The Britannica Guide to World Literature, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1615302816
  • ISBN-13: 9781615302819
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
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  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released April 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011

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Weaving together imagination and social commentary, the literature of a nation is often the most effective way to understand the ethos of its people at any given time. The written word offers a sharpened lens through which readers can perceive the world they inhabit, so as to better comprehend personal or universal truths. This captivating series presents major authors, poets, and texts from the world over, immersing students in the life stories of authors that are often as engaging as the narratives these writers have crafted. Discussions on significant literary movements place the works in social context and reveal the Zeitgeist of each era.

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The Britannica Guide to World Literature: American Literature from 1600 Through the 1850s  (ISBN-10: 1615302336 | ISBN-13: 9781615302338)

Fiercely nationalistic, the first prominent American writers exhibited a profound pride in the territory that would come to be known as the United States. Predating even the Declaration of Independence, much early American writing entailed commentary on the newly developing American society. This volume examines the literature of the country in its nascence and writers such as Poe, Hawthorne, and Emerson, who helped cultivate a uniquely American voice.

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The Britannica Guide to World Literature: American Literature from 1945 Through Today  (ISBN-10: 1615302352 | ISBN-13: 9781615302352)

Perhaps the most defining characteristic of American literature composed after World War II is the rejection of conventional form and structure with its increasingly uninhibited and experimental style. Embracing works from previously marginalized groups like African Americans and women and ushering in new genres, contemporary American literature has progressively begun to mirror the American population in diversity and versatility. In this volume, readers are invited to think critically about the social issues and ideas that are as much a part of modern American life as they are of modern American literature.

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The Britannica Guide to World Literature: American Literature from the 1850s to 1945  (ISBN-10: 1615302344 | ISBN-13: 9781615302345)

Deviating from the romanticism of earlier works, American literature that emerged after the mid-19th century adopted a distinct realism and an often critical view of American society. With penetrating analyses, writers such as Henry Adams and Upton Sinclair exposed fundamental flaws in government and industry, while Mark Twain and H.L. Mencken incisively satirized social ills such as prejudice and intolerance. Readers will encounter these and other great minds whose fluid pens challenged the status quo.

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The Britannica Guide to World Literature: English Literature from the 19th Century Through Today  (ISBN-10: 1615302328 | ISBN-13: 9781615302321)

As the British empire expanded ever outward, English writers of the 19th and early 20th centuries such as Charles Dickens, T.S. Eliot, and Virginia Woolf turned their gaze inward to matters of ethical and moral import. Modern writers continue to examine British identity by reformulating and reinventing literary movements and devices introduced by their predecessors. Readers of this volume are invited to observe the progression of English literature and enjoy the stories behind some of the most seminal works in the world.

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The Britannica Guide to World Literature: English Literature from the Old English Period Through the Renaissance  (ISBN-10: 1615302301 | ISBN-13: 9781615302307)

Retaining the thrill and tone of oral storytelling as the written word became increasingly widespread was the charge of early English writing. Beginning in the Old English period and continuing through the Medieval and Renaissance periods, writers such as Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare began to elevate the place of literature in society. This volume details the evolution of early English literature and the enduring works that have withstood centuries of linguistic and cultural change.

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The Britannica Guide to World Literature: English Literature from the Restoration through the Romantic Period  (ISBN-10: 161530231X | ISBN-13: 9781615302314)

Both the form and content of literature today owes much to the developments that took place in England between the Restoration and Romantic periods. The emergence of the novel triggered the creation of new genres and accompanied a rise in literacy throughout the country. This volume examines the English writers who helped shape the social, political, and religious climate of the age, and immerses students in the history of narratives that continue to enchant audiences today.

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The Britannica Guide to World Literature: The Literature of Spain and Latin America  (ISBN-10: 1615302298 | ISBN-13: 9781615302291)

From the whimsical idealism of Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote to the magical realism of Gabriel García Márquez's 100 Years of Solitude, Spanish-language literature has substantially enriched the global literary canon. This volume examines the vibrant prose and dynamic range of both Spanish and Latin American authors, whose narratives are informed as much by their imaginations as the turbulent histories of these native lands. Influenced by a plethora of diverse cultures, these tales truly tell a global story.

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