The link below includes Thomas De Quincey’s “The Literature of Knowledge and the Literature of Power,” which was first published in the literary periodical North British Review (August , 1848; revised in 1858) as part of a larger essay on Alexander Pope (one of the authors covered in our course). It is one of the earliest manifestos on the idea of a British literature survey.
Here’s a brief biography of De Quincey from the Victorian Web, a highly recommended academic resource:
FYI-this YouTube clip offers a concise informative survey of Restoration and 18th-century British Literature, the topic for the first half of this course. It does a great job of providing some basic literary and historical context for the authors and works we will be studying in this course. This quick survey will also give you a sense of the authors and works we will be skipping over.