1. Once upon a time 2. What it is 3. When it began 4. The study of English 5. Periods and movements 6. Among the English Poets 7. Shakespeare and dramatic literature 8. Aspects of the English novel 9. The Englishness of English literature Further Reading
Jonathan Bate is Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at the University of Warwick. Among his many books are John Clare: A Biography (Farrar Straus Giroux), which won Britain's two oldest literary prizes, the Hawthomden and the James Tait Black, a best-selling book on Shakespeare for the general reader, The Genius of Shakespeare (Picador, UK and OUP, USA), and a major intellectual biography of Shakespeare in the cultural context of the Elizabethan Age (The Soul of the Age. He is also chief editor of The RSC Shakespeare: Complete Works (Macmillan UK/Random House Modern Library USA).
"While exploring towering works, Bate remins us that literature can also be terrific fun." - Christopher Hirst. The Independent