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A Short History of Modern English Literature

by Edmund Gosse

Part of the Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies Series

A Short History of Modern English Literature Synopsis

Edmund Gosse (1849-1928), author and literary critic, held posts as a lecturer at Trinity College, Cambridge, and librarian to the House of Lords; he was honoured with a knighthood in 1925. His 1897 history of English literature (of which the version reissued here was published a year later by William Heinemann as Volume 3 in the series Short Histories of the Literatures of the World) traces the nation's greatest literature, from Chaucer to Tennyson, across eleven chapters. Rather than concentrating on biographical or sociological detail of English literary history, Gosse's book instead focuses on literary technique and style, intending to instil 'a feeling of the evolution of English Literature in the primary sense of the term'. Gosse had his detractors, who accused him of a cavalier approach to factual detail, but his novel approach to literary criticism means that the work can still be read with interest and enjoyment.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781108033923
Publication date: 3rd November 2011
Author: Edmund Gosse
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 430 pages
Categories: Literary studies: general,

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