The Treasuries : Poetry Anthologies and the Making of British Culture


by Bucknell, Clare | Literature & literary studies
Published 01/02/2024 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (Apollo) in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 352 pages

ISBN: 9781800241459 Category:


The fascinating history of poetry anthologies and their influence on British society and culture over the last four centuries.

For centuries, poetry anthologies shaped the way that generations of British readers encountered literature. Eighteenth-century young women were introduced to the permissible bits of Shakespeare and Swift in censored collections. Working-class Victorians enrolled to be taught from The Golden Treasury at adult learning colleges. Pop-loving teenagers in the 1960s got their first taste of the counterculture from the bestselling The Mersey Sound.

InThe Treasuries, Clare Bucknell reveals anthologies to be a unique window into social history. This is the story of some of the most widely read books ever published, and the cultural conversations – around politics, gender, class and nationhood – they sparked.

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