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Essays on the Study of Poetry & a Guide to English Literature by Matthew Arnold



Essays on the Study of Poetry and a Guide to English Literature By Matthew Arnold. Macmillan Company, 1903. 1st Ed Thus gilt decorated hardcover. "Matthew Arnold was one of the foremost poets and critics of the 19th century. While often regarded as the father of modern literary criticism, he also wrote extensively on social and cultural issues, religion, and education. Arnold was born into an influential English family, and graduated from Balliol College, Oxford. He began his career as a school inspector, traveling throughout much of England on the newly built railway system. When he was elected professor of poetry at Oxford in 1857, he was the first in the post to deliver his lectures in English rather than Latin. Walt Whitman famously dismissed him as a “literary dude,” and while many have continued to disparage Arnold for his moralistic tone and literary judgments, his work also laid the foundation for important 20th century critics like T.S. Eliot, Cleanth Brooks, and Harold Bloom. He is frequently acknowledged as being one of the first poets to display a truly Modern perspective in his work." A small jewel in perfect condition.


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