Synopses & Reviews
This is the first extensive one-volume selection of Bacon's English writings in over 90 years. The latest addition to The Oxford Authors series, it includes all the major literary writings on which his reputation rests--the Advancement of Learning, the Essays (in their first and last versions), and the New Atlantis. It also includes sixteen other works not reprinted for over a century, which show Bacon's remarkable all-round abilities in politics, law, theology, and poetry. The selections are annotated in more detail than in any other edition, with particular emphasis on explaining Bacon's language.
"Excellent....Certain to replace the Modern Library collection...as the standard anthology....Vickers has gone far beyond the call the normal compilatory duty for such a volume....This exemplary one-volume Bacon has to be judge a 'must' for academic libraries; highly recommended for larger public libraries."--Choice
"This is an ideal book for independent readers to acquaint themselves with Bacon, wise, and, in its terms, complete."--Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900
About the Author
About the Editor:
Brian Vickers is Professor of English Literature and Director of the Centre for Renaissance Studies at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zurich.