Longman Anthology of British Literature, Volume 1C, The: The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, 4th edition

  • David Damrosch
  • Kevin J. H. Dettmar
  • Stuart Sherman

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The Fourth Edition of The Longman Anthology of British Literature continues its tradition of presenting works in the historical context in which they were written.  This fresh approach includes writers from the British Isles, underrepresented female authors, Perspectivessectionsthatshed light on the period as a whole and link with immediately surrounding works to help illuminate a theme, “And Its Time” clusters that illuminate a specific cultural moment or a debate to which an author is responding, and “Responses” in which later authors respond to one or more texts from earlier works. 

Table of contents

*** denotes selection is new to this edition.




SAMUEL PEPYS                                                                                     

The Diary  

[First Entries]  

[The Coronation of Charles II]  

[The Plague Year]  

[The Fire of London]  

Pepys’s Diary and Its Time

John Evelyn   from Kalendarium  


Robert Louis Stevenson: from Samuel Pepys  



Thomas Sprat  

from The History of the Royal Society of London  

Philosophical Transactions  

from Philosophical Transactions  

Robert Hooke  

from Micrographia  

John Aubrey  

from Brief Lives  



Poems and Fancies  

The Poetress’s Hasty Resolution  

The Poetress’s Petition  

An Apology for Writing So Much upon This Book  

The Hunting of the Hare  

from A True Relation of My Birth, Breeding, and Life  

Observations upon Experimental Philosophy  

Of Micrography, and of Magnifying and Multiplying Glasses  

The Description of a New Blazing World  

from To the Reader  

[Creating Worlds]  

[Empress, Duchess, Duke]  



JOHN DRYDEN                                                                                      

Absalom and Achitophel: A Poem  

Mac Flecknoe  

To the Memory of Mr. Oldham  

Alexander’s Feast  

Fables Ancient and Modern  

from Preface  

The Secular Masque  


APHRA BEHN                                                                                        

The Disappointment  

To Lysander, on Some Verses He Writ  

To Lysander at the Music-Meeting  

A Letter to Mr. Creech at Oxford  

To the Fair Clarinda, Who Made Love to Me, Imagined More than  Woman  



Thomas Southerne: from Oroonoko: A Tragedy  



Mary, Lady Chudleigh  

To the Ladies  

To Almystrea  

Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea  

The Introduction  

Friendship Between Ephelia and Ardelia  

A Nocturnal Reverie  

A Ballad to Mrs. Catherine Fleming in London from Malshanger Farm in Hampshire

Mary Leapor  

The Headache. To Aurelia  

Mira To Octavia  

An Epistle to Artemisia. On Fame  

Advice to Sophronia  

The Epistle of Deborah Dough  


JOHN WILMOT, EART OF ROCHESTER                                              

Against Constancy  

The Disabled Debauchee  

Song (“Love a woman? You’re an ass!”)  

The Imperfect Enjoyment  

Upon Nothing  

A Satyr Against Reason and Mankind  


WILLIAM WYCHERLEY                                                                       

The Country Wife  


MARY ASTELL                                                                                      

from Some Reflections upon Marriage  


DANIEL DEFOE                                                                                     

A True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal  

A Journal of the Plague Year  

[At the Burial Pit]  

[Encounter with a Waterman]  



News and Comment  

from Mercurius Publicus [Anniversary of the Regicide]  

from The London Gazette [The Fire of London]  

from The Daily Courant No. 1 [Editorial Policy]  

Daniel Defoe: from A Review of the State of the British  Nation, Vol. 4, No. 21 [The New Union]  

Periodical Personae  

Richard Steele: from Tatler No. 1 [Introducing Mr. Bickerstaff]  

Joseph Addison: from Spectator No. 1 [Introducing Mr. Spectator]  

from Female Spectator, Vol. 1, No. 1 [The Author’s Intent]  

Richard Steele: from Tatler No. 18 [The News Writers in Danger]  

Joseph Addison: from Tatler No. 155 [The Political Upholsterer]  

Joseph Addison: from Spectator No. 10 [The Spectator and Its Readers]  

Getting, Spending, Speculating  

Joseph Addison: Spectator No. 69 [Royal Exchange]  

Richard Steele: Spectator No. 11 [Inkle and Yarico]  

Daniel Defoe: from A Review of the State of the British Nation, Vol. 1, No. 43 [Weak Foundations]  

Advertisements from the Spectator  


JONATHAN SWIFT                                                                                

A Description of the Morning  

A Description of a City Shower  

Stella’s Birthday, 1719  

Stella’s Birthday, 1727  

The Lady’s Dressing Room  


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu: The Reasons that induced Dr. S. to write a Poem called The Lady’s Dressing Room  

Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift, D.S.P.D.  

Journal to Stella  

from Letter 10  

Gulliver’s Travels  

from Part 3. A Voyage to Laputa  

Part 4. A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms  

“Gulliver’s Travels” and Its Time  

from Letters on Gulliver’s Travels  Jonathan Swift to Alexander  Pope  • Alexander Pope to Jonathan Swift  • John Gay to Jonathan Swift  • Jonathan Swift to Alexander Pope  • “The Prince of Lilliput” to Stella  

A Modest Proposal  

“A Modest Proposal” and Its Time  

William Petty  from Political Arithmetic  


ALEXANDER POPE                                                                               

An Essay on Criticism  


The Rape of the Lock  

The Iliad  

from Book 12 [Sarpedon’s Speech]  

Eloisa to Abelard  

from An Essay on Man  

Epistle 1  

To the Reader  

The Design  


An Epistle from Mr. Pope, to Dr. Arbuthnot  

An Epistle To a Lady: Of the Characters of Women  

Epistle 2. To a Lady: Of the Characters of Women  


Mary Leapor: An Essay on Woman  

from The Dunciad  

from Book the Fourth  

[The Goddess Coming in Her Majesty]  

[The Geniuses of the Schools]  

[Young Gentlemen Returned from Travel]  

[The Minute Philosophers and the Consummation of All]  


LADY MARY WORTLEY MONTAGU                                                  

from The Turkish Embassy Letters  

To Lady–[On the Turkish Baths]  

To Lady Mar [On Turkish Dress]  

Letter to Lady Bute [On Her Granddaughter]  

Epistle from Mrs. Yonge to Her Husband  

The Lover: A Ballad  


JOHN GAY                                                                                             

The Beggar’s Opera  


WILLIAM HOGARTH                                                                            

A Rake’s Progress  



Isaac Newton  

from Letter to Richard Bentley  

John Locke  

from An Essay Concerning Human Understanding  

Isaac Watts  

A Prospect of Heaven Makes Death Easy  

The Hurry of the Spirits, in a Fever and Nervous Disorders  

Against Idleness and Mischief  

Man Frail, and God Eternal  

Miracles Attending Israel’s Journey  

Joseph Addison  

Spectator No. 465  

George Berkeley  

from Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous  

David Hume  

from A Treatise of Human Nature  

from An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding  

Christopher Smart  

from Jubilate Agno  

William Cowper  

Light Shining out of Darkness  

from The Task  

The Cast-away  


JAMES THOMSON                                                                                 

from Winter. A Poem  

[Autumn Evening and Night]  

[Winter Night]  

from The Seasons  

from Autumn  

Rule, Britannia  

“The Seasons” and Its Time

Poems of Nightfall and Night  

Edward Young  from The Complaint  

William Collins  Ode to Evening  • Ode Occasioned by the Death of Mr. Thomson  

William Cowper  from The Task  


THOMAS GRAY                                                                                     

Sonnet on the Death of Mr. Richard West  

Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College  

Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat, Drowned in a  Tub of Gold Fishes  

Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard  


SAMUEL JOHNSON                                                                               

The Vanity of Human Wishes  

A Short Song of Congratulation  

On the Death of Dr. Robert Levet  

The Rambler  

No. 4 [On Fiction]  

No. 5 [On Spring]  

No. 60 [On Biography]  

No. 170 [On Misella, a Prostitute]  

No. 171 [Misella Continues]  

No. 207 [Beginnings, Middles, and Ends]  

The Idler  

No. 31 [On Idleness]  

No. 32 [On Sleep]  

No. 84 [On Autobiography]  

No. 97 [On Travel Writing]  

A Dictionary of the English Language  

from Preface  

[Some Entries]  

from The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia  

Chapter 8. The History of Imlac  

Chapter 9. The History of Imlac Continued  

Chapter 10. Imlac’s History Continued. A Dissertation upon Poetry  

Chapter 11. Imlac’s Narrative Continued. A Hint on Pilgrimage  

Chapter 12. The Story of Imlac Continued  

from The Plays of William Shakespeare  


[“Just Representations of General Nature”]  

[Faults; The Unities]  

[Selected Notes on Othello]  

Lives of the Poets  

from The Life of Milton  

from The Life of Pope  


To Lord Chesterfield (7 February 1755)  

To Hester Thrale (19 June 1783)  

To Hester Thrale Piozzi (2 July 1784)  

To Hester Thrale Piozzi (8 July 1784)  


JAMES BOSWELL                                                                                  

from London Journal  

[A Scot in London]  


[First Meeting with Johnson]  

An Account of My Last Interview with David Hume, Esq.  

from The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.  

[Introduction; Boswell’s Method]  

[Conversations about Hume]  

[Dinner with Wilkes]  

[Conversations at Streatham and the Club]  


OLIVER GOLDSMITH                                                                           

The Deserted Village  


George Crabbe: from The Village  

George Crabbe: from The Parish Register  



Daniel Defoe  

from The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe  

Eliza Haywood  

Fantomina: Or, Love in a Maze  

Samuel Richardson  

from Clarissa. Or, The History of a Young Lady  

from The History of Sir Charles Grandison, Baronet  

Henry Fielding  

from An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews  

Laurence Sterne  

from The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman  

Frances Burney  

from The Early Journals  

from Evelina; or, the History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World Evelina to the Reverend Mr. Villars  

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