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F.R. Leavis
Ferns, John, 1941-
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New York : Twayne Publishers, [2000]

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xvi, 131 pages : portrait ; 23 cm.
Life -- New bearings in English criticism: 1924-1932 -- Revaluations: 1933-1936 -- The novel as dramatic poem: 1933-1970 -- Field-performances: the higher pamphleteering and the third realm: 1962-1972 -- "The long run in": Eliot and Lawrence: 1975-1976 -- Conclusion: literature and culture.
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One of the most important and influential English literary critics of the twentieth century and an early champion of authors like T .S. Eliot and D. H. Lawrence.

Author Notes

John Ferns is Professor of English at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario

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Choice Review

As the critical pendulum swings away from the deconstructionists, the work of British critic F. R. Leavis (1895-1978) is again becoming as important as it was from the 1930s through the 1950s. This volume in Twayne's undergraduate-friendly series provides the standard Twayne format: chronology, life, critique of major works, modest bibliography of primary and secondary sources, and index, all designed for the uninitiated reader. Correctly described by Ferns (McMaster Univ., Canada) as "arguably the greatest English literary critic of the twentieth century," Leavis was best known for his hierarchical rankings of literary figures and their works, especially as evidenced in Revaluation: Tradition & Development in English Poetry (1936) and The Great Tradition (1948)--discussed in chapters 3 and 4 of this volume. Furnishing an overview of Leavis's work and opinions, Ferns's type of treatment complements the more detailed scholarship in Ian MacKillop's F. R. Leavis: A Life in Criticism (1995) and Gary Day's Re-reading Leavis: Culture and Literary Criticism (CH, May'97). Recommended for all academic libraries. ; Illinois State University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Chronologyp. xiii
Chapter 1 Lifep. 1
Chapter 2 New Bearings in English Criticism: 1924-1932p. 20
Chapter 3 Revaluations: 1933-1936p. 44
Chapter 4 The Novel as Dramatic Poem: 1933-1970p. 64
Chapter 5 Field-Performances: The Higher Pamphleteering and the Third Realm: 1962-1972p. 79
Chapter 6 "The Long Run In:" Eliot and Lawrence: 1975-1976p. 92
Chapter 7 Conclusion: Literature and Culturep. 115
Notes and Referencesp. 119
Selected Bibliographyp. 123
Indexp. 127