Edited by B.C. Southam
Routledge – 1997 – 2,228 pages
The Collected Critical Heritage II comprises 40 volumes covering 19th and 20th century European and American authors. These volumes will be available as a complete set, mini boxed sets (by theme) or as individual volumes.
This second set compliments the first 68 volume set of Critical Heritage published by Routledge in October 1995.
The Critical Heritage series gathers together a large body of critical sources on major figures in literature. These carefully selected sources include:
* contemporary reviews from both popular and literary media. In these students can read about how Lady Chatterly's Lover shocked contemporary reviewers or what Ibsen's Doll's House meant to the early women's movement.
* little-published documentary material such as diaries and correspondence - often between authors and their publishers and critics.
* significant pieces of criticism from later periods are also included, in order to demonstrate the fluctuations in an author's reputation.