A Critical History of English Poetry

By Herbert J. C. Grierson; J. C. Smith | Go to book overview

A Select Bibliography

This bibliography, like the book it belongs to, is intended primarily for the general reader. Accordingly, besides standard texts, we have tried, where possible, to name editions readily accessible to any lover of poetry.

CHAPTER I. (1) Except for some short pieces (notably Finn, Waldere, Maldon, the early Northumbrian poems and the lines on the Fasting Seasons) ed. in The A.S. Minor Poems by E. van K. Dobbie, N.Y. 1943, and The Paris Psalter and the Meters of Boethius ed. G. P. Krapp 1943, all A.S. poetry comes from four MSS. of the 10th or 11th century--the B. M. Cotton Vitellius Axv ( Beowulf and Judith); the Exeter Book ( Widsith, Deor, the dramatic lyrics, Christ, Juliana, Guthlac, Phoenix, Riddles, etc.) ed. G. P. Krapp and E. van K. Dobbie 1936; the (Bodleian) Junius MS. ( Genesis, Exodus, Daniel, Christ and Satan) ed. G. P. Krapp 1931, and the Vercelli Book ( Andreas, Fates of the Apostles, Elene, Dream of the Rood) ed. do. 1932.

Beowulf and the Finn Fragment ed. A. J. Wyatt and R. W. Chambers, Camb. 1920; W. J. Sedgefield, Manchester 1925; F. Klaeber, 1936. Runic and Heroic Poems ed. B. Dickins, Camb. 1916. Widsith ed. R. W. Chambers, Camb. 1912. A.S. and Norse Poems (dramatic lyrics) ed. N. Kershaw, Camb. 1992. The O.E. Riddles ed. A. J. Wyatt, Boston 1912. Andreas ed. G. P. Krapp , Boston 1906, Christ ed. A. S. Cook, Boston 1900. Elene, Phoenix and Physiologus ed. do., New Haven 1919. Judith ed. do., Boston 1904. Brunanburh ed. A. Campbell 1930. Gnomic Poetry in A.S. ed. B. C. Cotton, N.Y. 1914. Widsith, Waldere, Deor, Three Northumbrian Poems, Dream of the Rood, and Maldon are in Methuen's O. E. Library.

Translations:-- Beowulf tr. D. H. Crawford (verse) ( Medieval Lib.); tr. J. R. Clark Hill , rev. C. L. Wrenn (prose) 1940. The Poems of Cynewulf and The Caedmon Poems tr. C. W. Kennedy (prose) 1910 and 1916. A.S. Poetry, Selected, tr. R. K. Gordon (prose) ( Everyman's Lib.). A.S. Poetry: An Essay, G. Bone (verse), Oxford 1943.

(2) Epic and Romance, W. P. Ker 1897; The Dark Ages, do., Edin. 1904; Eng. Lit.: Medieval, do. 1912. The Heroic Age, H. M. Chadwick, Camb. 1912. The Oldest English Poetry, C. W. Kennedy, N.Y. 1943. Beowulf: An Introduction, R. W. Chambers, Camb. 1932. Beowulf and Epic Tradition, W. W. Lawrence, Cambridge, Mass. 1928. Beowulf and the Seventh Century, R. Girvan 1935. A.S. Christian Poetry, A. J. Barnouw, The Hague, 1924. Cambridge Hist. of Eng. Lit., Vol. I.

CHAPTER II. (1) LAYAMON: Brut ed. Sir F. Madden (Soc. of Antiquaries) 1847. The Bestiary, see An Old Miscellany containing a Bestiary ed. R. Morris ( E E T S) 1872. The Ormulum ed. R. Holt 2 vols. Oxfd. 1878. Orison of Our Lady (E E T S). The Owl and the Nightingale ed. J. Stevenson ( Roxburghe Club) 1838; ed. J. E. Wells (Belles Lettres Series). Chanson de Roland tr. C. Scott Moncrieff 1919; also by J. Crossland ( Medieval Lib.). For texts of the Romances see E E T S passim. Cleanness, Patience and Pearl ed. Sir I. Gollancz (Select Early English Poets), Oxfd.; Pearl ed. C. G. Osgood (Belles Lettres

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