Eighteenth Century English Literature and Its Cultural Background: A Bibliography

Eighteenth Century English Literature and Its Cultural Background: A Bibliography

Eighteenth Century English Literature and Its Cultural Background: A Bibliography

Eighteenth Century English Literature and Its Cultural Background: A Bibliography

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This volume is the outgrowth of a pamphlet published in 1932, and later enlarged by experimental mimeographed sheets issued for class and seminar use. It cannot be called strictly a selective bibliography, since as many titles as possible relating to certain authors have been included; nor can it be called an exhaustive one, since, without doubt, too much has been omitted.

Perhaps the reason it stands in between is that it attempts to serve many classes of readers. Elementary studies, inexpensive editions, and magazine articles of popular appeal are included, because these are the materials read or purchased by many undergraduates. Books and articles of a more advanced nature—on recent biographical findings, foreign influences, textual criticism, philological aspects, and bibliographical minutiae—have been brought together for the graduate student. The check-list, therefore, should prove valuable not only to the ordinary consultants of reference works, but also to instructors and students seeking titles for term-papers, subjects for seminar discussion, or problems for dissertations.

Series of editions have sometimes been listed for the sake of the introductions; outmoded criticism and biography, for the sake of the historical viewpoint; productions admittedly tasteless, because an honest picture of an age cannot be a limited one; articles based on specious or incomplete arguments, in the hope that other scholars will prepare correctives. The fact that several names are followed by meagre entries pleads in itself for the publication of present-day papers and up-to- date editions.

No attempt has been made to list the individual works of the authors selected as these appeared in the eighteenth century itself. This is the province of specific bibliographies—by Beasles, Crane, Griffith, Morgan, Teerink and others—and of the bibliographical volumes supplementing the Cambridge History of English Literature; and such works are specially designated throughout. The principal monuments of each writer have been listed, together with nineteenth and twentieth century editions and studies. With few exceptions, these are available in the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, and the libraries of the larger universities of the Eastern United States, especially Harvard and Yale. This availability has been a determining factor in the selection of many editions.

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