The Broadview Anthology of British Literature Volume 6A: The Twentieth Century and Beyond: From 1900 to Mid Century
  • Publication Date: May 22, 2008
  • ISBN: 9781551119236 / 1551119234
  • 756 pages; 7¾" x 9⅜"

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The Broadview Anthology of British Literature Volume 6A: The Twentieth Century and Beyond: From 1900 to Mid Century

  • Publication Date: May 22, 2008
  • ISBN: 9781551119236 / 1551119234
  • 756 pages; 7¾" x 9⅜"

In all six of its volumes The Broadview Anthology of British Literature presents British literature in a truly distinctive light. Fully grounded in sound literary and historical scholarship, the anthology takes a fresh approach to many canonical authors, and includes a wide selection of work by lesser-known writers. The anthology also provides wide-ranging coverage of the worldwide connections of British literature, and it pays attention throughout to issues of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation. It includes comprehensive introductions to each period, providing in each case an overview of the historical and cultural as well as the literary background. It features accessible and engaging headnotes for all authors, extensive explanatory annotations throughout, and an unparalleled number of illustrations and contextual materials, offering additional perspectives both on individual texts and on larger social and cultural developments. Innovative, authoritative, and comprehensive, The Broadview Anthology of British Literature embodies a consistently fresh approach to the study of literature and literary history.

The full Broadview Anthology of British Literature comprises six bound volumes, together with an extensive website component; the latter has been edited, annotated, and designed according to the same high standards as the bound book component of the anthology, and is accessible through the website by using the passcode obtained with the purchase of one or more of the bound volumes.

Highlights of Volume 6: The Twentieth Century and Beyond include: Joseph Conrad’s “The Secret Sharer,” “An Outpost of Progress,” an essay on the Titanic, and a substantial range of background materials, including documents on the exploitation of central Africa that set “An Outpost of Progress” in vivid context; and a large selection of late twentieth and early twenty-first century writers such as Ian McEwan, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Zadie Smith.

For the convenience of those whose focus does not extend to the full period covered in the final volume of The Broadview Anthology of British Literature (Volume 6: The Twentieth Century and Beyond), that volume is now available either in its original one-volume format or in this alternative two-volume format, with Volume 6a (The Early Twentieth Century) extending to the end of WWII, and Volume 6b (The Late Twentieth Century and Beyond) covering from WWII into the present century.


Praise for The Twentieth Century and Beyond:

“[The Twentieth Century and Beyond] is better [than the competition] on cultural and social contexts, in its introductions, in its number and quality of images and in the choices of texts beyond the classic ones. … Overall, the Broadview Anthology is an immensely attractive one—adventurous and very wide ranging.” — Enda Duffy, University of California, Santa Barbara

Comments on The Broadview Anthology of British Literature:

“ … sets a new standard by which all other anthologies of British Literature will now have to be measured.” — Graham Hammill, SUNY Buffalo

“With the publication of the Broadview Anthology of British Literature, teachers and students in survey and upper-level undergraduate courses have a compelling alternative to the established anthologies by Norton and Longman. … This is a very real intellectual, as well as pedagogical, achievement.” — Nicholas Watson, Harvard University

“ … an excellent anthology. Good selections for my purposes (including some nice surprises), just the right level of annotation, affordable—and a hit with my students. I will definitely use it again.” — Ira Nadel, University of British Columbia

“After twenty years of teaching British literature from the Norton anthologies, I’m ready to switch to the Broadview. The introductions to each period are key to teaching a survey course, and those in the Broadview seem to me to be both more accessible to students and more detailed in their portraits of each era than are those of the Norton. And Broadview’s selection of authors and texts includes everything I like to teach from the Norton, plus a good deal else that’s of real interest.” — Neil R. Davison, Oregon State University

“Norton’s intros are good; Broadview’s are better, with greater clarity and comprehension, as well as emphasis upon how the language and literature develop, both reacting or responding to and influencing or modifying the cultural, religious/philosophical, political, and socio-economic developments of Britain. The historian and the linguist in me thoroughly enjoyed the flow and word-craftsmanship. If you have not considered the anthology for your courses, I recommend that you do so.” — Robert J. Schmidt, Tarrant County College



    • The Edwardian Period
      The World Wars
      Marx, Einstein, Freud, and Modernism
      The Place of Women
      Avant-Garde and Mass Culture
      Sexual Orientation
      Ideology and Economics in the 1930s and 1940s
      The Literature of the 1930s and 1940s
      Literature and Empire
      The English Language in the Early Twentieth Century
    • Hap
      Neutral Tones
      The Darkling Thrush
      The Ruined Maid
      A Broken Appointment
      Shut Out That Moon
      The Convergence of the Twain
      Channel Firing
      The Voice
      In Time of “The Breaking of Nations”
      The Photograph
      During Wind and Rain
      The Oxen
      Going and Staying
      IN CONTEXT: Hardy’s Reflections on the Writing of Poetry
    • Loveliest of Trees
      To an Athlete Dying Young
      Terence, This Is Stupid Stuff
      The Chestnut Casts His Flambeaux
      Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries
    • Tears
      The Owl
    • They
      Glory of Women
      Everyone Sang
      from Memoirs of an Infantry Officer
    • Break of Day in the Trenches
      Dead Man’s Dump
      Louse Hunting
      Returning, We Hear the Larks
    • Arms and the Boy
      Dulce et Decorum Est
      Anthem for Doomed Youth
      Strange Meeting
      • To Susan Owen (7 January 1917)
        To Susan Owen (10 January 1917)
        To Susan Owen (16 January 1917)
        To Colin Owen (2 March 1917)
        To Susan Owen ([?16] May 1917)
        To Susan Owen (18 May 1917)
        To Susan Owen (23 May 1917)
        To Susan Owen (22 August 1917)
        To Tom Owen (26 August 1917)
        To Mary Owen (29 August 1917)
        To Susan Owen (4 [or 6] October 1918)
        To Susan Owen (8 October 1918)
        To Susan Owen (29 October 1918)
        To Susan Owen (31 October 1918)
    • from Anonymous, “Introduction” to Songs and Sonnets for England in War Time
      “In Flanders Fields”: The Poem and Some Responses
      • John McCrae, “In Flanders Fields”
        John Mitchell, “Reply to ‘In Flanders Fields’”
        J.A. Armstrong, “Another Reply to ‘In Flanders Fields’”
        Elizabeth Daryush, “Flanders Fields”
    • Anonymous, “I Learned to Wash in Shell-Holes”
      J.P. Long and Maurice Scott, “Oh! It’s a Lovely War”
      from Rebecca West, “The Cordite Makers”
      from Francis Marion Beynon, Aleta Day
      • from Chapter 24: War
    • Ivor Gurney, “To His Love”
      Vance Palmer, “The Farmer Remembers the Somme”
      from Robert Graves, Good-Bye to All That
      • from Chapter 17
    • from May Wedderburn Cannan, Grey Ghosts and Voices
      from “Proceedings” of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee of Soviets of Workers’, Soldiers’, and Peasants’ Deputies
    • The Lake Isle of Innisfree
      When You Are Old
      Who Goes with Fergus?
      Adam’s Curse
      No Second Troy
      Easter 1916
      The Wild Swans at Coole
      In Memory of Major Robert Gregory
      Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen
      A Prayer for My Daughter
      An Irish Airman Foresees His Death
      The Second Coming
      Meditations in Time of Civil War
      Leda and the Swan
      Among School Children
      Sailing to Byzantium
      The Tower
      A Dialogue of Self and Soul
      For Anne Gregory
      Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop
      Lapis Lazuli
      The Circus Animals’ Desertion
      Under Ben Bulben
      IN CONTEXT: Yeats on Poetic Inspiration
      • from “The Symbolism of Poetry”
        from “Four Years”
        from “Introduction” to A Vision
    • IN CONTEXT: The Struggle for Irish Independence
      • Poblacht na h-Eireann: Proclamation of the Irish Republic
        Pádraic Pearse, “Statement”
    • About Punctuation
      Journey to Paradise
      “Foreword” to Pilgrimage
    • Honeysuckle Cottage
    • Monday or Tuesday
      • A Haunted House
      • A Society
      • Monday or Tuesday
      • An Unwritten Novel
      • The String Quartet
      • Blue & Green
      • Kew Gardens
      • The Mark on the Wall
    • Mrs. Dalloway in Bond Street
    • from “On Re-reading Novels”
    • from “How It Strikes a Contemporary”
    • Modern Fiction
    • from A Room of One’s Own
      • Chapter 1
      • Chapter 2
      • Chapter 3
    • from “A Sketch of the Past”
    • In Context: Woolf and Bloomsbury
    • In Context: Woolf as Writer
      • from Virgina Woolf, A Writer’s Diary
      • from E.M. Forster, “Review of ‘Kew Gardens’”
      • from unsigned “Review of ‘Kew Gardens’”
      • from W.L. Courtney, “Review of Jacob’s Room”
    • from Edward Carpenter, Love’s Coming of Age
      • “The Intermediate Sex”
    • from Havelock Ellis, Sexual Inversion
      • from Chapter 3: Sexual Inversion in Men
        from Chapter 4: Sexual Inversion in Women
        from Chapter 5: The Nature of Sexual Inversion
    • from Grant Allen, “Woman’s Place in Nature”
      from Cicely Hamilton, Marriage as a Trade
      Female Suffrage
      • Anonymous, [“There Was a Small Woman Called G”]
        from Emmeline Pankhurst, My Own Story
    • from Marie Stopes, Married Love
      from Virginia Woolf, Orlando
      from George Orwell, “Boys’ Weeklies”
      from Frank Richard, “Frank Richard Replies to George Orwell”
      from Robert Roberts, The Classic Slum
      from E.M. Forster, “Terminal Note” to Maurice
      from Virginia Woolf, “Old Bloomsbury”
    • Tortoise Shout
      Bavarian Gentians
      The Prussian Officer
      Odour of Chrysanthemums
      The Hopi Snake Dance
      Why the Novel Matters
    • from George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier
      from “A Debate Between G.B. Shaw and G.K. Chesterton, Chaired by Hilaire Belloc”

    • from Robert Roberts, The Classic Slum
  • T.S. ELIOT
    • The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
      Burbank with a Baedeker: Bleistein with a Cigar
      The Waste Land
      Journey of the Magi
      Burnt Norton
      Tradition and the Individual Talent
      The Metaphysical Poets
      IN CONTEXT: T.S. Eliot and Anti-Semitism
    • from Jules Huret, “Interview with Stephane Mallarmé,” L’Echo de Paris
      Imagist and Futurist Poetry: A Sampling
      • T.E. Hulme
        • Autumn
      • Ezra Pound
        • In a Station of the Metro
          L’Art, 1910
      • H.D.
        • Oread
          The Pool
      • Mina Loy
        • from “Three Moments in Paris”
          • 1. One O’Clock at Night.
        • from “Love Songs”
    • Imagism and Vorticism
      • from F.S. Flint, “Imagisme,” Poetry Magazine
        from Ezra Pound, “A Few Don’ts by an Imagiste,” Poetry
        from Ezra Pound, “Vorticism,” Gaudier-Brzeska
    • from Virginia Woolf, “Character in Fiction”
    • Reactions to the Poems of T.S. Eliot
      • from Arthur Waugh, “The New Poetry,” Quarterly Review
        from Ezra Pound, “Drunken Helots and Mr. Eliot,” The Egoist
        from unsigned “Review,” Literary World
        from unsigned “Review,” New Statesman
        from Conrad Aiken, “Diverse Realists,” Dial
        from May Sinclair, “Prufrock and Other Observations: A Criticism,”
        Little Review
        from “Review of the First Issue of The Criterion,” The Times Literary

        from Gilbert Seldes, “Review,” The Nation
        from I.A. Richards, Principles of Literary Criticism
        from Douglas LePan, “Personality of the Poet: Some Recollections of
        T.S. Eliot”
    • Let Them Call It Jazz
    • The Cool Web
      Down, Wanton, Down!
      Recalling War
    • from Jamaica: The Negro Island
      from The White Man’s Duty
      • from “Preface”
    • Mother, Among the Dustbins
      The River God
      Not Waving but Drowning
      The New Age
      Away, Melancholy
      The Blue from Heaven
    • from Homage to Catalonia
      Politics and the English Language
      Shooting an Elephant
      IN CONTEXT: Elephants in Asia
    • Whoroscope
      from Texts for Nothing
      The Calmative
      Imagination Dead Imagine
      Krapp’s Last Tape
  • W.H. AUDEN
    • [O what is that sound]
      [At last the secret is out]
      [Funeral Blues]
      Spain 1937
      [As I walked out one evening]
      Musée des Beaux Arts
      In Memory of W.B. Yeats
      September 1, 1939
      from The Sea and the Mirror [Song of the Master and Boatswain]
      The Shield of Achilles
      “The Truest Poetry Is the Most Feigning”
      IN CONTEXT: Auden on the Nature and Craft of Poetry
      • from Writing
    • Winston Churchill, Speeches to the House of Commons
      • from “Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat” (13 May 1940)
        from “We Shall Fight on the Beaches” (4 June 1940)
        from “Their Finest Hour” (18 June 1940)
    • from Harold Nicholson, The War Years: 1939–1945
      from Charles Ritchie, The Siren Years
      Ross Parker and Hughie Charles, “We’ll Meet Again”
      Nat Burton and Walter Kent, “The White Cliffs of Dover”
      Anonymous, Fucking Tobruk (
      from John Lehmann, “Foreword” to The Penguin New Writing
      David Campbell, “Men in Green”
      Keith Douglas, “Vergissmeinnicht”
      from Henry Reed, Lessons of War
      • 1. Naming of Parts
    • Douglas LePan
      • “Below Monte Cassino”
        “The Haystack”
    • Life at Home
      Anti-Semitism and World War II
      • from Ezra Pound, “Speech to the English”
        from George Orwell, “Anti-Semitism in Britain”
        from Rebecca West, “Greenhouse with Cyclamens”
        from George Bernard Shaw, “The Unavoidable Subject”


Reading Poetry


Monarchs and Prime Ministers of Great Britain

Glossary of Terms

Texts and Contexts: Chronological Chart (

Bibliography (

Permissions Acknowledgements

Index of First Lines

Index of Authors and Titles

Our Editorial Team:

Joseph Black, University of Massachusetts
Leonard Conolly, Trent University
Kate Flint, University of Southern California
Isobel Grundy, University of Alberta
Wendy Lee, New York University
Don LePan, Broadview Press
Roy Liuzza, University of Tennessee
Jerome J. McGann, University of Virginia
Anne Lake Prescott, Barnard College
Barry V. Qualls, Rutgers University
Jason Rudy, University of Maryland
Claire Waters, University of California, Davis

The Broadview Anthology of British Literature companion sites include content for both instructors and students.

The Online Resources Site for both students and instructors features close to 200 interactive review questions; over 500 online readings across all volumes of the anthology; details on British currency; chronological charts; bibliographies; an audio library with 37 samples ranging from Old English to the early 20th Century; and more. An access code to the website is included with all new copies. If you purchased a used copy or are missing your passcode for this site, please click here to purchase a code online.

A separate instructor site features background material, over 200 discussion questions, and “Approaches to Teaching” for key works and authors in the anthology; it also offers a list of anthology contents by theme and region. An access code to the website is included with all examination copies.


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Features of The Broadview Anthology of British Literature

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  • • Substantial coverage of the worldwide connections of British literature
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  • • Fuller range of contextual materials than any competing anthology
  • • Substantial online resources
    • • An instructor’s guide that features background material, discussion questions, and “Approaches to Teaching” for key works and authors in the anthology
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