« ForrigeFortsæt »
H. A. DOBSON,
EDITOR OF THE CIVIL SERVICE HISTORY OF ENGLAND' AND
WITH APPENDICES AND GENERAL INDEX.
LOCKWOOD & CO., 7 STATIONERS'-HALL COURT,
MORE THAN THREE YEARS have elapsed since this little Handbook (the scheme of which is fully set forth in the Introduction on page 1) was first projected and announced. In the interval several works similar in subject have appeared, with one or two of which, in point of authority and extent, it could scarcely court comparison. But the field is, nevertheless, a wide one. The present volume had when planned, and has still, its independent purpose, and that it may serve that purpose adequately the Author earnestly desires.
As much with a view to indicate sources of information to the student as upon conscientious grounds, the titles of the works made use of are almost always minutely specified in the foot-notes. But, in addition, the Author desires here to express his obligations generally to Professor Morley's English. Writers,' and the 'Histoire de la Littérature Anglaise' of M. Taine; to Professor Craik's 'History of the English Language and Literature'; to the Essays' of Lord Macaulay and of Messrs. Masson, Forster, and Brimley; to Mr. Arber's excellent English Reprints'; to the 'Westminster,' 'Quarterly,' and 'Edinburgh Reviews'; to the 'Globe Series,' the 'Clarendon Press Series,' Chambers's 'Cyclopædia of English Literature,' and Allibone's comprehensive 'Dictionary.'
The Author trusts that in the foregoing cases,—and indeed
1. Genealogy of the English Language.-2. Formation
and Progress of the English Language.-3. Periods
of English.-4. The Gaelic and Cymric Literature.-
5. The Literature of the 'Original English' Period.
-6. The Poets:-(a) Writers in English Metre; (b)
Writers in Latin Verse.-7. The Prose Writers :—(a)
II. FROM THE NORMAN CONQUEST TO CHAUCER
8. The Language of the Normans; Langue d'Oyl,
Langue d'Oc.-9. Progress of the English Language.
-10. The Literature of the Anglo-Normans; Trou-
vères, Troubadours.-11. The Arthurian Romances,
the 'Mabinogion.'-12. Writers in Latin.-13. Writers
15. Progress of the English Language.-16. Langland,
Gower, Barbour.-17. CHAUCER.-18. Mandeville,
Wiclif, Trevisa.-19. Occleve, Lydgate.-20. James
of Scotland.-21. Pecock, Fortescue. 22. The
'Paston Letters.'-23. The Introduction of Printing.
-24. Hawes, Barklay, Skelton.-25. The Scotch
Poets.-26. Translations of the Bible.-27. Berners,
More. 28. Elyot, Latimer, Cheke.-29. Wyatt,
Surrey.-30. Early Dramatic Writers.-31. Ballad
32. Summary of the Period.-33. The Poets: Gascoigne,
Sackville.-34. Sidney. -35. SPENSER.-36. The
Minor Poets.-37. The Growth of the English