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A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895)   By: (1845-1933)

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In "A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895)" by George Saintsbury, readers are taken on an insightful journey through one of the most significant eras in literary history. This ambitious work serves as a thorough examination and analysis of the literary landscape during the nineteenth century, capturing the immense diversity and innovation that shaped the period.

Saintsbury's writing style is both engaging and authoritative, making this book an enjoyable and accessible read for both academics and literary enthusiasts. His extensive knowledge of the subject matter shines through, as he effortlessly navigates through a variety of literary movements, authors, and works. His writing is often punctuated with dry wit and occasional personal observations, keeping the narrative lively and compelling.

The book is divided into several chapters, each focusing on a specific literary period or movement. Saintsbury's approach provides a comprehensive overview of the nineteenth century, enabling readers to gain a deep understanding of the societal and cultural factors that influenced literature during this time. From Romanticism to Realism, Saintsbury expertly traces the evolution of literary styles, highlighting the key figures who spearheaded these movements.

Beyond delving into the major literary currents, Saintsbury also pays attention to lesser-known writers and works, giving them the recognition they deserve. This recognition of underrepresented voices adds a valuable dimension to the book, allowing readers to appreciate the broader literary landscape of the period. By interweaving critical analysis with historical context, Saintsbury effectively showcases the multidimensional nature of nineteenth-century literature.

One of the notable strengths of this book is its meticulous research. Saintsbury leaves no stone unturned, providing a wealth of information on both well-known and overlooked authors. This attention to detail enhances the book's authenticity and encourages readers to further explore the works discussed. Additionally, the inclusion of excerpts and quotes from various texts gives readers a taste of the literary prowess of the period.

While "A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895)" is undoubtedly an exceptional resource for scholars, it might appear overwhelming for novice readers. The abundance of information presented can be daunting at times, and the extensive analysis might require a more dedicated and patient reader.

Despite its occasional density, George Saintsbury's "A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895)" remains an indispensable reference for anyone interested in understanding the rich tapestry of literary production during this pivotal era. Saintsbury's remarkable expertise, captivating writing style, and dedication to inclusivity make this book both a scholarly achievement and a compelling narrative.

First Page:

A HISTORY

OF

NINETEENTH CENTURY

LITERATURE

(1780 1895)

BY

GEORGE SAINTSBURY

PROFESSOR OF RHETORIC AND ENGLISH LITERATURE IN THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

New York

THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

LONDON: MACMILLAN & CO., LTD.

1906

All rights reserved

COPYRIGHT, 1896, BY MACMILLAN AND CO.

Set up and electrotyped, January, 1896. Reprinted October, 1896; August, 1898; September, 1899; April, 1902; March, 1904; November, 1906.

Norwood Press J. S. Cushing & Co. Berwick & Smith Norwood Mass. U.S.A.

PREFACE

In the execution of the present task (which I took over about two years ago from hands worthier than mine, but then more occupied) some difficulties of necessity occurred which did not present themselves to myself when I undertook the volume of Elizabethan Literature, or to my immediate predecessor in grappling with the period between 1660 and 1780.

The most obvious and serious of these was the question, "What should be done with living authors?" Independently of certain perils of selection and exclusion, of proportion and of freedom of speech, I believe it will be recognised by every one who has ever attempted it, that to mix estimates of work which is done and of work which is unfinished is to the last degree unsatisfactory. I therefore resolved to include no living writer, except Mr... Continue reading book >>




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