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This volume gathers some of William Empson's most passionate and controversial essays and includes previously inaccessible pieces on influential Renaissance writers and scientists. Introduced by leading Empson scholar John Haffenden, this is a book for anyone interested in the Renaissance, the history of science, and the history of literary criticism.Read more
- First paperback edition of work by one of the century's leading critics
- Widely reviewed in hardback edition
- Edited and introduced by leading Empson scholar
Reviews & endorsements
"Empson's achievement here as elsewhere comes from the generosity of spirit which made him consistently a great critic." New York Review of BooksSee more reviews
"Some of these passages have a sweep as grand as Empson found in Donne." Times Literary Supplement
"...an insightful look into Empson the thinker." Eugene R. Cunner, English Language Notes
"Anybody who cares about human intelligence at work with literature is in Haffenden's debt." Book Review Digest
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- Date Published: March 1995
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521483605
- length: 316 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.44kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Sources and acknowledgements
Introduction by JOHN HAFFENDEN
1. Donne and the rhetorical tradition
2. Donne the space man
3. Donne in the new edition
4. Rescuing Donne
5. Donne's foresight
6. Copernicanism and the censor
7. Thomas Digges his infinite universe
8. Godwin's voyage to the moon
Appendix on Galileo
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