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Outlines of English and American Literature
by Long, William J.


An introduction to the chief writers of England and America, to the books they wrote, and to the times in which they lived

This is the wey to al good aventure.--CHAUCER

To my sister "Millie" in grateful remembrance of a lifelong sympathy

Preface
English Literature
Introduction: An Essay of Literature
Beginnings of English Literature
Beowulf
Anglo-Saxon Songs
Types of Saxon Poetry
Later Prose and Poetry
Bede
Cędmon
Cynewulf
Alfred the Great
Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
Anglo-Norman or Middle-English Period (1066-1350)
Geoffrey of Monmouth
Types of Middle-English Literature
Summary of Beginnings
Bibliography
The Age of Chaucer and the Revival of Learning (1350-1550)
Geoffrey Chaucer
Chaucer's Contemporaries and Successors
William Langland
Thomas Malory
William Caxton
Story of the Printing Press
Popular Ballads
Summary
Bibliography
The Elizabethan Age (1550-1620)
The Lyric Poets
Edmund Spenser
The Rise of the Drama
The Religious Drama
Moralities and Interludes
The Secular Drama
Classical and English Drama
Shakespeare's Predecessors
Christopher Marlowe
William Shakespeare
The Elizabethan Drama After Shakespeare
Ben Jonson
The Prose Writers
The Fad of Euphuism
The King James Bible
Francis Bacon
Summary
Bibliography
The Puritan Age and the Restoration (1625-1700)
John Milton
John Bunyan
John Dryden
Secondary Writers
Summary
Bibliography
Eighteenth-Century Literature
Eighteenth-Century Classicism
Alexander Pope
Jonathan Swift
Joseph Addison
Dr. Johnson and his Circle
Edmund Burke
The Historians
Gibbon
The Revival of Romantic Poetry
Oliver Goldsmith
Robert Burns
Minor Poets of Romanticism
The Early English Novel
Daniel Defoe
Samuel Richardson
Henry Fielding
Influence of the Early Novels
Summary
Bibliography
The Early Nineteenth Century
William Wordsworth
Coleridge and Southey
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Robert Southey
The Revolutionary Poets
George Gordon, Lord Byron
Percy Bysshe Shelley
John Keats
Minor Poets of Romanticism
The Work of Walter Scott
Other Fiction Writers
Jane Austen
The Critics and Essayists
Charles Lamb
Thomas de Quincey
Summary
Bibliography
The Victorian Age
I. Poets of the Victorian Age
Alfred Tennyson
Robert Browning
Other Victorian Poets
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Matthew Arnold
The Pre-Raphaelites
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
William Morris
Algernon Charles Swinburne
Songs in Many Keys
II. The Victorian Novelists
Charles Dickens
William Makepeace Thackeray
Mary Ann Evans, "George Eliot"
Other Victorian Novelists
III. Victorian Essayists and Historians
Thomas Babington Macaulay
Thomas Carlyle
John Ruskin
Summary
Bibliography
General Bibliography
Outlines of American Literature
The Pioneers and Nation-Builders
The Colonial Period
Annalists and Historians
Colonial Poetry
The Indians
Religious Writers
Cotton Mather
Jonathan Edwards
The Revolutionary Period
Benjamin Franklin
Revolutionary Poetry
Philip Freneau
Orators and Statesmen
Miscellaneous Works
Beginning of American Fiction
Summary
Bibliography
Literature of the New Nation
Knickerbocker School
Southern Writers
New England and the West
Washington Irving
William Cullen Bryant
James Fenimore Cooper
Edgar Allan Poe
Summary
Bibliography
The Period of Conflict
Social and Intellectual Changes
Literature of the Period
An Age of Poetry
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
John Greenleaf Whittier
James Russell Lowell
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Sidney Lanier
Walt Whitman
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Secondary Writers of Prose or Verse
Henry D. Thoreau
The Historians
Francis Parkman
Summary
Bibliography
The All-America Period
Contemporary History
The Short Story
Bret Harte
Cable
Typical Story-Writers
Some Recent Novelists (Realism)
Problem Novels
Popular Romances
Poetry Since 1876
Miscellaneous Prose
Nature Writers
History and Biography
Literary History
Bibliography
General Bibliography
Personae

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