History Of English Literature (12 Titles) [Literary History]

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Post by LectorRecitator » May 23rd, 2019, 11:23 am

A Popular Manual Of English Literature (1885) by Phillips, Maude Gillete (1860–????)

ℹ️ "This Manual aims to present, in a manner at once simple, attractive, and philosophical, a general survey of the historical development of English literature by dividing it into ten ages, with their respective characteristics — an arrangement exhibiting the successive stages of its growth, and those vital principles which underlie, determine, and explain them." (Preface)

Volume 1: https://archive.org/details/apopularmanuale03philgoog/page/n6

Volume 2: https://archive.org/details/apopularmanuale02philgoog/page/n7

Outlines Of English Literature (1893) by Renton, William (????–????)

ℹ️ "In a review so cursory of a field so extensive as our National Literature, and where the space devoted to one topic or mode of treatment means so much taken from another, care has been observed (1) that the consideration given to an author individually is subordinated to that given him as belonging to a type or school, and the examination of an epoch supported by reference to its position in the history of the Literature as one
of organic growth from first to last. (2) Criticism is supplemented by exposition, including those illustrative extracts which are never more indispensable than in an elementary work, whether for exhibiting the fashion of a period or the style of a master. While (3) the importance assigned to a given epoch is in general determined by the number of its authors, and that of the authors by their intrinsic power, a certain discretionary value is allowed to artists in virtue of their historical, scientific, or other extra-literary interest. In no case is favour accorded to a period because it happens to be ancient, or to an author by reason of his conventional repute."



English Literature (1900, Revised Edition) by Brooke, Stopford Augustus (1832–1916) & Carpenter, George (1863–1909)

ℹ️ "In 1896 the volume was revised and in part rewritten by the author, and appeared under the title of English Literature. The present additions continue the history of English Literature through the period ending with the deaths of Tennyson and Browning, and include a brief sketch of American Literature." (Prefatory Note)


Epochs Of English Literature (1906) by Stobart, John Clarke (1878–1933)

ℹ️ "The series of which this little volume is the first may be said to have three purposes : First, to teach the history of our literature in a rational and orderly manner; second, to illuminate the history of England by exhibiting the thoughts of its men of letters in their own words ; and, third, to display, as if in a gallery, some specimens of the inheritance into which every English-reading boy and girl has entered. It has been too long the practice to teach English literature in handbooks which give only the briefest examples, if any, of the works they profess to describe; and our many excellent school anthologies, from their want of a definite historical arrangement, and the absence of prose, fail almost entirely to give a connected view of the development of our language. Now, the history of our literature falling, as it undoubtedly does, into a series of well-marked periods of excellence, appears to lend itself peculiarly to the historical treatment suggested by the word 'epoch.'" (Preface)

Volume 01: https://archive.org/details/chaucerepoch121500stobuoft/page/n6

Volume 02: https://archive.org/details/cu31924013280312/page/n6

Volume 03: https://archive.org/details/cu31924013280320/page/n6

Volume 04: https://archive.org/details/cu31924013280338/page/n6

Volume 05: https://archive.org/details/cu31924013280346/page/n5

Volume 06: https://archive.org/details/cu31924013280353/page/n5

Volume 07: https://archive.org/details/cu31924013280361/page/n5

Volume 08: https://archive.org/details/cu31924013280379/page/n5

Volume 09: https://archive.org/details/cu31924013280387/page/n5

A History Of English Literature (1912) by Compton-Rickett, Arthur (1869–1937) (Ideal for novice readers, as well as a solo project)


Halleck's New English Literature (1913) by Halleck, Reuben Post (1859–1936)

ℹ️ "IN this New English Literature the author endeavors to preserve the qualities that have caused his former History of English Literature to be so widely used; namely, suggestiveness, clearness, organic unity, interest, and the power to awaken thought and to stimulate the student to further reading.

The book furnishes a concise account of the history and growth of English literature from the earliest times to the present day. It lays special emphasis on literary movements, on the essential qualities that differentiate one period from another, and on the spirit that animates each age. Above all, the constant purpose has been to arouse in the student an enthusiastic desire to read the works of the authors discussed. Because of the author's belief in the guide-book function of a history of literature, he has spent much time and thought in preparing the unusually detailed Suggested Readings that follow each chapter."



History Of English Literature (1914) by Mackenzie, Alastair St. Clair (1875–????)

ℹ️ "The sole aim of this book is to be of service to teachers and their classes. It has been written because so many instructors expressed a desire for a new guide to the literary masters.

This study of the great writers is concise enough to give readers ample time to fall in love with the treasures of English literature.
Among the new features of this manual are its inclusion of a brief chapter on the earliest literature of Britain and line on the popular ballad, and its exclusion of everything that might confuse or mislead youthful readers."



A History Of English Literature (1916) by Fletcher, Robert Huntington (????–????)

ℹ️ "This book aims to provide a general manual of English Literature for students in colleges and universities and others beyond the high-school age. The first purposes of every such book must be to outline the development of the literature with due regard to national life, and to give appreciative interpretation of the work of the most important authors. I have written the present volume because I have found no other that, to my mind, combines satisfactory accomplishment of these ends with a selection of authors sufficiently limited for clearness and with adequate accuracy and fulness of details, biographical and other. A manual, it seems to me, should supply a systematic statement of the important facts, so that the
greater part of the student's time, in class and without, may be left free for the study of the literature itself."



English Literature (1918) by Pace, Roy Bennett (1918–????)

ℹ️ "This volume follows the general plan of the author’s American Literature. Simplicity of treatment and usefulness are the chief objects sought.
Detailed treatment is given to , those writers only whose works have a basis of appeal to the average student. The personal, biographical element predominates ; but consistent effort has been made to bring the writers into relation with the national and world currents of thought of their times."


A Short History Of English Literature (1921) by Strong, Archibald Thomas (1876–1930)

ℹ️ "THIS Short History of English Literature was originally intended to have been written in collaboration with Professor R. S. Wallace, M.A., Professor of English Language and Literature in the University of Melbourne. The War, however, called Professor Wallace away from Australia on active service, after he had written the first chapter and a fragment of the second. It fell to his partner to complete the book. In doing so he was compelled, for reasons of space, to avoid biographical details, except in so far as these had a direct bearing on an author's writings. His conviction that, where occasion offers, a history of English literature should discuss the thought and faith of a great writer no less than his art, will explain his treatment of such writers as Blake, Shelley, and Wordsworth." (Prefatory Note)



A History Of English Literature (1923) by Buchan, John (1875–1940)

ℹ️ "The aim has been to give a prospect of the long course of English letters, showing the organic connection between the stages and the affiliations of the various schools, and to provide a critical and historical account of the writers which might serve as an introduction to the fuller study of their work. It was found impossible, without making the book of a clumsy thickness, to provide adequate extracts, and these are only given to illustrate a point of criticism.

The book has been prepared on a plan, which, however, has been occasionally departed from, where adherence to it would have been pedantic. The contributors have attempted throughout to show that English literature is a living thing, intimately connected with English life, and their appeal is not only to professed students of the subject in the secondary schools and universities, but to the great body of readers who desire a survey of the whole to supplement their study of a part, and who are in need of guidance in their reading. Consequently the book opens at that point in the history of English literature when it becomes interesting to the ordinary man."


English Literature (1923) by Hodgson Geraldine Emma (1865–1937)

ℹ️ "This book is not meant to be an Outline History of this our Literature: plenty of such exist. It has, as its main aim, the purpose of helping some of those' who do not know much or perhaps anything about it, or who may be thinking of it as a dull, horrid thing which they have to ‘‘ learn ” in school, to see it as it is." (Preface)

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Post by Elizabby » May 23rd, 2019, 11:39 pm

I always wished I had done English lit at university (like my best friend) but sadly medical school doesn't allow for many extra-curricular activities, so this is my chance! I'll launch at least one of these once I've had a look at them - but not #11!

I'm actually quite liking the look of:

#2 Buchan - Very comprehensive, but cut up into quite approachable sections. I don't love the "Section" style, but looks like a great book!
#6 Hodgson - this isn't actually a history of literature, but more a school level exploration of styles of writing. I might do this one in addition to a "true" history of English literature project.
#12 Strong (33 chapters covering English lit history)

Note: Are you sure the Buchan one is actually PD? I know it says on Archive that the publication date is 1923, but the scanned text has a publication date of 1925, which wouldn't be.

EDIT: Got it, the original publication date was 1923, although the scan you've linked is from the 1925 reprint. I think this link would be safer, as this appears to be the 1923 version: https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.150035

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Post by Elizabby » May 24th, 2019, 3:19 am

OK, #6 (Hodgson) is launched at the green link in my signature, and I think I'll do Strong (#12) also, once I have enough space to do it.

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Post by LectorRecitator » May 24th, 2019, 3:34 am

I posted another copy of Buchan's study, dating from 1923. The copy from Pubic Library of India must not be PD, since it mentions later impressions.

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Post by Elizabby » May 24th, 2019, 5:02 pm

Excellent! That’s a much better scan too! The one I was looking at was very blurry at the bottom on some pages.

I think I’ll do this one - it’s a much more comprehensive work.

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