A History of Elizabethan Literature

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THE present Book is intended to form the Second Volume of a History of English Literature divided into four main periods, each of which is entrusted to a writer who has made that period his particular study. The Volume on the Earliest Period of English Literature has been undertaken by Mr. STOPFORD BROOKE, the Volume dealing with the Literature of the Eighteenth Century by Mr. EDMUND GOSSE, and that on Modern Literature by Professor DOWDEN. It is hoped that these Volumes may be issued at no very distant date.

September 1887.

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A History of Elizabethan Literature
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Advertisement v
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • Chapter I from Tottel's "Miscellany" to Spenser 1
  • Chapter II Early Elizabethan Prose 28
  • Chapter III the First Dramatic Period 50
  • Chapter IV "The FaËrie Queene" and Its Group 82
  • Chapter V 157
  • Chapter VI Later Elizabethan and Jacobean Prose 207
  • Chapter VII the Third Dramatic Period 253
  • Chapter VIII the School of Spenser and the Tribe of Ben 289
  • Chapter IX Milton, Taylor, Clarendon, Browne, Hobbes 315
  • Chapter X 354
  • Chapter XI the Fourth Dramatic Period 394
  • Chapter XII Minor Caroline Prose 428
  • Conclusion 445
  • Index 463
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