I. A. Richards was the most influential of the first generation of academic literary theorists. This definitive collection of his writing between 1919 and 1938 shows that Richards' position was distinct from the emerging consensus in university literary education.
Richards is often misunderstood as a master of a now superseded school of academic criticism and a forerunner of an institutionalised classroom method. This set will allow today's scholar and researcher to discover that Richards was actually one of its most severe critics.
'Our knowledge in these areas has not yet progressed yet to such an extent as to leave Richards in need of exhumation, and the publication of his Selected Works 1919-38, covering the most significant phase in his career, is evidence of his continuing importance'. -- David West, Journal of Language and Literature
'…this handsome, meticulously prepared edition of his writings represents an intellectual event of some magnitude' --Terry Eagleton, London Review of Books
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