The Mirror and the Lamp

The Mirror and the Lamp : Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition

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Description

This highly acclaimed study analyzes the various trends in English criticism during the first four decades of this century.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 20mm | 554g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0195014715
  • 9780195014716
  • 122,695

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with this book, M.H. Abrams has given us a remarkable study, admirably conceived and executed, a book of quite exceptional and no doubt lasting significance for a number of fields- for the history of ideas and comparative literature as well as for English literary history, criticism and anesthetics.'
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Review quote

"One of the five works published within the last thirty years which in the opinion of representative scholars and critics have contributed most to the understanding of literature."--Contemporary Literary Scholarship


"Abrams has written a remarkable book on the history of criticism, the most distinguished contribution of American scholarship in that field since the work of J.E. Spingarn."--Comparative Literature


"The book is so rich in thought that it is invaluable for students of the romantic movement and indeed of the whole theory of criticism. I regard it as one of the most distinguished achievements of American literary scholarship of our day."--Modern Philology


"With this book, M.H. Abrams has given us a remarkable study, admirably conceived and executed, a book of quite exceptional and no doubt lasting significance for a number of fields--for the history of ideas and comparative literature as well as for English literary history, criticism, and aesthetics."--Modern Language Journal


"The past forty years have seen many attempts at ordering our ideas about literature; The Mirror and the Lamp stands out among them as a unique combination of rich historical scholarship and hard-won clarity of thought."--The Times Literary Supplement (London)
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749 ratings
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3 17% (129)
2 4% (28)
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