Page images
[blocks in formation]

IX. GERMAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE. Goethe's Egmont. With a Life of Goethe, &c. By C. A.

Buchheim, Phil. Doc., Professor in King's College, London ; sometime Exa

miner to the University of London. Extra fcap. 8vo. cloth, 35. Schiller's Wilhelm Tell. With a Life of Schiller; an histo

rical and critical Introduction, Arguinents, and a complete Commentary. By

the same Editor. Ext. fcap. 8vo. cloth, 35. 6d. Lessing's Minna von Barnhelm. A Comedy. With a Life

of Lessing, Critical Analysis, Complete Commentary, &c. By the same Editor.

Ext. fcap. 8vo. cloth, 3s. 6d. Goethe's Iphigenie auf Tauris. A Drama. With a

Critical Introduction, Arguments to the Acts, and a complete Commentary. In Preparation.

X. ART, &c. A Handbook of Pictorial Art. By R. St. J. Tyrwhitt,

M.A., formerly Student and Tutor of Christ Church, Oxford. With coloured Illustrations, Photographs, and a chapter on Perspective by A. Macdonald.

8vo. half morocco, 18s. A Treatise on Harmony. By Sir F. A. Gore Ouseley,

Bart., M.A., Mus. Doc., Professor of Music in the University of Oxford. 4to.

cloth, ios. A Treatise on Counterpoint, Canon, and Fugue, based

upon that of Cherubini. By the same Author. 4to. cloth, 16s. A Treatise on Form in Music, and General Compo

sition. By the same Author. Preparing. A Music Primer for Schools. By J. Troutbeck, M.A.,

and R. F. Dale, M.A., B. Mus. Crown 8vo. cloth, 28. 6d. The Cultivation of the Speaking Voice. By John Hullah.

Crown 8vo. cloth, 3.s. 6d.

XI. MISCELLANEOUS. Dante. Selections from the Inferno. With Introduction

and Notes. By H. B. Cotterill, B.A., Assistant Master in Haileybury College.

Extra fcap. 8vo. cloth, 4s. 6d. Just Published, A Treatise on the Use of the Tenses in Hebrew. By

S. R. Driver, M.A., Fellow of New College. Extra fcap. 8vo. cloth, 6s. 6d. Outlines of Textual Criticism applied to the New Testa

By C. E. Hammond, M.A., Fellow and Tutor of Exeter College, Oxford. Extra fcap. 8vo. cloth, 3s. 6d. The Modern Greek Language in its relation to Ancient

Greek. By E. M. Geldart, B.A., formerly Scholar of Balliol College, Oxford.

Extr. fcap. 8vo. cloth, 45. 6d. A System of Physical Education : Theoretical and Prac

tical. By Archibald Maclaren, The Gymnasium, Oxford. Extra fcap. 8vo. cloth, 7s.6d.


[blocks in formation]

XII. A SERIES OF ENGLISH CLASSICS. Designed to meet the wants of Students in English Literature : under the superintendence of the Rev. J. S. BREWER, M.A., of Queen's College, Oxford, and Professor of English Literature at King's College, London.

THERE are two dangers to which the student of English Literature is exposed at the outset of his task ;-his reading is apt to be too narrow or too diffuse.

Out of the vast number of authors set before him in books professing to deal with this subject he knows not which to select : he thinks he must read a little of all; he soon abandons so hopeless an attempt; he ends by contenting himself with second-hand information; and professing to study English Literature, he fails to master a single English author. On the other hand, by confining his attention to one or two writers, or to one special period of English Literature, the student narrows his view of it; he fails to grasp the subject as a whole; and in so doing misses one of the chief objects of his study,

How may these errors be avoided ? How may minute reading be combined with comprehensiveness of view ?

In the hope of furnishing an answer to these questions the

egates of the Press, acting upon the advice and experience of Professor Brewer, have determined to issue a series of small volumes, which shall embrace, in a convenient form and at a low price, the general extent of English Literature, as represented in its masterpieces at successive epochs.

It is thought that the student, by confining himself, in the first instance, to those authors who are most worthy of his attention, will be saved from the dangers of hasty and indiscriminate reading. By adopting the course thus marked out for him, he will become familiar with the productions of the greatest minds in English Literature; and should he never be able to pursue the subject

[blocks in formation]


beyond the limits here prescribed, he will have laid the foundation of accurate habits of thought and judgment, which cannot fail of being serviceable to him hereafter.

The authors and works selected are such as will best serve to illustrate English Literature in its historical aspect. As 'the eye of history,' without which history cannot be understood, the literature of a nation is the clearest and most intelligible record of its life. Its thoughts and its emotions, its graver and its less serious modes, its progress, or its degeneracy, are told by its best authors in their best words. This view of the subject will sugo gest the safest rules for the study of it.

With one exception all writers before the Reformation are excluded from the Series. However great may be the value of literature before that epoch, it is not completely national. For it had no common organ of language; it addressed itself to special classes; it dealt mainly with special subjects. Again ; of writers who flourished after the Reformation, who were popular in their day, and reflected the manners and sentiments of their age, the larger part by far must be excluded from our list. Common sense tells us that if young persons, who have but a limited time at their disposal, read Marlowe or Greene, Burton, Hakewill or Du Bartas, Shakespeare, Bacon, and Milton will be comparatively neglected.

Keeping, then, to the best authors in each epoch—and here popular estimation is a safe guide—the student will find the following list of writers amply sufficient for his purpose : Chaucer, Spenser, Hooker, Shakespeare, Bacon, Milton, Dryden, Bunyan, Pope, Johnson, Burke, and Cowper. In other words, Chaucer is the exponent of the Middle Ages in England; Spenser of the Reformation and the Tudors; Hooker of the latter years of Elizabeth ; Shakespeare and Bacon of the transition from Tudor to Stuart; Milton of Charles I and the Commonwealth; Dryden and Bunyan of the Restoration ; Pope of Anne and the House

[blocks in formation]

of Hanover; Johnson, Burke, and Cowper of the reign of George III to the close of the last century.

The list could be easily enlarged; the names of Jeremy Taylor, Clarendon, Hobbes, Locke, Swift, Addison, Goldsmith, and others are omitted. But in so wide a field, the difficulty is to keep the series from becoming unwieldy, without diminishing its comprehensiveness. Hereafter, should the plan prove to be useful, some of the masterpieces of the authors just mentioned may be added to the list.

The task of selection is not yet finished. For purposes of education, it would neither be possible, nor, if possible, desirable, to place in the hands of students the whole of the works of the authors we have chosen. We must set before them only the masterpieces of literature, and their studies must be directed, not only to the greatest minds, but to their choicest productions. These are to be read again and again, separately and in combination. Their purport, form, language, bearing on the times, must be minutely studied, till the student begins to recognise the full value of each work both in itself and in its relations to those that go before and those that follow it.

It is especially hoped that this Series may prove useful to Ladies' Schools and Middle Class Schools ; in which English Literature must always be a leading subject of instruction. A General Introduction to the Series. By Professor

Brewer, M.A. 1. Chaucer. The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales; The

Knightes Tale; The Nonne Prestes Tale. Edited by R. Morris Editor for the Early English Text Society, &c., &c. Third Edition. Extra fcap. 8vo.

cloth, 25. 6d. 2. Spenser's Faery Queene. Books I and II. Designed

chiefly for the use of Schools. With Introduction, Notes, and Glossary. By G. W. Kitchin, M.A., formerly Censor of Christ Church.

Book I. Fifth Edition. Extra fcap. 8vo. cloth, 2s. 6d.

Book II. Second Edition. Extra fcap. 8vo. cloth, 2s. 6d. 3. Hooker. Ecclesiastical Polity, Book I. Edited by R. W.

Church, M.A., Dean of St. Paul's, formerly Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford. Extra fcap. 8vo. cloth, 25.

[blocks in formation]


4. Shakespeare. Select Plays. Edited by W. G. Clark,

M.A., Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge; and W. Aldis Wright, M.A.,
Trinity College, Cambridge. Extra fcap. 8vo. stiff covers.

I. The Merchant of Venice. IS.
II. Richard the Second, Is. 6d.
III. Macbeth. IS. 6d.
IV. Hamlet.

V. The Tempest. By W. Aldis Wright, M.A. Is. 6d. Just Published.
5. Bacon. Advancement of Learning. Edited by W. Aldis

Wright, M.A. Extra fcap. 8vo. cloth, 45. 6d. 6. Milton. Poems. Edited by R. C. Browne, M.A., and

Associate of King's College, London. 2 vols. Second Edition, Ext. fcap. 8vo. cloth, 6s, 6d.

Sold separately, Vol. I. 45., Vol. II. 35.
7. Dryden. Stanzas on the Death of Oliver Cromwell;

Astraea Redux; Annus Mirabilis; Absalom and Achitophel; Religio Laici ;
The Hind and the Panther. Edited by W. D. Christie, M.A., Trinity College,

Cambridge. Extra fcap. 8vo. cloth, 35. 6d.
8. Bunyan. Grace Abounding: The Pilgrim's Progress.

Edited by E. Venables, M.A., Canon of Lincoln. 9. Pope. With Introduction and Notes. By Mark Pattison,

B.D., Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford.

I. Essay on Man. Second Edition. Extra fcap. 8vo. stiff covers, 15. 6d.

II. Satires and Epistles. Extra fcap. 8vo. stiff covers, 25. 10. Johnson. Rasselas; Lives of Pope and Dryden. Edited

by C. H. O. Daniel, M.A., Fellow and Tutor of Worcester College, Oxford.
11. Burke. Thoughts on the Present Discontents; the Two

Speeches on America ; Reflections on the French Revolution. By E. J. Payne,
B.A., Fellow of University College, Oxford, Vol. I. Extra fcap. Svo. cloth,

45. 6d.

Vol. II. In the Press.
12. Cowper. The Task, with Tirocinium, and some of the

Minor Poems, Vol. II. Edited by H. T. Griffith, B.A., Pembroke College,
Oxford. Ext. fcap. 8vo. cloth, 35.

Vol. I. In the Press.

Published for the University by

The DELEGATES OF THE PRESS invite suggestions and advice from all persons interested in education; and will be thankful for hints, &c., addressed to the SECRETARY TO THE DELEGATES, Clarendon Press, Oxford.


« PreviousContinue »