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Sociable Letters

The writings of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, are remarkable for their vivid depiction of the mores and mentality of seventeenth-century England. This edition includes all of Cavendish’s Sociable Letters (1664), a collection of writings that comments on a wide range of aspects of seventeenth-century society, such as war and peace, science and medicine, English…

The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World

First published in 1666, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle’s Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World is the first fictional portrayal of women and the new science. In Blazing World, Cavendish depicts her heroine, the Empress, in multiple roles. The Empress is leader of a dreamlike utopian world reachable through the North Pole,…

Grounds of Natural Philosophy

This edition aims to make Margaret Cavendish’s most mature philosophical work more accessible to students and scholars of the period. Grounds of Natural Philosophy is important not only because it is Cavendish’s final articulation of her metaphysics but also because it succinctly outlines her fundamental views on “the nature of nature”—or the base substance and…

Bell in Campo and The Sociable Companions

Written during the English Civil War and Interregnum when the public theatres were closed and Margaret Cavendish was living away from England in exile, Bell in Campo and The Sociable Companions are scathing satires that speak to the role of women’s agency amidst this cultural tumult. In Bell in Campo, a group of virtuous women…

Paper Bodies

Margaret Cavendish was one of the most subversive and entertaining writers of the seventeenth century. She invented new genres, challenged gender roles, and critiqued the new science as well as the mores of society. “Paper Bodies” was the wonderful phrase she used to described her manuscripts, which she hoped would continue to make “a great…

The Broadview Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Prose

The publication of The Broadview Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Verse and Prose is a literary event; this comprehensive volume is the first anthology of the period to reflect the breadth of seventeenth-century studies in recent decades. Over one hundred writers are included, from John Chamberlain at the beginning of the century to Elisabeth Singer Rowe at…

The Broadview Anthology of British Literature: Concise Volume A – Third Edition

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…

Restoration and 18th-Century Literature

RESTORATION AND 18TH-CENTURY LITERATURE *Paper Bodies: A Margaret Cavendish Reader (1660s) *Bell in Campo and The Sociable Companions (1662) Margaret Cavendish *Sociable Letters (1664) Margaret Cavendish The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World (1666) Margaret Cavendish Grounds of Natural Philosophy (1668) Margaret Cavendish The Rover, second edition (1677) Aphra Behn Oroonoko (1688)…

Ancient, Medieval, & Renaissance Literature

ANCIENT, MEDIEVAL, & RENAISSANCE LITERATURE The Odyssey: Selections (8th C BCE) HomerThe Apology and Related Dialogues (4th C BCE) PlatoThe Trojan Women(4th C BCE) EuripidesOld English Poetry: An Anthology (BABL Edition)*The Medieval Bestiary in English (10th-13th Century)Beowulf, second edition (c.1000)Beowulf, second edition. Facing Page Translation (c.1000)The Four Branches of The Mabinogi (c.1100)The History of the Kings…

Early Modern Philosophy

This new anthology of early modern philosophy enriches the possibilities for teaching this period by highlighting not only metaphysics and epistemology, but also new themes such as virtue, equality and difference, education, the passions, and love. It contains the works of forty-three philosophers, including traditionally taught figures such as Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume,…

The Broadview Anthology of British Literature Volume 2: The Renaissance and the Early Seventeenth Century – Third Edition

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 Broadview Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Verse

The publication of The Broadview Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Verse and Prose is a literary event; this comprehensive volume is the first anthology of the period to reflect the breadth of seventeenth-century studies in recent decades. Over one hundred writers are included, from John Chamberlain at the beginning of the century to Elisabeth Singer Rowe at…

Medieval to the 18th Century

ANCIENT, MEDIEVAL, & RENAISSANCE LITERATURE The Defense of Socrates and Related Dialogues (4th C BCE) Plato Old English Poetry: An Anthology (BABL Edition) Beowulf, second edition (c.1000) Beowulf, second edition. Facing Page Translation (c.1000) The Wooing of Our Lord (12th C) The Miracles of the Virgin (c. 1280-1500) The History of the Kings of Britain…

The Broadview Anthology of Poetry – Second Edition

Among the poets new to this edition are such leading names as Americans Robert Pinsky, Louise Erdrich and Louise Glück; Britons James Fenton and Carol Ann Duffy; and Canadians Anne Carson, Robert Bringhurst, and Christian Bök. A number of names who may be new to many readers of poetry are also included among them: Ohioan…

The Broadview Anthology of Poetry

“The purpose of The Broadview Anthology of Poetry is to present a wide range of poetry written in English. [Though the poems are arranged chronologically], we have compiled not a historical survey, but rather a collection of poems that represent a variety of times, places and English-speaking cultures. Our selection process was guided by a…

The Broadview Anthology of Expository Prose – Third Edition

The third edition of this anthology has been substantially revised and updated for a contemporary American audience; a selection of classic essays from earlier eras has been retained, but the emphasis is very much on twenty-first-century expository writing. Works of different lengths and levels of difficulty are represented, as are narrative, descriptive and persuasive essays—and,…

The Broadview Anthology of Expository Prose – Third Canadian Edition

The third Canadian edition of this anthology has been substantially revised and updated for a contemporary audience; a selection of classic essays from earlier eras has been retained, but the emphasis is very much on twenty-first-century expository writing. There is also a focus on issues of great importance in twenty-first-century Canada, such as climate change,…

The Adventures of Rivella

Delarivier Manley is increasingly coming to the fore as a prominent figure in early eighteenth-century fiction, and The Adventures of Rivella in particular has been attracting attention not only as an important example of amatory fiction, but also as an early autobiographical novel. At one level, Sir Charles Lovemore tells the story of Rivella’s life…

New to the Broadview Anthology of British Literature: Thomas Dekker’s Plague Pamphlets

Broadview recently released a third edition of The Broadview Anthology of British Literature Volume 2: The Renaissance and the Early Seventeenth Century. As with all new editions of our anthology, the third edition of Volume 2 features exciting new material. In this entry of the Broadview Blog, we present a sample of this material: two…

The Broadview Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Verse and Prose

The publication of The Broadview Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Verse and Prose is a literary event; this comprehensive volume is the first anthology of the period to reflect the breadth of seventeenth-century studies in recent decades. Over one hundred writers are included, from John Chamberlain at the beginning of the century to Elisabeth Singer Rowe at…

Philosophy

PHILOSOPHY The Apology and Related Dialogues (4th C BCE) Plato *Philebus(4th C BCE) Plato Thomas Aquinas: Basic Philosophical Writings (13th C) *The Excellencies of Robert Boyle (17th C) Discourse on Method (1637) René Descartes Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy (1637, 1641) René Descartes Meditations on First Philosophy (1641) René Descartes Leviathan, Revised Edition (1651)…