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Some Versions of Empson
     

Some Versions of Empson

by Matthew Bevis (Editor)
 

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William Empson was one the most important poet-critics of the twentieth century, and his work continues to influence and inspire writers from many divergent critical traditions. Following on recent scholarly developments, this timely collection of essays provides a fully-rounded examination of Empson's life, work, inheritance, and influence.

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William Empson was one the most important poet-critics of the twentieth century, and his work continues to influence and inspire writers from many divergent critical traditions. Following on recent scholarly developments, this timely collection of essays provides a fully-rounded examination of Empson's life, work, inheritance, and influence.

This is the first volume of critical essays on Empson to be published in over a decade, and the first to consider the full range of his work, studying his poetry alongside his criticism in order to reassess the scale of his achievement. It also includes the first publication of a substantial interview with Empson in 1970, in which he looks back over his career and discusses the composition and reception of his work. The collection examines Empson's oeuvre from a variety of angles - aesthetic, philosophical, psychological, linguistic, scientific, socio-political, religious, and sexual - and features work from an outstanding line-up of emerging and established scholars.

Some Versions of Empson demonstrates the poet-critic's continuing importance for literary and cultural criticism, and sets the agenda for studies of his work in the twenty-first century

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"One of the volume's pleasing surprises is the presence of fresh readings of the poems ... This collection is a fine tribute to Empson." —Jonathan Baines, Notes and Queries

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ISBN-13:
9780199286362
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/30/2007
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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