The initial study for his monumental ten-volume English Writers series, this 1873 survey reached a circulation of 34,000 by the time of the author’s death. It begins with the Celts, the first English, and the era of Chaucer, then moves from the fifteenth century to the reign of Elizabeth (including Shakespeare and his time), commonwealth and revolution, to William III, Anne, and Victoria.
About the Author
Henry Morley (1822-1894) was one of the first professors of English literature. Born in London, he practiced medicine before turning to literature, contributing to Charles Dickens’s Household Words and All the Year Around. His works include the influential ten-volume English Writers (1864-1894) and biographies of Bernard Palissy, Cornelius Agrippa, Girolamo Cardano, and Clement Marot.