The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
Volume III. Renascence and Reformation.

XIV. Elizabethan Criticism



Haslewood, Joseph. Ancient Critical Essays upon English Poets and Poesy. 2 vols. 1811–15.

Smith, George Gregory. Elizabethan Critical Essays. 2 vols. Oxford, 1904.


Ascham, R. Toxophilus. 1545. Ed. by Arber, E. Birmingham, 1861. The Scholemaster. 1570. Ed. by Arber. Birmingham, 1870. Toxophilus, Scholemaster, etc. Ed. Aldis Wright, W. Cambridge, 1904. Works. Ed. Giles, J. A. 4 vols. in 3. 1864–5. See also Smith, G. Gregory, above.

Campion, Thomas. Observations in the Art of English Poesy. 1602. Reprinted in Bullen’s Works of Campion, 1889, and in Smith, G. Gregory.

Carew, Richard. The Excellency of The English Tongue. First printed by Camden in Remains. Reprinted from MS. by Smith, G. Gregory.

Caxton, W. Collected Prefaces in A. W. Pollard’s Fifteenth Century Prose and Verse [enlarged from Arber’s English Garner]. 1903.

Chapman, George. Prefaces to the two instalments of his Homer, printed in 1598. Reprinted in Chapman’s Works, 3 vols. 1875; and in Smith.

Daniel, Samuel. A Defence of Rhyme. n.d. Reprinted in Grosart’s Works of Daniel, 4 vols. 1885–96; in Haslewood and in Smith, G. Gregory.

Drayton, Michael. Note “To the Reader” in The Barons’ Wars. 1603.

Gascoigne, George. Notes of Instruction. In Posies of George Gascoigne. 1575. Reprinted by Arber with others of Gascoigne’s Works, 1868; Smith, G. Gregory, op. cit. Ed. Cunliffe, J. W. Cambridge, 1907.

Gosson, Stephen. The School of Abuse. 1579. Reprinted by Arber, Birmingham, 1868.

Harington, Sir John. Orlando Furioso. 1591. Preface reprinted in Smith.

Harvey, Gabriel. Letters, as below under Spenser. Four Letters touching Robert Greene. 1592. Pierce’s Supererogation. 1593. A New Letter of Notable Contents. 1593. Works. Ed. Grosart, A. B. 3 vols. Privately printed, 1884. Extracts in Smith, G. Gregory.

E. K. [Kirke, Edmund]. Introduction and notes to Shepheards Calender. 1579. In nearly all edd. of Spenser: also in Smith, G. Gregory.

Lodge, Thomas. Defence of Poetry etc. 1579. Reprinted in Works of T. L., ed. Gosse, E., Hunterian Club, Glasgow, 1872–82; in Elizabethan and Jacobean Pamphlets, 1892; and in Smith, G. Gregory.

Meres, Francis. Palladis Tamia. 1598. Sections reprinted in Arber’s English Garner, in Smith, G. Gregory, etc.

Mirror for Magistrates, A. 1559. See bibliography to Chap. ix, ante.

Nashe, Thomas. Preface to Sidney’s Astrophel and Stella. 1591. Strange News or Four Letters Confuted. 1592. Extracts in Smith, G. Gregory, [See also the epistle addressed to the gentlemen students of both universities, prefixed to Greene’s Menaphon.]

Puttenham?, George? or Richard?. The Arte of English Poesie. Contriued into three Bookes: The first of Poets and Poesie, the second of Proportion, the third of Ornament. At London Printed by Richard Field, dwelling in the black-Friers, neere Ludgate. 1589. Reprinted in Haslewood and Smith, and by Arber, Birmingham, 1869.

Sidney, Sir Philip. In 1595 appeared two editions of the same work differing chiefly in the titles, The Defence of Poesy, printed for W. Ponsonby, and An Apologie for Poetrie. Written by the right noble, vertuous, and learned, Sir Phillip Sidney, Knight. Odi profanum vulgus, et arceo. At London, Printed for Henry Olney, and are to be sold at his shop in Paules Churchyard, at the signe of the George neere to Cheapgate. The treatise was added to Arcadia in 1598. It has in modern times been reprinted by Arber, E., Birmingham, 1868; by Shuckburgh, E., Cambridge, 1891 ff.; by Cook, A. S., Boston, U. S. A. (1901); by Rhys, E., in Literary Pamphlets, 1897; by J. Churton Collins, Oxford, 1907; and by Smith, G. Gregory.

Spenser, E., in Two and Three Letters, in two publications, 1580, between himself and Harvey. Reprinted in several editions of Spenser; in Grosart’s Works of Harvey, vol. 1 (Huth Library, 1884); and, so far as concerns criticism, in Smith, G. Gregory.

Stanyhurst, Richard. The First Four Books of Virgil’s Aeneis. Leyden, 1582. Reprinted by Arber, English Scholar’s Library, 1880; extracts from Dedication and Preface in Smith, G. Gregory.

Webbe, William. A Discourse of English Poetrie. Together with the Author’s judgment, touching the reformation of our English Verse. 1586. Reprinted in Haslewood and Smith, and by Arber, 1870 ff.

Whetstone, George. Promos and Cassandra. 1578. Dedication in Smith, G. Gregory.

Wilson, Thomas. The Art of Rhetoric. 1551 or 1553; 1562.


Gayley, C. M. and Scott, F. N. An Introduction to the Methods and Materials of Literary Criticism. Boston, 1901.

Saintsbury, G. History of Criticism. Vol. II, bk IV, chap. V. Edinburgh and London, 1902.

Schelling, F. E. Poetic and Verse Criticism of the reign of Elizabeth. Pub. Univ. of Pennsylvania, 1891.

Spingarn, J. E. A History of Literary Criticism in the Renaissance. Part III. New York and London, 1899.

Rhys, E. The Prelude to Poetry. The English Poets in the Defence and Praise of their own art. 1894 (?).

Wylie, L. J. Studies in the Evolution of English Criticism. Boston, 1894.