From the Publisher
The first edition of Lord Ifor Evans¹ A Short History of English Literature
was hailed by the Observer: ³Professor Evans writes to the classical model, brief and lucid. He relates the arts to society instead of penning them in the study. As a judge, he is tolerant and undogmatic, but never slack in his standards. He is fair to all and gushes over none...This justice of approach is coupled with a mastery of phrase, which makes the writing lively without being exhibitionistic.² Since its first appearance in 1940, A Short History of English Literature
has served countless readers as a perceptive, reliable, and readable guide. This fourth edition revised and extended to include major poets, dramatists, and novelists of the present day provides an invaluable map to the vast field of English literature.
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