Backgrounds of English Literature, 1700-1760

Backgrounds of English Literature, 1700-1760

Backgrounds of English Literature, 1700-1760

Backgrounds of English Literature, 1700-1760

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Of the five studies included in this volume, four are reprints of articles published longer ago than I like to be reminded. Shaftesbury and the Ethical Poets in England is taken from the Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, Vol. XXXI, 1916; The Return to Nature in English Poetry from Studies in Philology, the University of North Carolina, Vol. XIV, 1917; John Dunton: Pietist and Impostor from the same journal. Vol. XXII, 1925; and Whig Panegyric Verse from the Publications, Vol. XLI, 1926.

It was conventional in the eighteenth century for a writer to announce modestly that he was republishing his works because he had been "importuned" to do so. This is more than I can claim for the present undertaking, but some of my associates have been kind enough to recommend that the material be made more accessible to students of the period than it has been. The articles are arranged in the order of their original publication and are reproduced with only minor changes, except for the revisions in the article on John Dunton. For these I am indebted to suggestions I received, immediately after the article was published, from Mr. Theodore M. Hatfield, who was then making a special study of the bibliographical puzzle created by Dunton's dishonest practices and was kind enough to give me the benefit of his research. When I wrote these articles, I was aware that there was some repetition . . .

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