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English Literature

Outside United States & Canada

Treat 820-828 exactly as shown on the preceding pages for 810-818 (American Literature in English).

The basic genre numbers are:

Poetry 821
Drama 822
Fiction 823
Essays 824
Speeches 825
Letters 826
Satire and humor 827
Miscellaneous writings 828

For example:

James Joyce; a Study in Technique by Siser Chatterjee 823
James Joyce: Ulysses by Michael Mason 823
James Joyce, His First Forty Years by Herbert S. Gorman 823
Best secret service stories edited by John Walden 823.08
India in English fiction by Irene Bostrom 823.09

Exceptions to the above are listed below:

  1. Use the special UIUC Literature scheme for Milton found on the following 5 leaves for works both by and about the poet.
  2. For works by or about Shakespeare, use the table in the Dewey schedules under 822.33, but note the following addition to that table between B (Biography) and D (Critical appraisal): C (Biographic collateral and source material). This C division has received considerable use in the past and merits retention. Also, under Y (Poems), delete "Use of these numbers is optional."
  3. The table for 829 Anglo-Saxon (Old English) literature has been shortened compared to Dewey 16. Since we used all of the subdivisions in the earlier table, we will continue to use it; a reproduction of the table follows:
829 Old English (Anglo-Saxon) literature
.1 Poetry
.2 Caedmon
.3 Beowulf
.4 Cynewulf
.5 Homilies and other religious literature
.6 Aelfric
.7 Alfred the Great
.8 Miscellaneous writings
.9 Historical and biographical writings

Milton Classification and Author Table

821M64 is used for all books by and about John Milton.

Author Table
A Bibliography. Use for bibliography of individual works also.
B Biography. Criticism, Authorship controversies, Milton's learning and influence.
C Iconography. Personal and biographical, including Milton, family, friends, and home.
D Works referring to Milton; e.g., a contemporary diary mentioning Milton.  In general, classify with the subject. *  (Fiction may be classified here.)
E Books owned by Milton.  Photographs of books owned by him or annotated in his own hand may be classed here or with the subject. *
F Books by and about Milton's relatives. Cutter from person con­cerned. Take work mark from author.
G Concordances, dictionaries, etc.  (Preferred for those relating to individual works as well as for general concordances, etc.)
I Complete works.
K-S Collected and individual poetical and prose works.
T Works ascribed to Milton.
U Works edited or annotated by Milton. *  (Here belongs Raleigh's Secrets of state.)
V Illustrations of Milton's works.  Cutter from artist.  If entry is Milton, classify as text.
W All imitations of Milton, including those of individual works. *
*If classified with the subject, a "shelved with" label may be used.

Arrangement of works

Under A-B, D-E, G, U and W, arrange alphabetically by author, using Cutter numbers; when necessary, add work-mark.

Milton and the revolutionary reader by Sharon Achinstein 821M64
Milton, the Bible and misogyny by Philip J. Gallager 821M64

Under I, K-S: Arrange texts chronologically by adding date to book number. If the book number consists of a letter with a numeral or of a letter sometimes followed by a numeral, the date forms the 3rd line of the call number; in the case of I and K, which are never followed by a numeral, the date completes the 2nd line of call number.

K-3: Collected and Individual Poetical and Prose Works
K Poetical works
L Minor poems
L1 English poems, exclusive of the Sonnets.
L12 L' Allegro. L' Allegro with II Penseroso.
L13 Il penseroso.
L14 Arcades.
L15 Comus.
L16 Lycidas.
L17 On the morning of Christ's nativity.
L3 Sonnets.
LJ5 Italian poems.
L5 Translations.
L7 Latin poems.
L71 De auctore testimonia.
L73 Elegiarum liber.
L75 Sylvarum liber.
L755 Epitaphium Damonis.
M Major poems.
M1 Paradise lost. Paradise lost with Paradise regained. Paradise lost with Paradise regained and Samson Agonistes.
M2 Works about Paradise lost.
M3 Paradise regained. Paradise regained with Samson Agonistes (usually  with inclusion of the Minor poems)
M4 Works about Paradise regained.
M5 Samson Agonistes.
M6 Works about Samson Agonistes.
N Collected prose works.
N1 Academic exercises.
N2 Familiar letters.
N3 Anti-episcopal tracts.
N32 Marshall, Stephen, and others in An answer to a book entitled 'An humble remonstrance' ... by Snectymnuus. (Draft of Postscript to this was probably written by Milton)  If classified with subject, a "shelved with" label may be used.
N33 Of reformation touching church discipline.
N34 Of prelatical episcopacy.
N35 Animadversions upon the remonstrant's defence.
N36 The reason of church government.
N37 An apology against a pamphlet.
N4 Divorce tracts.
N41 The doctrine and discipline of divorce.
N42 The judgement of Martin Bucer. If classified with subject, a "shelved with" label may be used.
N43 Tetrachordon.
N44 Colasterion.
N5 Educational works.
N53 Of education.
N55 Accedence commec't grammar.
N57 Artis logicae plenior institutio.
N6 Areopagitica.
N9 The tenure of kings.
O Work done as a government official.
O15 Observations.
O27 Letters, translated into Latin or written by Milton, in his capacity as a government official. If classified with subject, a "shelved with" label may be used.
P Regicide controversies.
P1 The Eikon basilike controversy.
P16 Eikonoklastes.
P2 The Salmasius controversy.
P23 Pro populo anglicano defensio.
P27 Phillips, John. Responsio ad apologiam anonymi.  (Milton helped Phillips in the writing of this) If classified with subject, a "shelved with" label may be used.
P3 The Morus controversy.
P33 Pro populo anglicano defensio secunda.
P37 Pro se defensio contra Alexandrum Morum.
Q Historical works.
Q1 The history of Britain.
Q11 Character of the Long parliament.
Q3 A brief history of Moscovia.
R Pamphlets, 1653-74.
R1 A letter to a gentleman in the country.
R2 A treatise of civil power in ecclesiatical causes.
R3 Considerations touching the likeliest means to remove hirelings.
R4 A letter to a friend, concerning the ruptures of the Commonwealth.
R5 The readie & easie way.
R6 The present means.
R7 Brief notes upon a late sermon.
R8 Of true religion.
R9 A declaration, or Letters patents of the election of ... King of
S1 De doctrina christiana.
S2 Works about De doctrina Christiana.
S5 Commonplace book.

Under I, K-S:

  1. Arrange texts chronologically by adding date to book number. If the book number consists of a letter with a numeral or of a letter sometimes followed by a numeral, the date forms the 3rd line of the call number; in the case of I and K, which are never followed by a numeral, the date completes the 2nd line of call number.

    Milton, John.
    Poems upon several occasions ...
    London, 1785.
    Milton, John.
    Comus ...
    London, 1799.
    Milton, John.
    The works ... London, 1851.
    Milton, John.
    The poetical works ... London, 1695.

    When the date in the book is in the Old style at the season when that differs from the New style, give the New style, give the New style date in the call no., and, in the imprint, give the date as it appears in the book, followed by the New style date in brackets.

    Hall, Joseph, bp. of Norwich.
    Humble remonstrance ...
    London, 1640 [i.e. 1641, New style]
  2. Arrange translations of texts alphabetically by language, then by date.


    Milton, John.
    Il Paradiso perduto, tradotto in verso
    italiano da F. Mariottini. Londra, 1796.
  3. Arrange criticism of individual works alphabetically by author. Use T, after the book number, followed by the author's initial. In the case of the Major poems, an even number is assigned for works about the text, hence 1 is omitted and the author's initial, in lower case, follows the assigned even number.


    Baldwin, Edward Chauncey.
    A note on II Penseroso ...
    Baltimore, 1918.
    Baldwin, Edward Chauncey.
    A note on Paradise lost, IX.
    Baltimore, 1917.
  4. Selections are treated as editions of the work from which they are taken. Adaptations, etc., if they reproduce Milton's text verbatim, even in abridged form, are classified with editions of that text, otherwise with imitations.

    Milton, John.
    Selections from the prose works ...
    Ed. by James J. G. Graham. London, 1870.
    Milton, John.
    Comus: a masque. As performed at the Theatre-Royal in Convent-Garden. The alterations by George Colman, esq. ...
    London, 1777.
    Hopkins, John.
    Milton's Paradise lost imitated in rhyme ...
    By Mr. John Hopkins ... London, 1699*

    Note: In the detailed expansion of this scheme, contemporary criticisms of Milton's controversial works are provided for so that they stand in their proper chronological places. In such cases Y is used only for criticisms first published after Milton's death. The expansion provides also for books that occasioned replies by Milton, so that they may be shelved with the Milton collection, if desirable. Examples:

    N31 Hall's Episcopacy by divine right.
    N311 Hall's Humble remonstrance.
    N33 Milton's Of reformation touching church discipline.
    N34 Milton's Of prelatical episcopacy.
    N341 Hall's A defence of the humble remonstrance.
    N35 Milton's Animadversions upon the remonstrant's defence.
    N3611 Hall's A modest confutation of ... Animadversions.
    N37 Milton's An apology against ... A modest confutation.