Longman Anthology of British Literature, Volume 2C, The: The Twentieth Century

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  • Copyright: 2003-01-01
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Volume 2C: The 20th Century of The Longman Anthology of British Literature is a comprehensive and thoughtfully arranged anthology that offers a rich selection of major British authors throughout the 20th Century. The anthology includes Perspectives and Companion Readings, which show how major literary writings interrelate with and respond to various social, historical, and cultural events of Great Britain in the 20th Century. With a generous representation of fiction, drama, and poetry, the second edition includes major additions of important works and an expanded illustration program. Fresh and up-to-date introductions and notes are written by an editorial team whose members are all actively engaged in teaching and in current scholarship, and illustrations show both artistic and cultural developments of the period. For those interested in British Literature of the Twentieth Century.

Table of Contents


Joseph Conrad.

Preface to The Nigger of the “Narcissus” .
Heart of Darkness.

Companion Readings.
From The Congo Diary, Joseph Conrad.
From Address to the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Sir Henry Morton Stanley.
We Live As We Dream, Alone, Gang of Four.

Bernard Shaw.


To Francis Collison (20 August 1903).
To The Times (30 October 1906).

Thomas Hardy.

Neutral Tones.
Wessex Heights.
The Darkling Thrush.
On the Departure Platform.
The Convergence of the Twain.
At Castle Boterel.
Channel Firing.
In Time of “The Breaking of Nations” .
I Looked Up from My Writing.
“And There Was a Great Calm” .
Logs on the Hearth.
The Photograph.
The Fallow Deer at the Lonely House.

Perspectives: The Great War: Confronting the Modern.


Vorticist Manifesto.

Rupert Brooke.

The Great Lover.
The Soldier.

Sigfried Sassoon.

Glory of Women.
The Rear Guard.
Everyone Sang.

Wilfred Owen.

Anthem for Doomed Youth.
Strange Meeting.
Dulce et Decorum Est.

Isaac Rosenberg.

Break of Day in the Trenches.
Dead Man's Dump.

David Jones.

From In Parenthesis.

Robert Graves.

From Goodbye to All That.

Speeches on Irish Independence.
Charles Stuart Parnell.

Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

Padraic Perse.
Michael Collins.

William Butler Yeats.

The Lake Isle of Innisfree.
Who Goes with Fergus?
No Second Troy.
The Fascination of What's Difficult.
September 1913.
The Wild Swans at Coole.
An Irish Airman Foresees His Death.
Easter 1916.
The Second Coming.
Prayer for My Daughter.
Sailing to Byzantium.
Meditations in Time of Civil War.
Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen.
Leda and the Swan.
Among School Children.
Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop.
Lapis Lazuli.
The Circus Animals' Desertion.
Under Ben Bulben.

James Joyce.

The Dead.
Finnegans Wake, and a First Draft Version of Finnegan's Wake.

T. S. Eliot.

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.

Companion Readings.
Cleverness and the New Poetry, Arthur Waugh.
Drunken Helots and Mr. Eliot, Ezra Pound.
The Waste Land.
Journey of the Magi.
Four Quartets.
Tradition and the Individual Talent.

Virginia Woolf.

Lady in the Looking-Glass: A Reflection.
From A Room of One's Own.
From Three Guineas.
From The Diaries.
From Letter to Gerald Brenan (25 December 1922).
Mrs. Dalloway.

Perspectives: Regendering Modernism.

Virginia Woolf.

From Orlando.

Vita Sackville-West.

Seducers in Ecuador.

E. M. Forster.

The Life to Come.

Rebecca West.

Indissoluble Matrimony.

Katherine Mansfield.

The Daughters of the Late Colonel.

Jean Rhys.


Angela Carter.

Penetrating to the Heart of the Forest.

D. H. Lawrence.

Song of a Man Who Has Come Through.
Tortoise Shout.
Bavarian Gentians.
The Horse Dealer's Daughter.
Odor of Chrysanthemums.
Surgery for the Novel—or a Bomb.

Graham Greene.

A Chance for Mr. Lever.

Perspectives: World War II and the End of Empire.

Sir Winston Churchill.

Two Speeches Before the House of Commons.

Stephen Spender.

What I Expected.
The Express.
The Pylons.

Elizabeth Bowen.

Mysterious Kôr.

Evelyn Waugh.

The Man Who Liked Dickens.

Companion Reading.
Travel Agent, Monty Python.

George Orwell.

Politics and the English Language.
Shooting an Elephant.

Salman Rushdie.

Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella of Spain Consummate Their Relationship.

Dylan Thomas.

The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower.
Fern Hill.
Poem in October.
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.
Return Journey.

Samuel Beckett.

Krapp's Last Tape.
Texts for Nothing.
The Expelled.

Post-War Poets: English Voices.

W. H. Auden.

Musée des Beaux Arts.
In Memory of W. B. Yeats.
Spain 1937.
September 1, 1939.
In Praise of Limestone.

Stevie Smith.

Not Waving But Drowning.
How Cruel Is the Story of Eve.
The New Age.

Philip Larkin.

Church Going.
High Windows.
Talking in Bed.

Sylvia Plath.

The Colossus.
Lady Lazarus.

Ted Hughes.

Dust as We Are.
Leaf Mould.
Telegraph Wires.

Thom Gunn.

Lines from a Book.
Elvis Presley.
A Map of the City.
Black Jackets.
From the Wave.
The Hug.
Patch Work.
The Missing.

V. S. Naipaul.

In a Free State.

Caryl Churchill.

Cloud 9.

Perspectives: Whose Language?

Seamus Heaney.

The Toome Road.
A Postcard from North Antrium.
The Singer's House.
The Skunk.
Station Island.
In Memoriam Francis Ledwidge.

Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill.

Feeding a Child.
Labasheedy (The Silken Bed).
As for the Quince.
Why I Choose to Write in Irish, the Corpse That Sits Up and Talks Back.

Ngugi Wa Thiongo.

The Language of African Literature.

Nadine Gordimer.

What Were you Dreaming?

James Kelman.

Home for a Couple of Days.

Eavan Boland.

The Journey.
The Pomegranate.
A Woman Painted on a Leaf.
Mise Eire.

Paul Muldoon.

Meeting the British.
Sleeve Notes.

Derek Walcott.

A Far Cry from Africa.
The Fortunate Traveller.

Political and Religious Orders.

Money, Weights, and Measures.

Literary and Cultural Terms.




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