The Critical Heritage gathers together a large body of critical sources on major figures in literature. Each volume presents contemporary responses to a writer's work, enabling students and researchers to read for themselves, for example, comments on early performances of Shakespeare's plays, or reactions to the first publication of Jane Austen's novels. The carefully selected sources range from landmark essays in the history of criticism to journalism and contemporary opinion, and little published documentary material such as letters and diaries. Significant pieces of criticism from later periods are also included, in order to demonstrate the fluctuations in an author's reputation. Each volume contains an introduction to the writer's published works, a selected bibliography, and an index of works, authors and subjects. The Collected Critical Heritage set will be available as a set of 68 volumes and the series will also be available in mini sets selected by period (in slipcase boxes) and as individual volumes.

chapter |86 pages


part |2 pages

Note on the Text

chapter 243|24 pages

Francis Gentleman, commentary on Shakespeare

part 244|2 pages

ALEXANDER GERARD, on Shakespeare’s genius, 1774

chapter 250|11 pages

WILLIAM COOKE, Shakespeare’s language, 1775

chapter 269|8 pages

Unsigned essay, Hamlet defends himself, 1782

chapter 271|10 pages

B.WALWYN, Shakespearian comedy, 1782

chapter 278|18 pages

Unsigned article, notes on Shakespeare, 1785

chapter 285|10 pages

J.P.KEMBLE, in defence of Macbeth, 1786

chapter 287|7 pages

HENRY MACKENZIE, on Falstaff, 1786

chapter 293|20 pages

THOMAS ROBERTSON, on Hamlet, 1788

chapter 295|21 pages

Unsigned essay, on Julius Caesar, 1789

chapter 299|35 pages

EDMOND MALONE, edition of Shakespeare, 1790

chapter 300|11 pages

W.N., on Othello, 1791

chapter 301|6 pages

JAMES BOSWELL, Johnson on Shakespeare, 1791

part 307|2 pages

William Richardson, further thoughts on Hamlet