Best 18th Century Literary Criticism Books

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1. The Essential Stories & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (illustrated): 21 essential short stories & poems from Edgar Allan Poe.

Author: by Edgar Allan Poe
Published at: Independently published (October 28, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1703239287

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Discover a classic collection by the literary legend Edgar Allan Poe! Inside this book, you’ll find an incredible selection of some of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous works. Containing classic stories and short poems including The Raven, The Fall of the House of Usher and The Black Cat, these works have stood the test of time, and continue to entertain and inspire people to this day.

With powerful stories of insanity, murder mysteries, torture and love, Poe’s work is the foundation of modern horror literature, influencing other legends such as H.P. Lovecraft and Arthur Conan Doyle. Perfect for both new and existing fans, this beautifully-formatted collection contains some of Edgar Allan Poe’s best literature.

14 Essays & Tales The Fall of the House of UsherThe Pit and the PendulumThe Tell-Tale HearthThe Black CatThe Masque of the Red DeathThe Cask of AmontilladoBereniceThe Premature BurialLigeiaThe Murders in the Rue MorgueWilliam WilsonThe Purloined LetterHop-FrogThe Gold Bug 7 Classic Poems Annabel LeeThe RavenA Dream Within A DreamLenoreTo HelenThe City in the SeaThe Haunted PalaceWith stunning illustrations, this incredible collection makes both the perfect keepsake for dedicated fans and a great way to introduce new readers to Poe’s stories.

2. Don't Read Poetry: A Book About How to Read Poems

Author: by Stephanie Burt

Published at: Basic Books (May 21, 2019)
ISBN: 978-0465094509

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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.

3. Atlantis: City of Mages

Author: by M. Arcturus
Published at: Maven Quest (February 23, 2021)
ISBN: 978-1736441503

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During the peaceful moments of REM sleep, Selen, an oracle on Atlantis, has a vision bearing a bone-chilling omen. Her sheltered life at the palace, the late nights in the archive, and her oracle studies are about to come to an end.

A traveler known as ‘The Destroyer of Worlds’ is making their way to Atlantis. The Destroyer has a special connection to the divine and has orders to roam from world to world observing the inhabitants’ activities. If the actions of the people are not satisfactory, the Destroyer has to take devastating measures.

Hoping to stop an impending war before the traveler arrives, Selen has to locate a stolen shipment of cargo, and deliver it to an ancient race of dragons before they lose their patience. Will Selen’s selfless actions to right the wrongs be enough to appease the traveler, and will the traveler support Selen and her friends or side with the destructive forces of the dragons?

For all Selen knows, Atlantis could be facing the end of all days.

4. A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and the Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides (Oxford World's Classics)

Author: by Samuel Johnson
Published at: Oxford University Press (January 1, 2021)
ISBN: 978-0198798743

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In 1773, James Boswell made a long-planned journey across the Scottish Highlands with his English friend Samuel Johnson; the two spent more than a hundred days together. Their tour of the Hebrides resulted in two books, A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland (1775), a kind of locodescriptive ethnography and Johnson’s most important work between his Shakespeare edition and his Lives of the Poets.

The other, Boswell’s Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson (1785), a travel narrative experimenting with biography, the first application of the techniques he would use in his Life of Samuel Johnson (1791). These two works form a natural pair and, owing that they cover much of the same material, are often read together, focusing on the Scottish highlands.

The text presents a lightly-edited version of both works, preserving the original orthography and corrected typographical errors to fit modern grammar standards. The introduction and notes provide clear and concise explanations on Johnson and Boswell’s respective careers, their friendship and grand biographical projects.

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. The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan (Oxford Handbooks)

Author: by Michael Davies
Published at: Oxford University Press; Illustrated edition (September 26, 2018)
ISBN: 978-0199581306

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The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan is the most extensive volume of original essays ever published on the seventeenth-century Nonconformist preacher and writer, John Bunyan. Its thirty-eight chapters examine Bunyan’s life and works, their religious and historical contexts, and the critical reception of his writings, in particular his allegorical narrative, The Pilgrim’s Progress.

Interdisciplinary and comprehensive, it provides unparalleled scope and expertise, ranging from literary theory to religious history and from theology to post-colonial criticism. The Handbook is structured in four sections. The first, ‘Contexts’, deals with the historical Bunyan in relation to various aspects of his life, background, and work as a Nonconformist: from basic facts of biography to the nature of his church at Bedford, his theology, and the religious and political cultures of seventeenth-century Dissent.

Part 2 considers Bunyan’s literary output: from his earliest printed tracts to his posthumously published works. Offering discrete chapters on Bunyan’s major works-Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners (1666), The Pilgrim’s Progress, Parts I and II (1678; 1684); The Life and Death of Mr. Badman (1680), and The Holy War (1682)-this section nevertheless covers Bunyan’s oeuvre in its entirety: controversial and pastoral, narrative and poetic.

7. The Modern Gothic and Literary Doubles: Stevenson, Wilde and Wells

Author: by L. Dryden
Published at: Palgrave Macmillan; 2003rd edition (September 2, 2003)
ISBN: 978-1403905109

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This book offers a revisionist account of poetry and embodiment from Milton to Romanticism. Scholars have made much of the period’s theories of matter, with some studies equating the eighteenth century’s modernity with its materialism. Yet the Enlightenment in Britain also brought bold new arguments for the immateriality of spirit and evocative claims about an imminent spirit realm.

Protestant religious writing was of two minds about futurity, swinging back and forth between patience for the resurrected body and desire for the released soul. This ancient pattern carried over, the book argues, into understandings of poetry as a modern devotional practice.

A range of authors agreed that poems can provide a foretaste of the afterlife, but they disagreed about what kind of future state the imagination should seek. The mortalist impulse-exemplified by John Milton and by Romantic poets Anna Letitia Barbauld and William Wordsworth-is to overcome the temptation of disembodiment and to restore spirit to its rightful home in matter.