This 1967 book aims to provide the student and general reader with a large selection of Crabbe's poems. It includes all of the Tales of 1812, two-thirds of The Parish Register and nearly half of The Borough, besides other poems - in all, a good third of Crabbe's prolific work. The introduction offers the reader a survey of Crabbe's life and his varied poems, and takes issue with persistent prejudices about Crabbe. It traces his relationship to the Romantic Age in which he wrote most of his work, takes up moral and social elements in his writing, and raises a number of critical discussions. A bibliography and chronology of Crabbe's life are included, with a selection of Crabbe's own notes to the poems. Before this book was published, the lack of a generous selection of Crabbe's work has largely excluded him from study. This volume addresses this dearth.
Preface; Table of life and works; Introduction; Select bibliography; Part I. The Village, 1783: Book 1; Book 2; Part II. The Parish Register, 1807: Part 1; Part 3; Part III. The Borough, 1810: Letter 1. General Description; Letter 3. The Vicar - the Curate, etc.; Letter 10. Clubs and Social Meetings; Letter 11. Inns; Letter 13. The Alms-House and Trustees; Letter 14. Inhabitants of the Alms-House: Blaney; Letter 16. Inhabitants of the Alms-House: Benbow; Letter 22. The Poor of the Borough: Peter Grimes; Letter 23. Prisons; Part IV. Tales, 1812: Tale 1. The Dumb Orators; or, The Benefit of Society; Tale 2. The Parting Hour; Tale 3. The Gentleman Farmer; Tale 4. Procrastination; Tale 5. The Patron; Tale 6. The Frank Courtship; Tale 7. The Widow's Tale; Tale 8. The Mother; Tale 9. Arabella; Tale 10. the Lover's journey; Tale 11. Edward Shore; Tale 12. Squire Thomas; or, The Precipitate Choice; Tale 13. Jesse and Colin; Tale 14. The Struggles of Conscience; Tale 15. Advice; or, The Squire and the Priest; tale 16. The Confidant; Tale 17. Resentment; Tale 18. The Wager; Tale 19. The Convert; Tale 20. The Brothers; Tale 21. the Learned Boy; Part V. Infancy - A Fragment, 1816; Part VI: The World of Dreams, c. 1817; Part VII. Tales of the Hall, 1819: Book 4. Adventures of Richard; Book 9. The Preceptor Husband; Book 13. Delay Has Danger; Book 22. The Visit Concluded; Part VIII: In a Neat Cottage, 1822.