The rise and fall of the man of letters : aspects of English literary life since 1800

by Gross, John, 1935-2011,

Format: Print Book 1992
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PR63.G7 1992
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PR63.G7 1992
In this new edition of his landmark book, John Gross traces the shifting fortunes of the men who shaped literary opinion in England during the Victorian, Edwardian, and contemporary eras. He brings together famous or forgotten critics and editors--prophets, aesthetes, statesmen, dons, radicals, social climbers, idealists, gossipmongers, and literary lions--and explores not only their critical ideas but also their personalities, careers, social backgrounds, and politics. He looks at "the higher journalism;" the expansion of the reading public, the byways of British liberalism, and the rise of literature as an academic subject, and the impact of modernism. In all a remarkable survey, to which Mr. Gross has now added updates on several literary careers, the new style of critics who have evolved from the universities, and the dominant role of the media. "A brilliant account of English literary culture which is as engaging as it is illuminating"--Lionel Trilling. "Extremely readable.... The book is strewn with marvelous bits: deft aper us, biographical portraits of great subtlety and force, wit, commonsensical intelligence everywhere. It is a book that no one who cares about the state of literature can afford to neglect."--Joseph Epstein.
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Subjects Criticism -- Authorship -- Social aspects -- Great Britain -- History.
English literature -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Literature and society -- Great Britain -- History.
Book reviewing -- Great Britain -- History.
Journalism -- Great Britain -- History.
Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Publisher Chicago :Elephant Paperbacks,1992
Edition 1st Elephant pbk. ed.
Language English
Notes Originally published: London : Penguin Books, 1991.
Description 361 pages ; 21 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 336-348) and index.
ISBN 1566630002 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9781566630009 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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