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.

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chapter |2 pages

Note on the Text

chapter 2|2 pages

Unsigned review, Athenaeum, June 1880

chapter 3|3 pages

Frederic Harrison, letter, July 1880

chapter 4|1 pages

George Saintsbury, Academy, July 1880

chapter 8|3 pages

Unsigned review, Evening News, June 1884

chapter 9|1 pages

Arthur R. R. Barker, Academy, June 1884

chapter 10|2 pages

Unsigned review, Graphic, September 1884

chapter 15|2 pages

Unsigned review, The Times, April 1886

chapter 16|1 pages

Unsigned review, Athenaeum, April 1886

chapter 17|4 pages

Unsigned review, Spectator, April 1886

chapter 23|1 pages

Unsigned review, Scotsman, July 1886

chapter 24|2 pages

James Ashcroft Noble, Academy, July 1886

chapter 27|1 pages

Unsigned review, Athenaeum, May 1887

chapter 35|1 pages

Unsigned review, Athenaeum, December 1888

chapter 38|2 pages

Unsigned review, Spectator, February 1889

chapter 40|2 pages

Unsigned review, Court Journal, April 1889

chapter 47|1 pages

G. Barnett Smith, Academy, April 1890

chapter 50|3 pages

Unsigned review, Spectator, August 1894

chapter 53|2 pages

Unsigned review, Court Journal, April 1891

chapter 54|1 pages

Unsigned review, World, April 1891

chapter 57|1 pages

Unsigned review, Saturday Review, May 1891

chapter 58|1 pages

Unsigned review, Spectator, May 1891

chapter 66|1 pages

Unsigned review, The Times, March 1892

chapter 68|2 pages

Unsigned review, Speaker, May 1892

chapter 69|1 pages

Unsigned review, Morning Post, May 1892

chapter 70|2 pages

Unsigned review, Daily Chronicle, May 1892

chapter 72|2 pages

Unsigned review, The Times, July 1892

chapter 74|2 pages

George Cotterell, Academy, July 1892

chapter 78|1 pages

Unsigned review, Athenaeum, May 1893

chapter 84|3 pages

L. F. Austin, Sketch, January 1895

chapter 85|1 pages

Unsigned review, Athenaeum, January 1895

chapter 88|4 pages

Unsigned review, Spectator, February 1895

chapter 92|3 pages

Unsigned review, Daily Chronicle, May 1895

chapter 93|1 pages

George Cotterell, Academy, May 1895

chapter 96|1 pages

H. G. Wells, Saturday Review, January 1896

chapter 97|1 pages

Unsigned review, Athenaeum, January 1896

chapter 98|1 pages

George Cotterell, Academy, February 1896

chapter 100|1 pages

Unsigned review, Daily News, January 1896

chapter 102|1 pages

Percy Addleshaw, Academy, February 1896

chapter 103|2 pages

H. G. Wells, Saturday Review, April 1896

chapter 107|3 pages

Review, Bookman (London), May 1897

chapter 108|3 pages

Unsigned review, Academy, May 1897

chapter 111|1 pages

Herbert Paul, Nineteenth Century, May 1897

chapter 112|5 pages

Henry James, Harper's Weekly, July 1897

chapter 113|11 pages

H. G. Wells, Contemporary Review, August 1897

chapter 117|2 pages

Unsigned review, The Times, February 1898

chapter 119|3 pages

W. E. Henley, Outlook (London), March 1898

chapter 120|2 pages

Unsigned review, Literature, March 1898

chapter 133|2 pages

Unsigned review, Literature, November 1899

chapter 139|2 pages

Henry Harland, Daily Chronicle, June 1901

chapter 140|1 pages

Unsigned Review, Literature, June 1901

chapter 141|1 pages

Unsigned review, Academy, June 1901

chapter 142|2 pages

Unsigned review, The Times, June 1901

chapter 144|3 pages

Unsigned review, Academy, June 1901

chapter 145|2 pages

Unsigned review, Literature, June 1901

chapter 150|1 pages

Unsigned review, Spectator, October 1902

chapter 155|2 pages

Unsigned review, Athenaeum, February 1903

chapter 157|2 pages

Unsigned review, Academy, March 1903

chapter 158|3 pages

Unsigned review, Pilot, March 1903

chapter 160|2 pages

Unsigned review, Week's Survey, July 1903

chapter 172|1 pages

Unsigned review, Critic (New York), May 1905

chapter 175|1 pages

Unsigned review, Morning Leader, June 1905

chapter 177|1 pages

Unsigned review, Athenaeum, July 1905

chapter 178|3 pages

Edward Garnett, Speaker, July 1905

chapter 181|3 pages

R. A. Scott-James, Daily News, May 1906

chapter 183|3 pages

Edward Garnett, Speaker, May 1906

chapter 184|2 pages

Arthur Waugh, Daily Chronicle, May 1906

chapter 185|1 pages

Unsigned review, Glasgow Herald, May 1906

chapter 189|1 pages

James Joyce on Gissing, November 1906