This book is intended for students of English literature at `A' level and above; general readers interested in a complete history of literature from Middle English to the earlier twentieth century.
'as a reference work and as a guide to what is there it will take its highly honourable place with the other volumes in the series'
Bernard Riches, Brasenose College, Oxford Prose Studies, Vol.13, No.2, Sept '90
'this very readable and enjoyable work amply vindicates the value of historical and biographical criticism in literary studies'
R. L. Brett, University of Hull, The Review of English Studies, Volume XLII, Number 165 February 1991