An Atlas of English Literature

An Atlas of English Literature

An Atlas of English Literature

An Atlas of English Literature

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Though the significance of environment in relation to an author's work is constantly manifest to students of literature, there has been at hand no facility for locating the places where literary genius has developed. To supply this lack the editors offer an Atlas of English Literature with the hope that it may enable students to visualize much that has hitherto been vague and confused.

The book should be useful in both elementary and advanced courses. Separate maps, each complete in itself and free from too great crowding of details, have been provided for the different periods of English literary history. In the lists have been included all the minor writers who might be of interest in detailed investigation of types or periods, while capitals have been adopted to indicate the outstanding authors who would probably be studied in a survey course. For chronological convenience five somewhat arbitrary divisions of the history of English literature have been made, not altogether conforming to the recognized periods of literary development. For example, in the Elizabethan and Puritan periods are included the fifty years of the Renaissance (1500-1550), which fell between the close of the Middle Ages and the accession of Elizabeth.

The general plan has been to give under the name of each writer the places associated with his life. These places have been arranged in the order, as far as it could be determined, of their connection with the life of the writer, except that to save complication all localities in London have been listed together. Where the places of birth and death are known these are indicated by the letters b. and d. before the names of the places. Where the place of burial is not the same as the place of death or a place of residence already cited, it has been noted by the abbreviation bur. The place of death has naturally been put last, although in many instances the person's life included also a former residence there.

In some cases, particularly with . . .

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