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I. A. Richards (Routledge Revivals)
His Life and Work





ISBN 9781138852624
Published May 12, 2016 by Routledge
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A pioneering critic, educator, and poet, I. A. Richards (1893-1979) helped the English-speaking world decide not only what to read but how to read it. Acknowledged "father" of New Criticism, he produced the most systematic body of critical writing in the English language since Coleridge. His method of close reading dominated the English-speaking classroom for half a century.

John Paul Russo draws on close personal acquaintance with Richards as well as on unpublished materials, correspondence, and interviews, to write the first biography (originally published in 1989) of one of last century’s most influential and many-sided men of letters.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations;  Preface;  Part 1: The Preparation of a Critic;  1. Boyhood and Clifton  2. Cambridge  3. Moral Science and Cambridge Humanism  4. G. E. Moore: "The Other Theory of Art"  5. Beauty and Truth;  Part 2: The Theory and Method of Criticism;  6. Agenda in the 1920s  7. Semantics  8. Science, Poetry, and Society  9. The Sherrington Model  10. The Poet in Ideal Perfection  11. How a Poem Works, I: The Parts  12. How a Poem Works, II: Reference and Metaphor  13. How a Poem Works III: The Whole  14. The Pathology of Interpretation  15. Belief and Sincerity  16. Coleridge and the Whole Soul in Activity;  Part 3: The Later Career: Education and Poetry;  17: Basic English: The Years in China  18. Experiment in America  19. The Classical Tradition  20. Influence: Empson; Leavis and Scrutiny; American New Criticism  21. Poems and Plays: The Third Career  22. Mysterious Mountains  23. Beyond  24. Final Years: A Portrait of I. A. Richards;  Appendix: Additional Entries to John Paul Russo, "A Bibliography of … I. A. Richards";  Abbreviations;  Notes;  Index

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