not a play.’ Typographies of Performance in Early Modern England shows that ‘play’ and ‘book’ were, in fact, mutually constitutive: it was the very bookishness of plays printed in early modern England that allowed them to be recognized by theirearliest readers as plays in the first place.