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The Critical Muse: Selected Literary Criticism
     

The Critical Muse: Selected Literary Criticism

by Henry James, Roger Martin Du Gard (Editor)
 
'The critic, in his conception, was not the narrow lawgiver or the rigid censor that he is often assumed to be; he was the student, the inquirer, the interpreter, the taker of notes, the active, restless commentator...' James's words on Sainte-Beuve could very easily be applied to himself. The pleasures of his own criticism - wit and urbanity, metaphorical artistry,

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'The critic, in his conception, was not the narrow lawgiver or the rigid censor that he is often assumed to be; he was the student, the inquirer, the interpreter, the taker of notes, the active, restless commentator...' James's words on Sainte-Beuve could very easily be applied to himself. The pleasures of his own criticism - wit and urbanity, metaphorical artistry, his way of stalking and teasing out his subject - always lift his essays from the merely instructive to the delightful.

In this volume, the most comprehensive selection yet published, Roger Gard provides us with an excellent Introduction, and includes generous selections from James' writings on individual authors (Flaubert, Turgenev, Hawthorne, Balzac and George Eliot among others) as well as from his Prefaces, and from the general essays which have been so enormously influential in shaping twentieth-century views of literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140432701
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/04/1988
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Pages:
640
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
April 15, 1843
Date of Death:
February 28, 1916
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Place of Death:
London, England
Education:
Attended school in France and Switzerland; Harvard Law School, 1862-63

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