Each Macmillan Casebook concerns a classic of English Literature or a significant modern work. (Occasional volumes in the series will deal with closely related works.) Each Casebook brings together the best of modern criticism, along with a generous selection of earlier review and comment and any useful information that readers might need. The Introduction discusses the critical reputation of the work from the time of its publication to the present day. Each volume aims to give its readers a heightened sense of the interest and vitality of the work under discussion, and of the value of a critical response.
A. E. DYSON, the general editor of the series, is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of East Anglia, and the author of The Crazy Fabric, The Inimitable Dickens and Between Two Worlds: Aspects of Life and Literary Form.