This new series re-publishes facsimiles of scarce verse anthologies and literary histories that changed the intellectual and imaginative culture of the eighteenth century, and which decisively influenced the development of the Gothic, Romantic, and Pre-Raphaelite movements.
Each set contains new critical introductions.
Alexander Pope and his Critics
Warton's History of English Poetry
A Collection of Poems by Several Hands
Reliques of Ancient English Poetry
By Adam Rounce
January 15, 2004
Warton's Essay on the Genius and Writings of Pope was one of the most influential critical works of the eighteenth century. Warton's sustained commentary on the most significant English poet of the century was read as both a promotion of Pope's literary genius, and an attack on it, and as such ...
By David Fairer
December 27, 2000
This set publishes two of the most influential critical works of the eighteenth century together for the first time. Richard Hurd's Letters on Chivalry and Romance and the second (enlarged) edition of Thomas Warton's Observations on the Fairy Queen appeared within a few months of each other in 1762...
By David Fairer
February 23, 1998
Thomas Warton's History of English Poetry (1774-81) was the great pioneering work of English literary history. Telling the story from the Norman Conquest to the beginning of the seventeenth century, Warton's volumes gave Britain a first real sense of the full richness of its literary past. For the ...
By Robert Dodsley
August 07, 1997
This was the best-selling poetry anthology of the eighteenth century, edited by the most celebrated publisher of the era, Alexander Pope's protege, Robert Dodsley. It includes poems by Samuel Johnson, Thomas Gray, David Garrick, Lady Mary Wortley Montague, Horace Walpole, Joseph and Thomas Warton, ...
September 06, 1996
The Reliques is a collection of ballads, songs, romances and historical poetry, annotated with Percy's literary-antiquarian observations. It is a seminal text in English literature, one that profoundly influenced writers from Thomas Chatterton to Wordsworth, Coleridge and Keats and the ...