The Truth About Love  -  A Collection of Writings on Love Through the Ages

The Truth About Love - A Collection of Writings on Love Through the Ages

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Author: Stephen Siddall
Mary Ward/
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year: 2009
Language: English
Pages: 304
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780521748346


The truth about love presents a rich variety of writing on one of the central themes in literature. The anthology includes poetry, fiction, drama and non-fiction and draws on a range of historical periods as well as different cultures.

All texts have been chosen as examples of high-quality writing likely to stimulate and challenge students studying Literature at advanced level.

The collection comprises a fresh and varied selection, including texts by Thomas Hardy, Khaled Hosseini, Sarah Kane, Jackie Kay, D.H. Lawrence, Sylvia Plath, Sir Walter Raleigh and William Shakespeare.


General introduction

Part I. Pursuit:
1. All in Green by E. E. Cummings
2. Troilus and Criseyde by Chaucer
3. Free Fall by William Golding
4. Maud by Alfred Lord Tennyson
5. The True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
6. The Beaux' Stratagem by George Farquhar
7. Emma by Jane Austen
8. Samuel Pepys by Claire Tomalin
9. Betrayal by Harold Pinter
10. Go, Lovely Rose! by Edmund Waller
11. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
12. Paradise Lost by Milton
13. The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
14. Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding
15. The Lover: a Ballad by Lady Mary Wortley Montague
16. Questions
17. Further reading

Part II. Unrequited love:
18. Tales from Ovid: Echo and Narcissus by Ted Hughes
19. Venus and Adonis by William Shakespeare
20. Dusty Answer by Rosamond Lehmann
21. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
22. The Folly of Being Comforted by W. B. Yeats
23. The Waves by Virginia Woolf
24. If to Love by Pierre de Ronsard (tr. D. B. Wyndham Lewis)
25. Astrophel and Stella by Sir Philip Sidney
26. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
27. Sonnet 8: Sometimes I Wish . . . by Richard Barnfield
28. Warming Her Pearls by Carol Ann Duffy
29. Questions
30. Further reading

Part III. Celebration:
31. Comeclose and Sleepnow by Roger McGough
32. The Good-Morrow by John Donne
33. A Song by Thomas Carew
34. Letter to Lord Alfred Douglas, 35. c.1891 from Oscar Wilde
36. Letter to her husband, 1920 from Zelda Fitzgerald
37. Letter to Victor Hugo, 1833 from Juliette Drouet
38. Journal entry, 19 April 1956 by Sylvia Plath
39. Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes
40. Two in the Campagna by Robert Browning
41. I Like it to Rain by Nii Ayikwei Parke
42. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
43. Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare
44. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence
45. The Song of Songs: Chapter 5 from the Bible
46. Drunk as Drunk by Pablo Neruda (tr. Christopher Logue)
47. Music, When Soft Voices Die by Percy Bysshe Shelley
48. Questions
49. Further reading

Part IV. Forbidden love:
50. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
51. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Anonymous (tr. by Simon Armitage)
52. Eloisa to Abelard by Alexander Pope
53. Phaedra's Love by Sarah Kane
54. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore by John Ford
55. The Gift by Vicki Feaver
56. The Demon Lover by Anonymous
57. Suite Française by Irene Nemirovsky (tr. by Sandra Smith)
58. The Lady of the House of Love by Angela Carter
59. The Trial of Lady Chatterley by C. H. Rolph
60. Questions
61. Further reading

Part V. Family:
62. The Young Visiters by Daisy Ashford
63. Morning Song by Sylvia Plath
64. Gap Year by Jackie Kay
65. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
66. To My Brothers by John Keats
67. A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
68. The Vortex by Noel Coward
69. Letter to Lady Elizabeth Ralegh, 1603 from Sir Walter Ralegh
70. Questions
71. Further reading

Part VI. Friendship:
72. The Thing in the Forest by A. S. Byatt
73. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
74. The Keepsake by Fleur Adcock
75. The Grasshopper by Richard Lovelace
76. Sonnet 104 by William Shakespeare
77. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
78. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
79. Stuart, a Life Backwards by Alexander Masters
80. Beloved by Toni Morrison
81. Questions
82. Further reading

Part VII. Loss and betrayal:
83. 1789 by Emily Dickinson
84. A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
85. In Memoriam by Alfred Lord Tennyson
86. With Serving Still . . . by Sir Thomas Wyatt
87. The Apparition by John Donne
88. Washington Square by Henry James
89. Neutral Tones by Thomas Hardy
90. Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
91. Shadowlands by William Nicholson
92. Out of Danger by James Fenton
93. Questions
94. Further reading