Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Get Latest Book News + FREE Shipping. Subscribe to the Boomerang Books Bulletin eNewsletter right now!

Description - Culture and Anarchy by Matthew Arnold

Without the challenging precedent of Culture and Anarchy, literary criticism and sociology in England and the United States would want both purpose and direction. Manifesting the special intelligence of a literary critic of original gifts, Culture and Anarchy is still a living classic. It is addressed to the flexible and the disinterested, to those who are not committed to the findings of their particular discipline, and it assumes in its reader a critical intelligence that will begin its work with the reader himself. Arnold employs a delicate and stringent irony in an examination of the society of his time: a rapidly expanding industrial society, just beginning to accustom itself to the changes in its institutions that the pace of its own development called for. Coming virtually at the end of the decade (1868) and immediately prior to W. E. Forster's Education Act, Culture and Anarchy phrases with a particular cogency the problems that find their centre in the questions: what kind of life do we think individuals in mass societies should be assisted to lead? How may we best ensure that the quality of their living is not impoverished? Arnold applies himself to the detail of his time: to the case of Mr Smith 'who feared he would come to poverty and be eternally lost', to the Reform agitation, to the commercial values that working people were encouraged to respect, and to the limitations of even the best Rationalist intelligence. The degree of local reference is therefore high, but John Dover Wilson's introduction and notes to this edition supply valuable assistance to a reader fresh to the period.

Buy Culture and Anarchy by Matthew Arnold from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780521091039
ISBN-10: 0521091039
Format: Paperback
(186mm x 123mm x 16mm)
Pages: 284
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1932
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - Culture and Anarchy by Matthew Arnold

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Culture and Anarchy book by Matthew Arnold and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Books By Matthew Arnold

Culture And Anarchy And Other Selected Prose by Matthew Arnold
Paperback, February 2015
$17.99
Topography Is Fate by Matthew Arnold
Hardback, October 2013
$100.08
Culture and Anarchy by Matthew Arnold
Paperback, November 2011
$46.76
Discourses in America. by Matthew Arnold
Paperback / softback, March 2011
$44.62