IN THIS SEQUEL OF THE BEST-SELLING The American Reader, mother-and-son team Diane Ravitch and Mchael Ravitch have gathered together the best and most memorable poems, essays, songs and orations in English history, capturing in one volume wiriting that have shaped not only England, but democratic culture around the globe.
Here are words that changed the world, words that inspired revolutions as well as lovers, dreamers, and singers, words that every educated person once knew—and should know today Framed by two inspiring speeches—Queen Elizabeth before the invasion of the Spanish Armada and Winston Churchill during the dark days of World War II—the book features work by Williaam Worsworth and W. H. Auden, Thomas Hobbes and John Stuart Mill, Mary Wollstonecraft and Virginaia Woolf, Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, and many other equally eminent writers. Readers will fine ardent love poems such as Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd To His Love” and Shakesperar;s “Shall I Compare Thee to A summer’s Day?” There are also more philosophical works such as Yeats’ “The Second Coming” and Matthew Arnold’s “Dover Beach.” Stimulating excerpts are included from Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, Walter Pater and John Ruskin, Edmund Burke and Thomas Carlyle, and other influential thinkers. In addition, the book includes song lyrics ranging from “Greesleeves” to “Rule, Britannia,” and other works provide brief, fascinating biographies of each writer. The English Reader and seminal ideas that fired the imagination of the English-speaking world.