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The Treasuries
02 Feb 2023 * HARDBACK * £27.99 * 9781800241442

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

Non Fiction / HBTB (History)
Extent: 352 pages  Format: 234 x 153 mm Illus: 1 x 8pp col
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The Treasuries: Poetry Anthologies and the Making of British Cultureby Clare Bucknell

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

For hundreds of years, anthologies have shaped the way we encounter literature. Eighteenth-century children and young women were introduced to the 'safe' bits of Shakespeare or Milton through censored collections; Victorian working-class men and women enrolled at adult learning institutions to be taught from The Golden Treasury; First World War soldiers nursed copies of The Oxford Book of English Verse in the trenches; pop-loving teenagers growing up in the 1960s got their first taste of the counterculture from the bestselling The Mersey Sound. But anthologies aren't just part of literary history. Over the centuries, they have influenced the course of British social change, redrawing the map of 'high' and 'low' culture, generating conversations around politics, morality, class, gender and belief.

The Treasuries, by the literary scholar and journalist Clare Bucknell, reveals the extraordinary amount we can learn about our history from the anthologies that brought readers together and changed the way they thought.

Clare Bucknell is a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. She is an expert on the history of poetry and has written on literature and visual culture for the London Review of Books, the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, Harper's and Apollo. She lives in London.

An accessible social history that explores what the poetry anthology tells us about our society and culture across four centuries.

Taps into the growing public interest in poetry – the market has grown by 48% over the last five years.

Clare Bucknell is well-connected in the UK media and a regular contributor to the LRB, Literary Review and Apollo Magazine.

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