Read the chapters on this period in Gardiner, 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 (6
Masson’s Poetical Works of John
Milton, 3 vols., contains
excellent introductions and notes, and is the standard edition.
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
Spectator, are suggestive.
SUGGESTED READINGS WITH QUESTIONS AND SUGGESTIONS
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, 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.