Translated from German by Horace Kennedy, ten Brink's book sets out to further a historical understanding of English literature while introducing it to a wider audience. Beginning with the coming of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in the fifth century, and on through the transitions in language after the Norman Conquest, this detailed history traces the development of English literature from the poems of Caedmon and Beowulf to Langland's Piers Plowman.
About the Author
Bernhard ten Brink (1841–1892), a German philologist and scholar, was the professor of modern languages at University of Marburg and Professor of English at University of Strassburg. He is considered a founder of Modern English Studies. Among his writings is Chaucer: Studien zur Geschichte seiner Entwickelung und zur Chronologie seiner Schriften (1877).