In this updated second edition renowned amateur comet-searcher David H. LevyÂ expands on his work about theÂ intricate relationship between the night sky and the works of English Literature.Â This revised and expanded text includes new sections on Alfred Lord Tennyson and Gerald Manley Hopkins (both amateur astronomers), extending the time period analyzed in the first edition from early modern literatureÂ to encompassÂ the Victorian age. Although the sky enters into much of literature through the ages, British authors offer an especially fertile connection to the heavens, and LevyÂ links the works of seminal authors from Shakespeare on to specific celestial events andÂ scientific advances. Â
From the impact of comets and supernovae to eclipses, Levyâs ultimate goal in this book is to inspire his readers to do the same thing as their ancestors did so long agoâlook up and appreciate the stars. His insights in this revised book spread farther and wider than ever before in this learned and enchanting tour of the skies.
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