Comprehensive survey of ideas and scholars from Plato to modern times, including developments in other disciplines that have shaped literary theory and criticism. International in scope, but emphasis is on Western critical theory.
Excerpts from criticism of the works of fifteenth, sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth-century novelists, poets, playwrights, philosophers, and other creative writers, from the first published critical appraisals to current evaluations
Excerpts of criticism on novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers, philosophers, scriptwriters and other creative writers who died between 1800 and 1899. Includes first-published critical appraisals and current evaluations.