Journey into the best of British Isles literati in this comprehensive and concise review of 50 of the greatest writers and poets. Learn how these distinctive individuals shaped prose from the late medieval period through the mid-twentieth century. Fully grounded in sound literary and historical scholarship, this anthology takes a fresh approach to the lives and burial places of these literary greats. It includes such masters as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Austen, Dickens, Wordsworth, Keats, Tennyson, Wilde, Kipling, Woolf, Joyce, and many more. Featuring complete introductions to each period, there is an overview of the historical, cultural, and literary backgrounds of the era. Through engaging biographies, extensive descriptive observations, and 158 illustrations, these great writers come alive. Innovative, authoritative, and comprehensive, Literary Legends of the British Isles embodies a new perspective to the study of English literature and the authors whose works have become classics.