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IV. CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE OF ENGLISH
HISTORY AND LITERATURE IN JOHN-
1701–1714. Queen Anne. 1709. The Tatler. 1711. The Spectator. 1714-1727. George I. 1715–1774. Louis XV., King of France. 1715. First Jacobite Rising under “James III.,” or “ The Old
Pretender." 1715. Pope's Iliad. 1723. Pope's Odyssey. 1726. Swift's Gulliver's Travels. 1727-1760. George II. 1730. Thomson's Seasons. 1732. Pope's Essay on Man. 1740–1786. Frederick II., “the Great," King of Prussia. 1740-1780. Maria Theresa, “ The Empress Queen” of Austria
and Hungary. 1740-1748. War of the Austrian Succession. (In America called
King George's War.) 1740. Richardson's Pamela.
1742. Fielding's Joseph Andrews. 1745–1746. Second Jacobite Rising under Charles Edward,
“ The Young Pretender.” 1748. Richardson's Clarissa Harlowe. 1749. Fielding's Tom Jones. 1751. Gray's Elegy. 1754. Hume's History of England. 1756. Burke's Sublime and Beautiful. 1756–1763. Seven Years' War. (In America called the French
and Indian War.) 1759. Sterne's Tristram Shandy. 1760–1820. George III. 1765. The Stamp Act. 1766. Goldsmith's Vicar of Wakefield. 1769. Letters of Junius. 1770. Goldsmith's Deserted Village. 1773. Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer. 1775. Battle of Lexington. Sheridan's Rivals. 1776. Declaration of Independence. Gibbon's Decline and
Fall of the Roman Empire. 1777. Sheridan's School for Scandal. 1783. Peace with America.
Adams, Charles : Life Sketches of Macaulay.
Bagehot: Estimate of Some Englishmen and Scotchmen.
(2) JOHNSON AND HIS PERIOD Boswell: Life of Johnson. (The best edition is that of G.
Birkbeck Hill.) Carlyle : Essay on Boswell's Life of Johnson. (Extracts are
given in the Appendix.) D'Arblay, Mme. : Diary and Letters and Early Journals. Gosse : History of Eighteenth Century Literature. Grant: Johnson. (Great Writers Series.) Green: Short History of the English People. Hawkins : Life of Johnson. Hill, G. B.: Dr. Johnson, his Friends and his Critics. Lecky: History of England in the Eighteenth Century. Macaulay : Essays on Addison, Walpole, Earl of Chatham,
Goldsmith, Madame d'Arblay, and Croker's Boswell.
Nichol: Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth Century.
part the correspondence of Johnson and Mrs. Thrale.) Stephen : Johnson (English men of Letters Series) ; Hours in
a Library; History of English Thought in the Eighteenth
VI. NOTE ON METHODS OF STUDY
It is impossible to lay down any method of study for this work which would suit even the majority of teachers or classes. Every teacher of English who is worth anything will have his own method of imbuing his pupils with a knowledge and love of the master works of our literature. The main point is to make the study interesting. A dry method, though it may be scholarly and thorough, with secondary school pupils at least, often defeats its own end. It makes no lasting impression. All the average pupil acquires is an extreme dislike for oựr classic literature. I well remember with what diabolical glee I burnt my Virgil when its study was completed — that Virgil which, in after years, I read with intense delight.
Macaulay's Life of Johnson is such a good narrative, so clearly and vivaciously told, that the pupils, if they are not at first bothered with technical points of style, will read it through with much pleasure. Those notes which give extracts from Boswell and other authorities on Johnson, and characteristic