History of English Literature


This work has a twofold purpose. It seeks, in general, to promote an historical understanding of English literature; and at the same time to extend this to wider circles.

Regard for these "wider circles," whose interest I hope to gain in a subject certainly not unworthy of it, has excluded from my book much that will be missed by the student, and even some things which will be regretted by the master.

The beginner needs a guide in the labyrinth of literature concerning literature; such a guide is not offered him here. The scholar will wish to know the proofs supporting the views presented, and will not always find his wishes satisfied.

I hope to meet both requirements in a special brochure with the title, Manual to the History of English Literature, which, while most closely following the account here given, will form an independent whole, intelligible in itself.


Strassburg, i. E., March, 1877.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Wace Wieland
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1889


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