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KIRKUS REVIEW

This most important development in the Viking Portables has been some time in the making and is a significant achievement in scholarship and editorial acumen. The poet Auden, the critic Norman Pearson, have combined their qualifications to reassess our heritage of great poetry for a completely new basic collection, in five volumes. Vol. I-Langland to Spenser; Vol. V. Tennyson to Yeats- and the intervening volumes span the centuries between, British and American, lyric, dramatic, epic, narrative. The general principles of selection are defined as picturing the poetical tradition. The arrangement is fundamentally historical. The texts appear in their contemporary form, except as they demand modification (of spelling, punctuation, etc.) for clarity today. There is no attempt to supply biographical data other than dates, and accompanying tables for historical perspective. In many instances- where most anthologies would not consider inclusion of the full text, inclusions are given in full. For example, there are two Canterbury Tales; the whole of Anthony and Cleapatra of Samson Agonistes of The hubaivat etc. Think of this five volume unit as essential for public libraries with limited funds, school libraries, private libraries where space is at a premium; as ideal graduation gifts, wedding gifts, and so on. Incidentally, there is to be a de luxe edition-boxed- $17.50.

Pub Date: Sept. 29th, 1950
Publisher: Viking