Literary Criticism

Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offences (Version 2)

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Mark Twain


This is Mark Twain's vicious and amusing review of Fenimore Cooper's literary art. It is still read widely in academic circles. Twain's essa…

Stage Land

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Jerome K. Jerome


A comic look at the curious habits and customs of the inhabitants of 'Stage Land'. Dedicated to 'that highly respectable but unnecessarily r…

Emily Brontë

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Agnes Mary Frances Robinson


Emily Brontë (1818-1848) is best known for her only novel, "Wuthering Heights." She was born in Yorkshire, northern England, …

Reviews

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Oscar Wilde


Wilde’s literary reputation has survived so much that I think it proof against any exhumation of articles which he or his admirers would hav…

Appreciations, with an Essay on Style

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Walter Pater


Appreciations, with an Essay on Style, is a collection of Walter Pater's previously-published essays on literature. The collection was well …

Fear and Trembling (selections)

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Soren Kierkegaard


"And God tempted Abraham and said unto him: take Isaac, thine only son, whom thou lovest and go to the land Moriah and sacrifice him th…

Old and New Masters

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Robert Lynd


Jane Austen, WB Yeats, Chesterton, Shaw... these are personal and intelligent short essays on a selection of great (and great-ish) writers: …

The Tale of Terror: A Study of the Gothic Romance

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Edith Birkhead


A seminal essay on the development of horror as a genre, highly influential on later writers. - Summary by Timothy Ferguson

Shakespeare Identified

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J. Thomas Looney


That one who is not a recognized authority or an expert in literature should attempt the solution of a problem which has so far baffled spec…

The Quintessence of Ibsenism

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George Bernard Shaw


Bunyan Characters Volume II

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Alexander Whyte


This is the second volume of four which goes into the details of Characters from John Bunyan's books. This one continues with the characters…

A Student's History of American Literature

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William Simonds


Engaging history of American Lit from the 1600's up through the late 1890's. The author, who was a professor at Knox College, really put a …

Ein Vade mecum für den Hrn. Sam. Gotth. Lange Pastor in Laublingen

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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing


Lessings Kritik an der Horazübersetzung des seinerzeit bekannten Pastors Lange ist unerbittlich und von fast brutaler Genauigkeit. Aus …

The Lost Art of Reading

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Gerald Stanley Lee


Gerald Stanley Lee speaks here-in of books and self in the time of factories, tall buildings and industry and big city making, the effects o…

Ars Poetica and Carmen Saeculare

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Quintus Horatius Flaccus


The Ars Poetica, by Horace, also known as Epistula ad Pisones, is a treatise on poetry written in the form of a letter, and published around…

Voltaire and the French Enlightenment

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Will Durant


In this Little Blue Book Number 512, Will Durant describes François-Marie Arouet, the writer, historian, and philosopher known as Vol…

Companionable Books

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Henry van Dyke


Many books are dry and dusty, there is no juice in them; and many are soon exhausted, you would no more go back to them than to a squeezed o…

Prejudices, First Series

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H. L. Mencken


Mencken sharpens his pen and in a collection of short essays delivers acerbic opinions on issues and persons of the time. Among his targets…

On the Sublime

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Unknowntranslated Byherbert Lord Havell


This is a classical text on aesthetics and proper style in writing and rhetoric, including commentary on various ancient Greek works such as…

The Welsh And Their Literature

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George Borrow


Originally an article in the US Edition of the London Quarterly Review, George Borrow offers a sweeping history of Welsh literature, beginni…

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