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1000 Years of English Literature (paperback)

Published Date:
May 2012
The British Library
Bibliographic Details:
Paperback, 224 pages, 256 x 192mm, 200 colour illustrations
Chris Fletcher
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From the 10th-century manuscript of Beowulf to the work of such 20th-century authors as T.S. Eliot, Ted Hughes and Angela Carter, this beautifully illustrated book presents a panorama of more than 1000 years of literature in English through original manuscripts from the British Library’s unparalleled collections.

Presented chronologically, the book describes the life and work of over 100 of the best-loved British writers, and reproduces manuscripts in their own hand. It includes such masterpieces of literature as Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast and Laurie Lee’s Cider with Rosie. Whether written on parchment, vellum or paper, whether poems, short stories, notebooks, novels or diaries, these documents provide a unique record of the process of composition. Large-format colour reproductions offer fascinating insights into the world of the writer at work and often reveal major amendments and corrections carried out during the course of writing. Chris Fletcher’s engaging text explains the significance of each writer and the contribution the original manuscripts make to our understanding of the author and their work.

This is an updated and revised edition.

About the author

About the author
Chris Fletcher is Keeper of Special Collections at the Bodleian Library and was formerly Curator of Literary Manuscripts at the British Library. His previous publications include Joseph Conrad in the British Library Writers’ Lives series.

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