Studies in the Literature of the Augustan Age: Essays Collected in Honor of Arthur Ellicott Case

Studies in the Literature of the Augustan Age: Essays Collected in Honor of Arthur Ellicott Case

Studies in the Literature of the Augustan Age: Essays Collected in Honor of Arthur Ellicott Case

Studies in the Literature of the Augustan Age: Essays Collected in Honor of Arthur Ellicott Case

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In 1938 the Editor, with Arthur Mizener, had an appointment to meet Arthur Case at a meeting of the Modern Language Association to discuss a new project in the field of the poetical miscellany. To the amazement of the two, whom Arthur Case had not known previously, they were presented with a suitcase full of invaluable notes. This act was typical of the generosity and friendliness of Arthur Case. Ever since his untimely death in 1946 some of his friends have contemplated a volume that would stand as a tribute to his kindness and scholarly achievement. The breadth of the present volume parallels his own wide range of interests; the enthusiasm with which our contributors offered their articles reflects the warmth these scholars felt toward Arthur Case.

Studies in the Literature of the Augustan Age grew out of the Editor's conferences with Moody E. Prior and Frederick W. Hilles, whose counsel and interest in the project played a large part in determining the direction the volume would take. Later the experience of Raymond D. Havens, Ronald S. Crane, Louis I. Bredvold, and Edward N. Hooker was drawn upon and the Studies was launched. Various kinds of festschriften were examined, the shortcomings analyzed and the virtues noted. The conclusions gave rise to the present volume, which presents, we believe, a new kind of scholarly contribution. As one guiding principle we adopted the idea that the volume should be useful to a large audience, to students just beginning research in the Augustan field and to scholars already at home amid the celandine and verdant greens of the Enlightenment. With a few exceptions all of the contributors were friends of Arthur Case; each was asked to suggest, in order of . . .

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