McCordick's Anthology presents in one place, and for the first time, so many English language Scottish works that it asks us to reconsider the very nature and achievement of Scottish literature. No other collection includes the quantity or depth of material that this anthology provides; these editions are destined to become the definitive anthology of the genre. Volume I includes 117 Scottish writers from the early Middle Ages to about 1775. Among its 432 works are the complete texts of The Kings Quair, The Testament of Cresseid, Squire William Meldrum, The Cherry and the Slae, A Cypress Grove, The Grave, The Castle of Indolence, Douglas, and The Minstrel. Intended for both the general reader and the student of literature, it contains introductions, tes, and marginal glosses.
The editor and anthologist, David McCordick, is a playwright, historian, literary scholar, and Professor at The University of Wisconsin-Stout. Dr. McCordick has had over a dozen plays produced and several articles and stories published. His last book was The Civil War Letters of Private Henry Kauffman.