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William Empson : essays on renaissance literature /
edited by John Haffenden.
imprint
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1993-94.
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0521440432 (v. 1) 0521440440 (v. 2)
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Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1993-94.
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0521440432 (v. 1) 0521440440 (v. 2)
contents note
v. 1. Donne and the new philosophy -- v. 2. The drama.
catalogue key
3065448
 
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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"...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
"Anybody who cares about human intelligence at work with literature is in Haffenden's debt."Book Review Digest
"Empson's achievement here as elsewhere comes from the generosity of spirit which made him consistently a great critic." New York Review of Books
"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
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William Empson's Essays on Shakespeare extended his reputation as a commentator on Renaissance themes with a unique and urgent voice. In this two-volume follow-up, we again witness the critic addressing questions, unravelling paradoxes, and probing into areas which eluded other writers. This first volume (edited with a substantial introduction by leading Empson scholar John Haffenden) gathers Empson's passionate, controversial essays on John Donne, examining the ideological and ethical conflicts that inspired the poet and his work. The collection includes hitherto unpublished pieces about some of the most influential Renaissance writers and scientists (Empson believed that Donne was profoundly inspired by new scientific discoveries and that he held advanced views on Church and State). Lucid, closely-argued, and provocative, the book affords a rich analysis of Donne in his time: a poet torn between a defunct cosmology and a new world order. This is vintage Empson - the critic as genius. A second volume will be published in 1994.
Main Description
Following the success in paperback of William Empson's Essays on Shakespeare (1986), this first volume of his Essays on Renaissance Literature (1993) now appears in an accessible format. The volume gathers Empson's passionate and controversial essays on John Donne in the context of contemporary science, and includes previously unpublished pieces on some of the most influential Renaissance writers and scientists. Edited and introduced by leading Empson scholar John Haffenden, this is a book for anyone interested in the Renaissance, the history of science, and the history of literary criticism.'Some of these passages have a sweep as grand as Empson found in Donne.' Eric Griffiths, The Times Literary Supplement'Empson's achievement here as elsewhere comes from the generosity of spirit which made him consistently a great critic.' The New York Review of Books
Main Description
Following the success in paperback of William Empson’s Essays on Shakespeare (1986), this first volume of his Essays on Renaissance Literature (1993) now appears in an accessible format. The volume gathers Empson’s passionate and controversial essays on John Donne in the context of contemporary science, and includes previously unpublished pieces on some of the most influential Renaissance writers and scientists. Edited and introduced by leading Empson scholar John Haffenden, this is a book for anyone interested in the Renaissance, the history of science, and the history of literary criticism.‘Some of these passages have a sweep as grand as Empson found in Donne.’ Eric Griffiths, The Times Literary Supplement‘Empson’s achievement here as elsewhere comes from the generosity of spirit which made him consistently a great critic.’The New York Review of Books
Description for Bookstore
This volume gathers some of William Empson’s most passionate and controversial essays, including previously inaccessible pieces on influential Renaissance writers and scientists.‘Empson’s achievement here as elsewhere comes from the generosity of spirit which made him consistently a great critic.’The New York Review of Books
Description for Library
This volume gathers some of William Empson's most passionate and controversial essays and includes previously inaccessible pieces on influential Renaissance writers and scientists. Introduced by leading Empson scholar John Haffenden, this is a book for anyone interested in the Renaissance, the history of science, and the history of literary criticism. 'Empson's achievement here as elsewhere comes from the generosity of spirit which made him consistently a great critic.' The New York Review of Books 'Some of these passages have a sweep as grand as Empson found in Donne.' The Times Literary Supplement
Main Description
Following the success in paperback of William Empson's Essays on Shakespeare (1986), this first volume of his Essays on Renaissance Literature (1993) now appears in an accessible format. The volume gathers Empson's passionate and controversial essays on John Donne in the context of contemporary science, and includes previously unpublished pieces on some of the most influential Renaissance writers and scientists. Edited and introduced by leading Empson scholar John Haffenden, this is a book for anyone interested in the Renaissance, the history of science, and the history of literary criticism. 'Some of these passages have a sweep as grand as Empson found in Donne.' Eric Griffiths, The Times Literary Supplement 'Empson's achievement here as elsewhere comes from the generosity of spirit which made him consistently a great critic.' The New York Review of Books
Description for Library
This volume gathers some of William Empson’s most passionate and controversial essays and includes previously inaccessible pieces on influential Renaissance writers and scientists. Introduced by leading Empson scholar John Haffenden, this is a book for anyone interested in the Renaissance, the history of science, and the history of literary criticism.‘Empson’s achievement here as elsewhere comes from the generosity of spirit which made him consistently a great critic.’The New York Review of Books‘Some of these passages have a sweep as grand as Empson found in Donne.’ The Times Literary Supplement
Description for Library
William Empson's Essays on Shakespeare extended his reputation as a commentator on Renaissance themes. In this follow-up, we again witness the critic probing into areas which eluded other writers. This first volume (edited with a substantial introduction by leading Empson scholar John Haffenden) gathers Empson's controversial essays on John Donne and contemporary scientific thought. The collection includes hitherto unpublished pieces, and affords a rich analysis of Donne as a poet torn between a defunct cosmology and a new world order. This is vintage Empson - the critic as genius. A second volume will be published in 1994.
Description for Library
This volume gathers some of William Empson's most passionate and controversial essays and includes previously inaccessible pieces on influential Renaissance writers and scientists. Introduced by leading Empson scholar John Haffenden, this is a book for anyone interested in the Renaissance, the history of science, and the history of literary criticism.'Empson's achievement here as elsewhere comes from the generosity of spirit which made him consistently a great critic.' The New York Review of Books'Some of these passages have a sweep as grand as Empson found in Donne.' The Times Literary Supplement
Description for Bookstore
In this first of two volumes (edited with a substantial introduction by leading Empson scholar John Haffenden), William Empson's controversial essays on John Donne and contemporary scientific thought are gathered. This is vintage Empson - the critic as genius.
Description for Bookstore
This volume gathers some of William Empson's most passionate and controversial essays, including previously inaccessible pieces on influential Renaissance writers and scientists. 'Empson's achievement here as elsewhere comes from the generosity of spirit which made him consistently a great critic.' The New York Review of Books
Description for Bookstore
This volume gathers some of William Empson's most passionate and controversial essays, including previously inaccessible pieces on influential Renaissance writers and scientists.'Empson's achievement here as elsewhere comes from the generosity of spirit which made him consistently a great critic.' The New York Review of Books
Table of Contents
Preface
Sources and acknowledgements
Introduction
Donne and the rhetorical tradition
Donne the space man
Donne in the new edition
Rescuing Donne
Donne's foresight
Copernicanism and the censor
Thomas Digges his infinite universe
Godwin's voyage to the moon
Appendix on Galileo
Notes
Index
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