This second volume of the reception of Donne was titled by the late Professor A.J. Smith, 'The Critical Rehabilitation of John Donne'. When his typescript was given to me to complete it contained a plan of the book, most of the excerpts from commentaries on Donne's poems, and seven pages out of a projected total of twenty-five pages allocated to an Introduction. Not having had the opportunity of knowing Professor Smith and discussing the project with him, I decided against trying to expand his Introduction and instead have made a summary of the material he gathered. It is deeply regrettable that he was unable to complete his contribution to our understanding of Donne. The excerpts he left make a fascinating tale of changing ideas about the nature of poetry, about the effect of social mores on a writer's reputation, and I have appreciated the privilege of working on it. I have expanded over half the headnotes, trying not to alter the judgements that were explicit or implicit in Professor Smith's wording. The selections by Gosse (1891, 1921), Anon. The Academy (1897 and 1900), Anon. The Dial (1905), H.J. C. Grierson (1909), J.L. Lowes (1919) and Louise I. Guiney (1920) are mine. I am also responsible for the appendices and apologize for omissions and errors in what was a lengthy treasure-hunt for bibliographical detail.