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The following reprint of Mr. Campbell's Essay on English Poetry, and his Prefatory Notices of the principal English Poets, has been made to supply a want which many have felt of a pocket edition of the work without the Specimens. The Essay and Notices are complete in themselves, and the real value of the work may be said to consist, not in the selection of extracts, which, from a desire not to give the same specimens as Ellis or Headley had given, is often defective and unjust, but in the beautiful discriminating character of the criticisms, and the wider feeling which the work evinces for poetry in its enlarged sense than is to be found in any other body of criticism in the English language. No work indeed of any importance on our literary history has been written since they were published without commendatory references to them. They have been appealed to by Lord Byron, applaudingly quoted by Sir Walter Scott, and frequently cited and referred to by Mr. Hallam.

For the notes distinguished throughout by brackets the present Editor is responsible, to whom, with Mr. Campbell's express approval, the revision of the second edition was intrusted. Various inaccuracies of the former editions have been removed in this—some silently, for it would have burdened the book with useless matter to have retained them in the text, and pointed them out in a note—while others, entangled in a thought, have been allowed to stand, but not without notes to stop the perpetuity of the error. Mr. Campbell is not properly chargeable with many of the inaccuracies in dates and mere minutiæ discovered since he wrote; some may be laid to the excursive nature of his task, and others to the imperfect information of the period.

The first edition of Mr. Campbell's work appeared in 1819, in 7 vols. 8vo., and the second in 1841, in one thick volume 8vo.

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LIVES OF BRITISH POETS.

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Geoffrey Chaucer 123 Alexander Hume . 165 Edward Fairfax . . 188

John Gower . . . 135 Thomas Nash. . . 166 Samuel Rowlands 190

John Lydgate . . 136 Edward Vere, Earl of John Donne . . . 190

James I. of Scotland 137: Oxford . . . . 167 | Thomas Picke . . 192

Robert Henrysone . 138 | Thomas Storer .. 168 | George Herbert . . 192

William Dunbar . . 138 | Joseph Hall . . . 168 John Marston. . . 193

Sir David Lyndsay . 139 William Warner . . 172

George Chapman. . 194

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Sir John Harrington 173 Thomas Randolph · 195

Henry Howard, Earl

Henry Perrot. . . 173 Richard Corbet. . 196

of Surrey. . . 144 Sir Thomas Overbury 173 | Thomas Middleton . 196

Lord Vaux .. . 149 | Sir Walter Raleigh . 174 Richard Niccols . . 197

Richard Edwards . 149 Joshua Sylvester . . 176 Charles Fitzgeffrey · 197

William Hunnis. . 150 Samuel Daniel . . 177 | Ben Jonson . . . 198

Thomas Sackville, Ban Giles and Phineas Thomas Carew . . 206

ron Buckhurst and Fletcher. . . . 178 Sir Henry Wotton • 207

Earl of Dorset. . 150 | Henry Constable. . 180 | William Alexander,

George Gascoigne . 152 | Nicholas Breton . . 180 Earl of Sterline . 208

John Harrington. . 153 | Dr. Thomas Lodge . 180 Nathaniel Field. 208

Sir Philip Sydney · 154 Beaumont and

Thomas Dekker . . 209

Robert Greene. 155 Fletcher. . . . 181 John Webster . . 210

Christopher Marlowe 156 Sir John Davies . . 184 John Ford . . . 210

Robert Southwell .157 Thomas Goffe. . . 185 William Rowley . . 211

Thomas Watson . . 158 Sir Fulke Greville · 185 Philip Massinger. . 212

Edmund Spenser. . 158 Sir John Beaumont . 185 Sir John Suckling . 214

John Lyly. . . . 164 | Michael Drayton. . 186 | William Cartwright . 215

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