1. The history of eighteenth-century literature was first composed by the Romantics, who prized "originality" and "individuality." For examples of Romantic poetry, see Childe Harold's Pilgrimage by George Gordon, Lord Byron, and Prometheus Unbound by Percy Bysshe Shelley, covered in "The Romantic Period" (see pages 563–587 and 732–762, respectively, in volume 2A).
  2. Olaudah Equiano's The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vasso, the African, Written by Himself presents an early view of the effects of the British slave trade on Africa. For a view of the legacies of the slave trade and colonization, see Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, covered in "The Twentieth Century" (see pages 2617–2706 in volume 2C).
  3. The writings of female authors, such as Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and Frances Burney, investigate the gap between the self as it appears to us in introspection and the identity that others fasten to us from a female perspective. These writings anticipate the more political stance of Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Women, covered in "The Romantic Period" (see pages 166–192 in volume 2A), but they also draw parallels to the much earlier Book of Margery Kempe, covered in "The Middle Ages" (see pages 367–379 in volume 1A).
  4. Aphra Behn's Oroonoko escapes classification as fact or fiction, history or romance, continuing a tradition in English literature that includes Sir Thomas Malory's Morte Darthur, covered in "The Middle Ages" (see pages 421–439 in volume 1A).

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