A FUNDAMENTAL work is J. E. Wells, A Manual of the Writings in Middle English, 1050-1400 ( New Haven, 1916), with bibliographical notes and eight Supplements to 1942. A promised volume, covering the fifteenth century, has not yet appeared. Also of great value is the Index of Middle English Verse by Carleton Brown and R. H. Robbins ( New York, 1943), which indexes all Middle English poems. F. W. Bateson, The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature ( 1940) and L. L. Tucker and A. R. Benham , A Bibliography of Fifteenth Century Literature ( Seattle, Washington, 1928) are useful. Current work is annually recorded in The Year's Work in English Studies ( 1919-20 onwards, English Association) and The Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature ( 1920 onwards, Modern Humanities Research Association). Useful also are The British Museum Catalogue of Printed Books (new ed. in progress), The Dictionary of National Biography, and C. S. Northup, Register of Bibliographies of the English Language and Literature (Yale, 1925).
Collections and anthologies, covering more than one of the following chapters, are T. Wright and J. O. Halliwell, Reliquiae Antiquae ( 1841, 1845); W. C. Hazlitt, Remains of the Early Popular Poetry of England ( 1864-6); T. H. Ward and others, The English Poets ( 1887-94); D. Laing, Select Remains of the Ancient Popular Poetry of Scotland ( 1884); E. Flügel, Neuenglisches Lesebuch ( Halle, 1895); A. W. Pollard, Fifteenth Century Prose and Verse ( 1903); F. Kluge, Mittelenglisches Lesebuch ( Halle, 1904); O. F. Emerson, Middle English Reader ( New York, 1905, 1915); A. S. Cook, Literary Middle English Reader ( Boston, 1915); A. Brandl and O. Zippel , Mittelenglische Sprach- und Literaturproben ( Berlin, 1917,____________________