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    • The History of the English Language, 2nd Edition

    • By: Seth Lerer, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Seth Lerer
    • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 274
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    This course offers an overview of the English language that is literary, historical, cultural, political, and scientific in its scope and designed to give you greater insight into the written and spoken word.The lectures provide a thorough understanding of the history of the English language - from its origins as a dialect of the Germanic-speaking peoples through the literary and cultural documents of its 1,500-year span to the state of American speech today.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sparkling

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-26-15

    Regular price: $41.95

    • The Life and Writings of John Milton

    • By: Seth Lerer, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Seth Lerer
    • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    There is no disputing that John Milton is considered one of the supreme writers in the history of English letters. Yet, for a number of reasons, many modern readers are unaware of the pleasures of his poetry and prose. These 12 lectures examine Milton's life and work in order to understand the richness and depth of his poetry, its ways of representing 17th-century English life and culture, and its impact on later writers and on English literary history as a whole.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good overview of Milton and Paradise Lost

    • By Ernest on 01-21-14

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Life and Writings of Geoffrey Chaucer

    • By: Seth Lerer, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Seth Lerer
    • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 29
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    Geoffrey Chaucer is one of our grandest and most enduring poets; an architect of our vocabulary and our literary style. By examining the English writer's texts, from his short love lyrics to the copious profusion of character and incident that is The Canterbury Tales, these 12 lectures will prepare you for the challenges of Chaucer's oeuvre, and will provide an understanding of what makes him the true "father" of English poetry.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • "Chaucer is the name, writing is the game"

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-27-16

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Children's Literature

    • A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter
    • By: Seth Lerer
    • Narrated by: Tony Craine
    • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
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      4 out of 5 stars 14

    The only single-volume work to capture the rich and diverse history of children's literature in its full panorama, this extraordinary book reveals why J. R. R. Tolkein, Dr. Seuss, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Beatrix Potter, and many others, despite their divergent styles and subject matter, have all resonated with generations of readers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Incredible! Highly recommend!

    • By Julie on 04-29-16

    Regular price: $32.00