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William Empson: Essays on Renaissance Literature

William Empson: Essays on Renaissance Literature

Volume 1. Donne and the New Philosophy

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  • Date Published: March 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521483605

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  • Following the success in paperback of William Empson's Essays on Shakespeare (1986), this first volume of his Essays on Renaissance Literature (1993) now appears in an accessible format. The volume gathers Empson's passionate and controversial essays on John Donne in the context of contemporary science, and includes previously unpublished pieces on some of the most influential Renaissance writers and scientists. Edited and 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. 'Some of these passages have a sweep as grand as Empson found in Donne.' Eric Griffiths, The Times Literary Supplement 'Empson's achievement here as elsewhere comes from the generosity of spirit which made him consistently a great critic.' The New York Review of Books

    • 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
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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

    Preface
    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
    Notes
    Index.

  • Author

    William Empson

    Editor

    John Haffenden, University of Sheffield

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