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Literary Criticism A Short History

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ISBN-10: 0226901769

ISBN-13: 9780226901763

Edition: Reprint 

Authors: William K. Wimsatt, Cleanth Brooks

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List price: $19.95
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/13/1994
Binding: Paperback
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Wimsatt, Sterling Professor of English at Yale, where he taught for over 35 years, was one of the most important literary critics of his generation. He and Yale colleague Cleanth Brooks were arguably the key disseminators of the New Criticism, which was extremely influential from the 1940s through the 1960s. The basic tenets of New Criticism were outlined in England during the 1920s and 1930s by T. S. Eliot, William Empson, and I. A. Richards, and in America at about the same time by a group of southern writers, among them Cleanth Brooks. Wimsatt's 1954 collection of essays, The Verbal Icon, was one of the most important statements of New Critical methodology, and along with the works of…    

Educator and critic Cleanth Brooks was born in Kentucky and educated at Vanderbilt, Tulane, and Oxford universities. From 1932 to 1947, he taught English at Louisiana State University and then moved on to Yale. At Yale, Brooks helped to articulate the principles of New Criticism, which dominated literary studies in the 1940s and 1950s. The New Criticism argued that the literary work was an organic, complex whole to be evaluated on its own terms, without reference to extraliterary concerns such as biography, authorial intention, or historical and social context. Brooks claimed that literature's powers are unique. In Brooks's view, what determines the force and specialness of literature is…