Other literary forms
Throughout his life Matthew Arnold wrote critical works on literature, culture, religion, and education that made him the foremost man of letters in Victorian England. This large body of prose is available in a standard edition: The Complete Prose Works of Matthew Arnold (1960-1976, Robert Henry Super, editor), with textual notes and commentary. Essays important to an understanding of Arnold’s contribution to the discipline of literary criticism include Preface to Poems (1853), “Wordsworth,” “The Study of Poetry,” and “Literature and Science.” “Culture and Anarchy” explains the philosophical positions and biases from which Arnold criticized literature and society. Also available are editions containing his letters and notebooks.