but presented in a manner that offers nothing n e w to those familiar with Zagorin's work, and without contextual commentary to help those n e w to the author. David Tulloch Department ofHistory Victoria University of Wellington Zwicker, Steven N . ed., The Cambridge Companion to English Literature 16501740, Cambridge, University of Cambridge Press, 1998; paper; pp. xxiii, 334; 5 b/w illustrations; R R P AUS$33.95; I S B N 0521564883. As a relatively recent genre, literary 'companions' function both as referen works, providing introductions and knowledge about contexts, and as critical compendia, exemplifying and contributing to the relevant and current critical debates. To declare that the present volume fulfils these mixed expectations in relation to a diffuse period of English literary history is to m a k e a point m u c h in its favour. Chronologies of 'Events and Texts' and 'Contemporary Lives', and an index which lists authors, texts, historical periods ('Interregnum'), events ('Popish Plot') and causes ('Jacobitism'), help to meet the demand for a work of reference. The Companion ensures inclusivity by approaching its material from two directions: seven commissioned essays deal with 'Contexts and Modes' and seven with named writers. Each
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