Literary Criticism

Visions and Revisions

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John Cowper Powys


Powys presents a set of literary devotions of great figures in Literature who have obsessed him. He attempts not so much a reasoned critique…

The Quintessence of Ibsenism (Version 2)

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George Bernard Shaw


This is an essay providing an extended analysis of the works of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen and of Ibsen's critical reception in Engla…

Über Matthissons Gedichte

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Friedrich Schiller


Wenn man unter Poesie überhaupt die Kunst versteht, „uns durch einen freien Effekt unserer produktiven Einbildungskraft in bestimmte Em…

Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3

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Isaac D'Israeli


This is the third and final volume of Isaac D'Israeli's monumental work Curiosities of Literature. It covers a great range of diverse topics…

From Ritual to Romance

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Jessie Laidlay Weston


From Ritual to Romance is a 1920 book written by Jessie L. Weston. Weston's book is an examination of the roots of the King Arthur legends …

The Spirit of the Age; Or, Contemporary Portraits

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William Hazlitt


William Hazlitt was a keen observer of his time and the people populating the literary landscape. He presents short monographs on such illus…

Essays on Modern Novelists

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William Lyon Phelps


A collection of essays on 19th century novelists, both famous ones and those largely forgotten now. Among the writers presented most wrote i…

The Ring and the Book - An Interpretation

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Francis Bickford Hornbrooke


Francis Bickford Hornbrooke was an American Unitarian minister who in later years was recognized as an expert commentator on literature, in …

A Dish of Orts: Chiefly Papers on the Imagination, and on Shakespeare

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George MacDonald


Readers of George MacDonald are used to his engaging story-telling, winsome characters, and simple theology of trust in God as Father. But t…

The Ordeal of Mark Twain (Version 2)

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Van Wyck Brooks


The Ordeal of Mark Twain analyzes the literary progression of Samuel L. Clemens and attributes shortcomings to Clemens' mother and wife. The…

Силуэты русских писателей, Выпуск 2

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Yuly Aykhenvald


Бесконечно преданный русской литературе, Юлий Айхенвальд видел писателя как уникальную личность и не признавал литературных школ и течений. …

Life and Writings of Addison

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Thomas Babington Macaulay


Joseph Addison (1672-1719) was an English essayist, poet, playwright, and Whig politician. Today he is most famous for his contributions, wi…

Henry James At Work

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Theodora Bosanquet


Bosanquet (1880-1961) was secretary or amanuensis to James from 1907 to his death in 1916. She wrote this essay (1924) eight years after hi…

The Bible in Shakspeare

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William Burgess


A compendium and analysis of similarities between the Bible and passages in Shakespeare's plays and other works, including Biblical referenc…

Gossip in a Library

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Edmund Gosse


A collection of informal essays about books in his library. He combines commentary, translations, and humorous asides about authors and thei…

Milton

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Thomas Babington Macaulay


John Milton (1608-1674) was an English poet, classicist, and fearless advocate for civil liberty, who served the Commonwealth of England und…

Homage to John Dryden: Three Essays on Poetry of the Seventeenth Century

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T. S. Eliot


Best known as a poet and playwright, Nobel Laureate T.S. Eliot also wrote many works of literary criticism. In this volume he gives us thr…

Collected Prose

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James Elroy Flecker


Best remembered for his poetry, James Elroy Flecker was also a playwright, novelist and prose writer. This collection of his idiosyncratic p…

Essays Irish and American

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John Butler Yeats


From the noted artist and father of the celebrated Irish poet William Butler Yeats comes this short collection of essays on the literary lif…

Some American Storytellers

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Frederic Taber Cooper


Frederic Taber Cooper, who was an editor and author, provides a superb insight into the works of some of the most popular authors of the tur…

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