This is a splendid work on English literature written with imagination and rare insight.This edition of the now classic work has won critical acclaim. To have brought within the scope of one fresh and enquiring mind, as learned as it is imaginative, the whole compass of English literature from Caedmon to D. H. Lawrence is a tremendous and heart-warming feat. With Zest and love and with a constant sense of exited discovery the writer storms his way through an enormous and complex tradition,, balancing historical background and "pure" criticism to a hair's breadth of good judgment.
Table of Contents VOLUME 1 1. Anglo-Saxon Literature 2. The Development Of Middle English Prose and Verse 3. Middle English Literature: Fabliau, Lyric, Dream Allegory, Ballad 4. Chaucer, Gower, Piers Plowman 5. The End Of The Middle Ages 6. The Early Tudor Scene 7. Spenser And His Time 8. Drama From The Miracle Plays to Marlow 9. Shakespeare 10. Drama From Johnson To The Closing Of The Theaters 11. Poetry After Spenser: The Jonsonian And The Metaphysical Traditions 12. Prose In The Sixteenth And Seventeenth Centuries 13. Milton 14. Scottish Literature To 1700