This book is a companion volume to The English Romantic Poets: A Review of Research (Revised), edited by Professor Thomas M. Raysor and published by the Modern Language Association, 1956. It is part of a long-range plan by the Committee on Research Projects of Group ix which included the preparation of a second volume to supplement the first one in reevaluating the research in the romantic period. At the time the work was initiated the committee consisted of Professors Josephine Miles, A. D. McKillop, Bennett Weaver, Earl Leslie Griggs, Thomas M. Raysor, and Clarence D. Thorpe, chairman. In general we have consistently followed the pattern of organization employed in the first volume because those who have had occasion to use it have found the plan convenient and time-saving.
The aim of the present volume remains substantially the same as that given by Professor Raysor for the first one: "Its prime purpose is to furnish help to the graduate student as he begins the specialized study of the field. Such a student may be nearly overwhelmed by the great mass of research listed in the bibliographies, and often needs a guide to interpret values. A director of a seminar is such a guide, but since he cannot always be accessible for consultation, he may welcome a large general review of research like this to supplement his own teaching."
Though the book is compiled mainly with the graduate student in mind, it should be useful to both the general reader and the advanced undergraduate as well, particularly as a supplement to standard bibliographies.
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