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The Business of Criticism (1959) (Bryan Robertson Interest)

Author(s): Helen Gardner
Format: hardback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 1959
Publisher: Clarendon Press
Total Pages: 157

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The Business of Criticism” by Helen Gardner is a collection of two sets of lectures delivered in the 1950s. The first series, “The Profession of a Critic,” was given at the University of London in 1953, and the second series, “The Limits of Literary Criticism,” was presented at King’s College, Newcastle, in 1956. These lectures explore the role and responsibilities of literary critics, emphasizing the importance of judgment and the ethical dimensions of criticism. Gardner discusses how critics should aim to illuminate rather than attack literary works, advocating for a balanced approach that values both artistic integrity and the reader’s engagement​. Inscribed by Helen Gardner to curator Bryan Robertson: Bryan Robertson from his fellow-critic Helen Gardner Sept-Oct 1959. Condition:Tanning and spotting to dust wrapper. Endpapers toned with some slight spotting. Slight spotting to top edge of text block, otherwise very good.

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