A very good introductory book for students of English literature. Starting with Old English and ending with Modern literature, it is well-written, moderately detailed and systematic in its approach to dissecting literary trends and aesthetics.

Covers in a very lucid manner all the eras, their cultural/political background as well as literary aspects of notable authors and works, while also mentioning lesser authors/works. A clear, brief account of cultural as well as chronological history. Supplemented by A Glossary of Literary Terms, it would be the perfect reference book for students.