A History of Elizabethan Literature

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CONTENTS
CHAPTER I
FROM TOTTEL'S MISCELLANY TO SPENSER

The starting-point-- Tottel Miscellany--Its method and authorship--The characteristics of its poetry--Wyatt--Surrey--Grimald--Their metres-- The stuff of their poems--The Mirror for Magistrates--Sackville--His contributions and their characteristics--Remarks on the formal criticism of poetry--Gascoigne--Churchyard--Turberville--Googe--The translators--Classical metres--Stanyhurst--Other miscellanies Pages 1-27

CHAPTER II
EARLY ELIZABETHAN PROSE

Outlines of Early Elizabethan Prose--Its origins--Cheke and his contemporaries--Ascham--His style--Miscellaneous writers--Critics--Webbe-- Puttenham--Lyly--Euphues and Euphuism--Sidney--His style and critical principles--Hooker--Characteristics of the Ecclesiastical Polity28-49

CHAPTER III
THE FIRST DRAMATIC PERIOD

Divisions of Elizabethan Drama--Its general character--Origins- Ralph Roister Doister--Gammer Gurton's Needle--Gorboduc--The Senecan Drama--Other early plays--The "university wits"--Their lives and characters--Lyly (dramas)--The Marlowe group--Peele--Greene--Kyd-- Marlowe--The actor playwrights 50-81

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