While we’re asking for book recommendations, I was wondering if anyone out there could offer advice on textbooks for a course in 18th-century humor and satire. I’m offering just such a course next semester, broken into three units—Restoration comedy, Augustan satire, and the comic novel—that brings together stage comedy, satiric verse (including imitations), essays, and fiction. When making up the reading list, however, I could find no alternative to ordering a (literally) huge set of texts for my students, including the individual Major Works of Dryden, Pope, Swift, and Johnson for the second unit alone. I consulted Jack Lynch’s Augustan Satire Bibliography, but it appears that the anthologies he lists are out of print.
I’m now considering making up my own enormous reader. But, to be honest, I’d rather not.