1st Edition

A History of Western Literature From Medieval Epic to Modern Poetry

By J.M. Cohen Copyright 1963
    382 Pages
    by Routledge

    381 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book begins in a narrow territory, strictly Western, and extends with the passage of time to include the poetry, plays, novels, and works of speculation of the great authors of the past and present, from Russia to Mexico. His objective is to tell the whole story of Western writing in languages other than English from the twelfth-century Chanson de Roland to Evtushenko's poetry of the 1960's.Cohen not only presents a factual account of historical growth. The book reflects the author's own judgments and valuations, arrived at in the course of almost forty years' reading in the main European languages. A work of original criticism, "A History of Western Literature" immediately became a standard reference when first published. In this new edition, the author has included revisions covering the most important recent writers and their work.

    1: Epic Tales and Romances of Adventure; 2: The Theme of Courtly Love; 3: The Rebirth of Italy; 4: Mysticism, Mannerism, and Popular Poetry; 5: The Birth of the Drama; 6: The Later Italian Renaissance; 7: Reformation in Germany and Renaissance in France; 8: The Great Age of Spain and Portugal; 9: Italian Epic, Spanish Drama, and German Poetry; 10: The Great Age of France; 11: The Early Novel, The Reign of Reason, and The Birth of Sensibility; 12: Italian Revival and the Age of Goethe; 13: The Romantics; 14: The Novel in its Prime; 15: Poetry After the Romantics; 16: The Great Scandinavians and the Modern Theatre; 17: Novel Loses Focus, and a Hope for Poetry


    G. Mitchell