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The successor to the highly-praised collection of Christopher Rickss The Force of Poetry, this collection of critical essays still attends to poets and poetry: to John Donnes farewells to love, George Crabbes constraints, Hardys readings of history, and Robert Lowell as translator of Racine. But other literary worlds are also appreciated in Essays in Appreciation. Drama: Marlowes Doctor Faustus and the plague. History: the Earl of Clarendon and composition. The novel: Jane Austen and mothering. Victorian lives: E. C. Gaskells Charlotte Bronte, Froudes Carlyle, Hallam Tennysons Tennyson, and George Eliot and her age. Philosophy: J. L. Austin and his art of allusion. Finally, critical questions: literature and the matter of fact, and literary principles against theory; plus two notes on current critical issuesone on talk of the canon, and the other on Empson and political criticism. literary criticism of an intellectual zestfulness which makes everyone else in the field look half asleep The Spectator Ricks's grasp of literary detail is unequalled he has a microscopic eye for distinguishment of shades of meaning, with their bearings on emotional definition Anyone who has a feeling for literature will enjoy Essays in Appreciation. If you have none, here are good reasons to cultivate it. Times Literary Supplement

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780192880840
ISBN-10: 0192880845
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 129mm x 20mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Oxford Paperbacks
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 2-Jul-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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UK Kirkus Review » Ricks is one of the last of a dying breed: those who write about literature with awesome intelligence and perception, but without ever seeking the privileged territory of jargon and obscurity. Here he brings together essays on Donne, Austen, Victorian biography, fact and fiction, theory and principle, making every subject vibrate with the intensity of his enquiry. But most of all Ricks reminds us that books are about life and living. Commenting on one critic's remark that a poem exhibits 'the familiar Donne fantasy that love hurts or kills,' he remarks 'as if that were a fantasy - has this man never noticed that love does hurt and kill?' Review by Tim Parks, whose books include 'Destiny' (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Christopher Ricks

Christopher Ricks is Professor of English at Boston University, Massachusetts. He is the author of many books, including Miltons Grand Style, The Force of Poetry, Keats and Embarrassment, and Becketts Dying Words, and has edited The New Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.

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