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Love and Longing

Written by Jacqueline Wilson

Love and Longing Synopsis

This heady collection features love poems and prose excerpts by writers including Sappho, Shakespeare, Milton, the Brontes, and Wordsworth. Works are loosely arranged according to chapter headings drawn from particular poems, for instance Love Is a Sickness (after Samuel Daniel's poem), creating an engaging interchange of images and ideas, regardless of poet or era. As the title suggests, not every poem ends with a happily ever after; a Charlotte Mew poem reads, 'I so liked Spring last year/ Because you were here..../ This year's a different thing, --/ I'll not think of you.' A collection of classic poetry and prose based on the enduring themes of love and romance, with an introduction by prize-winning children's author Jacqueline Wilson. Includes material from the Romantics, Thomas Hardy, John Milton, Jane Austen, and Emily Bronte as well as Ovid, Catullus, and less well-known authors. Kate Agnew is a previous chair of the Children's Booksellers Association. She has also contributed to the Cambridge Guide to Children's Books and has edited several children's books. Jacqueline Wilson, OBE, is an internationally best-selling children's author.

Love and Longing Press Reviews

'A resonant sampling of both standards and lesser-known gems.' -- Publishers Weekly 'The selection is brilliant, creating cross-currents, complications, and time travelling coincidences to challenge intelligent readers.' -- Times Educational Supplement

Book Information

ISBN: 9781840465235
Publication date: 5th February 2004
Author: Jacqueline Wilson
Publisher: Wizard Books an imprint of Icon Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 192 pages

About Jacqueline Wilson

Kate Agnew: Kate Agnew read English at the University of Oxford, UK, has chaired the Children's Booksellers Association and has served as a judge for the Smarties Award and the Whitbread Prize. Jacqueline Wilson: Jacqueline Wilson, OBE, is a best-selling, multi award-winning children's author.

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