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Michael Ferber is a Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of New Hampshire. His research interests include romantic poetry, western literature from the Greeks forward, and war and peace studies.

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019956891X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199568918
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.3 x 4.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on November 14, 2010
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Romanticism refers to the variety of primarily artistic movements that spanned the end of the eighteenth and the first half of the nineteenth century. It is a very broad development, and many have argued if it refers to just a single trend or a variety of different ones that had only in retrospect been conflated by later critics. Nonetheless, a single classification of various works in many artistic mediums as romantic has withstood the test of time. Even so, it can be dauntingly hard to have a single definition of romanticism that can be applied across the board.

This short introduction aims to introduce the reader to some of the most prominent romantic poets, writers, musicians and painters. It emphasizes certain themes that occur in many romantic works or amongst the romantics as a perception of themselves. Nonetheless, there is no single work that encompasses all of these different disparate themes.

The book is aimed at general readership, but it in no ways compromises the solid scholarly work that lays behind it. The reader will get a better sense of the time period and the cultural, philosophical, and historic forces that have shaped the romantic period. There are also numerous excerpt from the romantic poetry, which for the book of this size would need to suffice to give a flavor of this movement. The book contains several illustrations that show some of the more characteristic romantic paintings, but unfortunately due to the fact that all of them are reproduced in black and white in a very small format it is not possible to get a very good idea of the quality of these works.

Overall this is a very readable and informative short introduction to romanticism.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Holland on April 16, 2014
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It's too easy in an English course to limit one's understanding of romanticism to the Anglo-American versions of it. This informative, interesting book provides essential background information as to the roots of romanticism which developed in Europe.
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By scooper on June 17, 2015
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Certainly informative, but unnecessarily loquacious. One cannot help but wonder if Ferber could not have been equally as insightful with half as many words (especially for a book with the preface 'a very short introduction'). Not truly 'fun' to read, yet it delivers all it out promises.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Hardin on April 27, 2014
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The series is not very useful these days. I can get similar information at no cost from Wicki and other online sources.
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