"Empson's achievement here as elsewhere comes from the generosity of spirit which made him consistently a great critic." New York Review of Books
"Some of these passages have a sweep as grand as Empson found in Donne." Times Literary Supplement
"...an insightful look into Empson the thinker." Eugene R. Cunner, English Language Notes
"Anybody who cares about human intelligence at work with literature is in Haffenden's debt." Book Review Digest
A collection of the critic's most passionate and controversial essays includes previously inaccessible pieces on influential Renaissance writers and scientists. It is a book for those interested in the Renaissance, the history of science and the history of literary criticism.