William Cowper: the Continuing Revaluation: An Essay and a Bibliography of Cowperian Studies from 1895 to 1960

William Cowper: the Continuing Revaluation: An Essay and a Bibliography of Cowperian Studies from 1895 to 1960

William Cowper: the Continuing Revaluation: An Essay and a Bibliography of Cowperian Studies from 1895 to 1960

William Cowper: the Continuing Revaluation: An Essay and a Bibliography of Cowperian Studies from 1895 to 1960

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The inception of the present work lies in a movement to bring out pamphlet check lists of studies in eighteenth-century English literature that was begun over a decade ago. Early pamphlets in the somewhat informal series included, among others, lists prepared by Professors James E. Tobin, Louis A. Landa, and Francesco Cordasco on such figures as Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, and Laurence Sterne. The emphasis was particularly on books, magazine articles, and other studies that had appeared during the preceding half-century. My own list published in 1950 was designed to perform a similar service for studies of William Cowper beginning with 1895, the date that Professor Tobin had already selected as a convenient one, not only for his bibliography of Pope published in 1945, but also for his earlier Eighteenth Century English Literature and Its Cultural Background; A Bibliography, which appeared in 1939 and for two decades has been a standard tool of scholarship.

Since the CBEL bibliography of Cowper was scanty as a whole (especially in listing studies appearing after 1935), since its inadequacy was only partially remedied by the recent Supplement, and since no other extensive list was available, a steady and a gratifyingly widespread demand for my list developed. The original printing has for some time been exhausted. Furthermore, another decade has elapsed in which activity in Cowperian scholarship has been considerable.

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