Wordsworthian Criticism: A Guide and Bibliography

Wordsworthian Criticism: A Guide and Bibliography

Wordsworthian Criticism: A Guide and Bibliography

Wordsworthian Criticism: A Guide and Bibliography

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In Part I of this bibliographical guide I have attempted to present a body of selected Wordsworthian criticism extending from the poet's own day to the present. It has been my aim, in the chapters dealing with the contemporaries of Wordsworth, to include mostly formal criticism (which omits much from letters and private journals), my choice of material being guided by typical attitudes and prominent names. Thus the reviews of Jeffrey and of Wilson best represent the conflict of opinion for and against the poet as it appeared in the quarterlies of the first third of the nineteenth century; but also the criticism of the period includes numerous essays by writers who are outstanding literary artists. The chapters devoted to the Victorians include the writings of the men of letters who shaped the criticism of the day, and the beginnings of scholarship and research in the work of biographers, editors, and the Wordsworth Society. The later chapters on the criticism and scholarship of the twentieth century are a survey of leading trends of interpretation and of outstanding contributions.

The material in Part I will therefore be familiar to the seasoned Wordsworthian scholar, but it should be of benefit to the more general reader or to the younger student of the poet in helping him to find his bearings in the mass of literature on Wordsworth, and in enabling him more readily to proceed into his own reading and investigation. My chief task has been to select and link the material, to organize it in its chronological or topical relationships, and to determine the emphasis to give each writer. Mine is not the function of the reviewer, and minute criticism would be inappropriate, although I have provided brief critical summaries when I thought they might be of assistance in pointing up the essential problems of any given piece of criticism.

Part II, the bibliography, extends from 1850 to 1944. The items prior to the twentieth century have been selected on the basis of severe elimination. I have included only standard criticism and items of special and peculiar value. More than three-

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