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A Guide to English Literature
by F.W. Bateson
At first glance A Guide to English Literature may seem to be no more than a short bibliography of English literature with perhaps rather more extensive--and certainly more outspoken--comments on the principal editions, commentaries, biographies, and critical works than bibliographies usually provide. But it is something more: this guide contains long "inter-chapters" that ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Transaction Publishers
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[the edition I refer to in the following commentary is the 1965 ed. published by Anchor Books] I would hazard to say this is perhaps the most authoritative CONCISE "guide" to the systematic academic study of English literature ever published in the twentieth century. In fewer than 300 pages Bateson covers all the major authors, movements, genres and schools of criticism up to and including the mid-twentieth century era.The bibliographies are immensely helpful and informed by an erudition that is ...more