. . . engaging, humane, deftly phrased, and freshly observant...shows a seasoned literary critic at work on a fascinating problem exemplified in an array of imaginative and documentary texts.
--Herbert Frederick Tucker, University of Virginia
Lerner's excursions around the literature of child death are well conducted, and his comments good. . . . His book can be read, browsed and reread with enjoyment and profit.
--Times Literary Supplement
. . . an outstanding study that contains as good a discussion and analysis of the important subject of sentimentality as I know of.
--Robert M. Polhemus, Stanford University
About the Author
Laurence Lerner has taught at the University of Sussex and has served as the Edwin W. Mims Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, from which position he recently retired. He has written a number of important works, including The Frontiers of Literature
(Blackwell, 1988), Love and Marriage: Literature and Its Social Context
(St. Martin's, 1979), and a collection of poems, Rembrandt's Mirror