Comprises of individual volumes on: Dante, Geoffrey Chaucer (2 volumes), Sir Thomas Malory, John Skelton and Edmund Spenser.
The Critical Heritage gathers together a large body of critical sources on major figures in literature. Each volume presents contemporary responses to a writer's work, enabling students and researchers to read for themselves, for example, comments on early performances of Shakespeare's plays, or reactions to the first publication of Jane Austen's novels.
The carefully selected sources range from landmark essays in the history of criticism to journalism and contemporary opinion, and little published documentary material such as letters and diaries. Significant pieces of criticism from later periods are also included, in order to demonstrate the fluctuations in an author's reputation.
Each volume contains an introduction to the writer's published works, a selected bibliography, and an index of works, authors and subjects.
The Collected Critical Heritage will be available as a set of 68 volumes and the series will also be available in mini sets selected by period (in slipcase boxes) and as individual volumes. Publication: October 1995.
'The synthesis of material from many different periods allows an appreciation of author's changing reputations. Expert introductions, select bibliographies and indices creates an indispensable reference work for any student of medieval literature.' - Oxbow Books