I've not seen the advance proofs of this, but simply a brochure containing some introductory material, Table of Contents, sample pages. The format- with topical headings in the margins- inevitably suggest a textbook. But a reading of the samples of text indicates scholarship plus readability, an authoritative and comprehensive covering of all phases of English literature, set against England's life and growth. The material is divided into five sections:- The Old English Period, by Kemp Malone of Johns Hopkins; The Middle English Period by Albert C. Baugh, University of Pennsylvania; The Renaissance, by Tucker Brooke, Yale; The Restoration and 18th Century, by George Sherburn, Harvard; and The 19th Century and After, by Samuel C. Chew, Bryn Mawr. Each man is an established authority in the field, and has sought harmony in presentation rather than uniformity, as best suited to handling the particular periods assigned.