The English Reader: What Every Literate Person Needs to Know

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Diane Ravitch, Michael Ravitch
Oxford University Press, 2006 - 486 páginas
In this sequel to the best-selling The American Reader, mother-and-son team Diane and Michael Ravitch have gathered together the best and most memorable poems, essays, songs, and orations in English history, capturing in one compact volume writings that have shaped not only England, but democratic culture around the globe.
Here are words that changed the world, words that inspired revolutions as well as lovers, dreamers, and singers, words that every educated person once knew--and should know today. Framed by two inspiring speeches--Queen Elizabeth before the invasion of the Spanish Armada and Winston Churchill during the dark days of World War II--the book features work by William Wordsworth and W.H. Auden, Thomas Hobbes and John Stuart Mill, Mary Wollstonecraft and Virginia Woolf, Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, and many other extraordinary writers. Readers will find ardent love poems such as Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd To His Love" and Shakespeare's "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?" We also find more philosophical works such as Yeat's "The Second Coming" and Matthew Arnold's "Dover Beach." There are excerpts from Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, Walter Pater and John Ruskin, Edmund Burke and Thomas Carlyle, and other influential thinkers. In addition, the book includes song lyrics ranging from "Greensleeves" to "Rule, Britannia," and works that, though not considered classics, were immensely popular in their day and capture the spirit of an era, such as W.E. Henley's "Invictus" ("I am the master of my fate: / I am the captain of my soul"). The editors also provide brief, fascinating biographies of each writer.
An exquisite gift, The English Reader offers the best of the best--the soaring language and seminal ideas that fired the imagination of the English-speaking world.
 

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Queen Elizabeth I 15331603
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William Shakespeare 15641616
3
Scarborough Fair
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Edmund Spenser 15521599
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Christopher Marlowe 15641593
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Sir Walter Raleigh 15521618
19
Greensleeves
22
Francis Bacon 15611626
23
Percy Bysshe Shelley 17921822
215
John Clare 17931864
221
Felicia Hemans 17931835
224
John Keats 17951821
226
Thomas Carlyle 17951881
233
Thomas Hood 17991845
237
John Henry Newman 18011890
241
Elizabeth Barrett Browning 18061861
244

John Donne 15721631
26
Ben Jonson 15731637
33
Thomas Hobbes 15881679
35
King James Bible 1611
38
Robert Herrick 15911674
48
George Herbert 15931633
50
Sir Thomas Browne 16051682
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Barbara Allen
55
John Milton 16081674
57
Jeremy Taylor 16131667
60
The Two Brothers
61
Richard Lovelace 16181657
63
Andrew Marvell 16211678
65
John Bunyan 16281688
68
Lord Randal
72
John Dryden 16311700
73
John Locke 16321704
75
The Girl I Left Behind Me
79
Isaac Newton 16421727
81
O God Our Help in Ages Past
83
Joy to the World
85
Jonathan Swift 16671745
86
Alexander Pope 16881744
92
Rule Britannia
96
John Wesley 17031791
97
Jesus Lover of My Soul
101
William Pitt 17081778
102
Heart of Oak
105
Samuel Johnson 17091784
107
Thomas Gray 17161771
110
Adam Smith 17231790
114
God Save the King
116
Edmund Burke 1729?1797
117
Oliver Goldsmith 1730?1774
122
William Cowper 17311800
133
William Blake 17571827
136
Mary Wollstonecraft 17591797
146
Robert Burns 17591796
150
Auld Lang Syne
153
William Wilberforce 17591833
154
Thomas Robert Malthus 17661834
159
Amazing Grace
162
William Wordsworth 17701850
164
Sir Walter Scott 17711832
179
Samuel Taylor Coleridge 17721834
180
Walter Savage Landor 17751864
205
William Hazlitt 17781830
206
Lord Byron 17881824
211
John Stuart Mill 18061873
245
Edward Fitzgerald 18091883
250
Alfred Lord Tennyson 18091892
254
Charles Darwin 18091882
266
Edward Lear 18121888
269
Robert Browning 18121889
273
Emily Brontë 18181848
283
John Ruskin 18191900
285
Matthew Arnold 18221888
290
Thomas Henry Huxley 18251895
299
I Know Where Im Going
302
Walter Bagehot 18261877
303
Christina Rossetti 18301894
306
Lewis Carroll 18321898
323
William Morris 18341896
331
Walter Pater 18391894
337
Thomas Hardy 18401928
341
Algernon Charles Swinburne 18371909
343
Gerard Manley Hopkins 18441889
348
W E Henley 18491903
351
The Major Generals Song
353
Robert Louis Stevenson 18501894
355
Oscar Wilde 18541900
360
Emmeline Pankhurst 18581928
387
A E Housman 18591936
392
David Lloyd George 18631945
395
Therell Always Be An England
399
Roger Casement 18641916
400
Rudyard Kipling 18651936
404
William Butler Yeats 18651939
410
G K Chesterton 18741936
415
Edward Thomas 18781917
421
E M Forster 18791970
424
Virginia Woolf 18821941
428
D H Lawrence 18851930
434
Rupert Brooke 18871915
437
Keep the Home Fires Burning
438
Wilfred Owen 18931918
445
George Orwell 19031950
448
W H Auden 19071973
456
Dylan Thomas 19141953
462
Phillip Larkin 19221985
464
Winston Churchill 18741965
466
Copyrights
475
Illustration Credits
477
Index
479
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Diane Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at the Steinhardt School of Education, New York University. One of America's pre-eminent historians of education, her books include Left Back, The Great School Wars, The Troubled Crusade, The Language Police, The American Reader, and The Democracy Reader. She was Assistant Secretary of Education in the first Bush administration and was appointed to a federal testing agency by President Clinton.
Michael Ravitch is a freelance critic and writer. His work has appeared in The New Republic, Yale Review, and other publications.

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