This book traces the development of "creative" writing as (1) a classroom subject, the teaching of fiction- and verse-writing; and (2) a national system for the employment of fiction writers and poets to teach the subject. It answers the questions, "Why has fiction and verse writing come to be called TcreativeU?" and "When and why was this term first used?" It surveys the study and teaching of language and literature, from the beginnings of philology early in the 19th century to the split of its province and the ending of its use, when science made its entry into life and education.
Table of Contents1. When Philology Was in Flower.
2. The Founding of English Composition.
3. The Problem of Writing in a Practical Age.
4. An Index of Adagios.
5. The Sudden Adoption of Creative Work.
6. Criticism Takes Command.
7. The Elephant Machine.