From Blake to Byron Author:Boris Ford The series of which this volume forms part is not a "Bradshaw" or a "Whitaker's Almanack" of information; nor has it been designed on the lines of the standard Histories of Literature. It is intended for those many thousands of general readers who accept with genuine respect what is known as our 'literary heritage', but who might none the less h... more »esitate to describe intimately the work of such writers as Pope, George Eliot, Langland, Marvell, Yeats, Tourneur, Hopkins, Crabbe, or D. H. Lawrence, or to fit them into any larger pattern of growth and development. It is with such readers in mind that this guide to the history and traditions of our literature, this contour-map of the literary scene, has been planned. It attempts to draw up an ordered account of literature that is concerned, first and foremost, with value for the present, and this as a direct encouragement to people to read for themselves.
This fifth volume covers the period from William Blake to Lord Byron. It begins with an account of the social and intellectual context of English literature during this, the Romantic, period, followed by a survey of the literature itself. The rest of the book is made up of a series of essays dealing in detail with Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Crabbe, Keats, Shelley, Byron, Burns, Jane Austen, Scott, and the Essayists. Finally the volume contains an Appendix of biographies and bibliographies.« less