Halleck's New English Literature eBook

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Read the chapters on this period in Gardiner,[12] Walker, Cheney, Lingard, or Green.  For the social life, see Traill, IV.  The monumental history of this time has been written in eighteen volumes by Samuel Rawson Gardiner.  His Oliver Cromwell, I vol., is excellent, as is also Frederick Harrison’s Oliver Cromwell.


  The Cambridge History of English Literature, Vol.  VII.

  Courthope’s History of English Poetry, Vol.  III.

  Masterman’s The Age of Milton.

  Saintsbury’s A History of Elizabethan Literature (comes down to

  Dowden’s Puritan and Anglican Studies in Literature.

  Dictionary of National Biography_ (for lives of minor writers).

  Froude’s John Bunyan.

  Brown’s John Bunyan, his Life, Times, and Works.

  Macaulay’s Life of Bunyan in Encylopaedia Britannica or in his

  Macaulay’s Essay on Southey’s Edition of the Pilgrim’s Progress.

  Masson’s The Life of John Milton, Narrated in Connection with the
  Political, Ecclesiastical, and Literary history of his Time

  Masson’s Poetical Works of John Milton, 3 vols., contains
  excellent introductions and notes, and is the standard edition.

  Raleigh’s Milton.

  Pattison’s Milton. (E.M.L.)

  Woodhull’s The Epic of Paradise Lost.

  Macaulay’s Essay on Milton.

  Lowell’s Milton (in Among My Books).

  Addison’s criticisms on Milton, beginning in number 267 of The
, are suggestive.


Prose.—­The student will obtain a fair idea of the prose of this age by reading Milton’s Areopagitica, Cassell’s National Library (15 cents), or Temple Classics (45 cents); Craik,[13] II., 471-475; the selections from Thomas Hobbes, Craik, II., 214-221; from Thomas Fuller, Craik, II., 377-387; from Sir Thomas Browne, Craik, II., 318-335; from Jeremy Taylor, Craik, II., 529-542; and from Izaak Walton, Craik, II., 343-349.  Manly, II., has selections from all these writers; the Oxford Treasury and Century, from all but Hobbes.  The student who has the time will wish to read The Complete Angler entire (Cassell’s National Library, 15 cents; or Temple Classics, 45 cents).

Compare (a) the sentences, (b) general style, and (c) worth of the subject matter of these authors; then, to note the development of English prose, in treatment of subject as well as in form, compare these works with those of (1) Wycliffe and Mandeville in the fourteenth century, (2) Malory in the fifteenth, and (3) Tyndale, Lyly, Sidney, Hooker, and Bacon (e.g. essay Of Study, 1597), in the sixteenth.

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