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Title: THE OXFORD BOOK OF ENGLISH LOVE STORIES
By: John Sutherland (Editor)
Format: Hardback

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ISBN 10: 0192142372
ISBN 13: 9780192142375
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Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Pub. date: 8 February, 1996
Pages: 464
Description: An anthology of 28 love stories, from the 17th century to the present day, presenting a panorama of views about love in the context of the changing attitudes of English society, including authors such as Anthony Trollope, Somerset Maugham, D.H. Lawrence, and Adam Mars-Jones.
Synopsis: Love, so the song goes, is a many-splendoured thing, and fiction has been trying for years both to promote and subvert the cliches it encourages. We turn to literature to learn what love is and what it should be, and readers of this collection will find consolation and inspiration in equal measure from some of the sharpest observers of this most essential human emotion. In tracing the lineaments of 'English love' through the fiction of 200 years we can see something of its infinite variety and of the shifting rules of the game. Sylvia Plath seems closer to Aphra Behn than to Elizabeth Gaskell or even Thomas Hardy in her concept of feminine modesty, while violence, or sheer incomprehension, enter the definition in the worlds of D. H. Lawrence and Katherine Mansfield. Romantic love is at the heart of the 'love story' and these stories, while taking love as their subject, do not always follow the conventional route. Bittersweet endings, ironic angles on traditional platitudes and other surprises make the insights of writers such as Anne Ritchie, Somerset Maugham or V. S. Pritchett always fresh and challenging.Simple or sophisticated, sometimes comic and often very moving, these stories bring a delightful perspective to the mysteries of the English in love.
Publication: UK
Imprint: Oxford University Press
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