This book gives a clear and readable outline of the most important features in the growth of our English literary tradition. The author traces out the separate lines of development in poetry, drama, and prose ; gives short accounts of the most significant of the English writers and their works with particular attention to their social and intellectual background, and describes the literary movements, including those from other countries, which have had a definite bearing On our English literature. An additional feature of value is the inclusion of a most useful "Chronology of English Classics with Contemporary Events."
The book tackles such issues as:
- LITERATURE AS AN ART - THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE - DESIGN IN POETRY - PROSODIC FORMS - PRE-RENAISSANCE POETRY - PVENAISSANCE HUMANISM - THE ELIZABETHAN TRADITION IN POETRY - CAVALIER AND PURITAN POETRY - AUGUSTAN POETRY - THE APPROACH TO ROMANTICISM IN POETRY - THE AGE OF ROMANTICISM - POETRY IN THE VICTORIAN AGE - TWENTIETH-CENTURY POETRY - DESIGN IN DRAMA - EARLY DRAMA - THE SHAKESPEARIAN AGE - POST-SHAKESPEARIAN DRAMA - RESTORATION AND EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY DRAMA - REVIVAL OF DRAMA - THE EVOLUTION OF PROSE STYLE - THE EVOLUTION OF THE NOVEL - THE NOVEL: NINETEENTH CENTURY - THE NOVEL: TWENTIETH CENTURY - ESSAYS AND OTHER PROSE WRITINGS - LITERARY CRITICISM: RENAISSANCE - MODERN LITERARY CRITICISM - A CHRONOLOGY OF ENGLISH CLASSICS WITH CONTEMPORARY EVENTS