A Brief History of English and American Literature

Henry A. BEERS (1847 - 1926)

Henry Augustin Beers, native of Buffalo, NY and professor of English at Yale, with the help of John Fletcher Hurst (1834-1903), Methodist bishop and first Chancellor of American University, has written a sweeping thousand 900 year history of English literature, up to the end of the 19th century. Although at times biased and sometimes misguided (as when he dismisses Mark Twain as a humorist noteworthy in his time but not for the ages), his research is sound and his criticism is interesting and quite often very balanced. In addition, the last chapter of each part is Hurst's synopsis of religious and theological literature in the language. This book is interesting for its point of view, but also useful as a jumping-off point for those interested in reading the classics. (Summary by Kalynda)

Genre(s): History , Literary Criticism

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Introduction, Preface Kalynda
00:07:59
Play 01 Part 1, Chapter I - From the Conquest to Chaucer, 1066-1400 Kalynda
00:47:04
Play 02 Part 1, Chapter II - From Chaucer to Spenser, 1400-1599 Kalynda
00:47:39
Play 03 Part 1, Chapter III - The Age of Shakspere, 1564-1616 Kalynda
01:09:40
Play 04 Part 1, Chapter IV - The Age of Milton, 1608-1674 Kalynda
00:53:12
Play 05 Part 1, Chapter V - From the Restoration to the Death of Pope, 1660-1744 Kalynda
00:45:02
Play 06 Part 1, Chapter VI - From the Death of Pope to the French Revolution, 1744-1789 Kalynda
00:43:17
Play 07 Part 1, Chapter VII - From the French Revolution to the Death of Scott, 1789-1832 Kalynda
01:04:07
Play 08 Part 1, Chapter VIII - From the Death of Scott to the Present Time, 1832-1886 Kalynda
00:49:47
Play 09 Part 1, Chapter IX - Theological and Religious Literature in Great Britain Kalynda
00:26:15
Play 10 Part 2, Preface & Chapter I - The Colonial Period, 1607-1765 Kalynda
01:04:11
Play 11 Part 2, Chapter II - The Revolutionary Period, 1765-1815 Kalynda
00:48:54
Play 12 Part 2, Chapter III - The Era of National Expansion, 1815-1837 Kalynda
00:47:31
Play 13 Part 2, Chapter IV - The Concord Writers, 1837-1861 Kalynda
00:54:25
Play 14 Part 2, Chapter V - The Cambridge Scholars, 1837-1861 Kalynda
00:54:50
Play 15 Part 2, Chapter VI - Literature in the Cities, 1837-1861 Kalynda
00:56:53
Play 16 Part 2, Chapter VII - Literature since 1861 Kalynda
00:58:17
Play 17 Part 2, Chapter VIII - Theological and Religious Literature in America Kalynda
00:25:46