The Critical Heritage series, published by Routledge since the 1970s with a variety of editors. Each volume is dedicated to a single major author, such as Pope, Swift, Johnson, Congreve, Goldsmith. Not too many women represented. This is an excellent resource for critical reception of the author and individual works, with excerpts from actual criticism from the eighteenth century forward. The Library has both print and electronic access to most volumes in this series. A full list of the series titles held by USF is available here.
Authoritative and critical editions of major works are also excellent resources for critical reception, bibliography and basic information on the author and work. See “Note on Texts” in your classroom editions. Pay particular attention to why a particular text was selected as authoritative and why.