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Selected Letters of William Empson Paperback – Bargain Price, February 20, 2009

ISBN-10: 0199539863

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (February 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199539863
  • ASIN: B005ZOHOTQ
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 2 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,705,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"These letters give us more of the Empson we know from the prose, and like the prose they are a startling education in what reading can be, and why it might matter."--London Review of Books


"No collection of letters by any writer I'm aware of comes even close to matching these 50 years worth of continuing argument about literature, the criticism and teaching of which made up Empson's life."--Washinton Times


"No collection of letters by any writer I'm aware of comes even close to matching these 50 years worth of continuing argument about literature, the criticism and teaching of which made up Empson's life."--Washinton Times


"Few critics have done more for poetry than Empson (1906-1984); few have led stranger or more adventurous lives.... Empson's travels make entertaining reading.... The main reason for reading Empson's own writings is to see what he made of the authors he cherished. (He was the best reader Donne ever had.)... In an era when readers debate whether poetry matters, it helps to remember a man who defended it, and pursued his own arguments about it, even to the ends of the earth."--New York Times Book Review


UNEDITED UK REVIEW: "Review from previous edition These letters give us more of the Empson we know from the prose, and like the prose they are a startling education in waht reading can be, and why it might matter."--London Review of Books


UNEDITED UK REVIEW: "No collection of letters by any writer I'm aware of comes even close to matching these 50 years worth of continuing argument about literature, the criticism and teaching of which made up Empson's life"--Washinton Times


UNEDITED UK REVIEW: "this edition is authoritative. impeccable and very usable."--Stefan Collini, Times Literary Supplement


UNEDITED UK REVIEW: "Few critics have done more for poetry than Empson (1906-1984); few have led stranger or more adventurous lives.... Empson's travels make entertaining reading.... The main reason for reading Empson's own writings is to see what he made of the authors he cherished. (He was the best reader Donne ever had.)... In an era when readers debate whether poetry matters, it helps to remember a man who defended it, and pursued his own arguments about it, even to the ends of the earth."--New York Times Book Review


"To see a truly distinguished mind at war with faith, read this book." --Adam Gopnik, NewYorker.com


About the Author

John Haffenden is a Professor of English Literature at the University of Sheffield.

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