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Studies in Literature   By: (1838-1923)

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In "Studies in Literature," author John Morley delves into the realm of literary criticism with an insightful and thought-provoking approach. This collection of essays serves as a testament to Morley's profound knowledge and passion for the subject, showcasing his astute observations and analytical skills.

One of the key strengths of Morley's work lies in his ability to weave together various literary texts to extract deeper meanings and themes. From Shakespearean dramas to Romantic poetry, Morley effortlessly navigates through different literary periods and genres, providing readers with enlightening interpretations. His keen attention to detail and extensive research is evident throughout, offering a comprehensive exploration of the works under discussion.

Moreover, Morley's erudite writing style has a captivating effect, engaging readers and challenging them to think critically about literature and its significance. He combines academic rigor with accessible language, making complex concepts accessible to a broad audience. However, at times, his arguments may require readers to have a basic understanding of literary theory, as he engages with various critical strands that might pose a challenge to those new to the field.

Furthermore, throughout the book, Morley showcases a deep appreciation for the nuances of language and the power of words. His eloquence in conveying his thoughts and opinions on literary works enhances the overall reading experience. Whether he is diving into the depths of a character's psyche or unraveling the intricate symbolism within a poem, Morley's prose evokes a sense of wonder and prompts readers to reexamine familiar texts with a fresh perspective.

While "Studies in Literature" offers invaluable insights into numerous literary pieces, some readers might find themselves wanting more in terms of breadth and variety. Although Morley covers a wide range of texts, the selection leans towards the classics and canonical works, leaving little room for contemporary literature or lesser-known authors. While this does not diminish the overall quality of the book, it might be a drawback for those seeking a more diverse representation of literary analysis.

In conclusion, "Studies in Literature" by John Morley is a remarkable collection of essays that showcases the author's deep knowledge and admiration for literature. With his perceptive analysis, Morley takes readers on a captivating journey through the world of literary criticism, shedding light on the intricacies and significance of various texts. Despite its slight focus on traditional works, the book remains an essential read for anyone interested in delving into the fundamental aspects of literature and its interpretation.

First Page:

STUDIES IN LITERATURE

BY

JOHN MORLEY

1907

NOTE.

The contents of the present collection have all been in print before, either in the Nineteenth Century and Fortnightly Review , or in some other shape. I have to thank the proprietors of the two periodicals named for sanctioning the reproduction of my articles here.

J.M.

October 1890.

CONTENTS.

WORDSWORTH APHORISMS MAINE ON POPULAR GOVERNMENT A FEW WORDS ON FRENCH MODELS ON THE STUDY OF LITERATURE VICTOR HUGO'S NINETY THREE ON THE RING AND THE BOOK MEMORIALS OF A MAN OF LETTERS VALEDICTORY

WORDSWORTH.[1]

[Footnote 1: Originally published as an Introduction to the new edition of Wordsworth's Complete Poetical Works (1888).]

The poet whose works are contained in the present volume was born in the little town of Cockermouth, in Cumberland, on April 7, 1770. He died at Rydal Mount, in the neighbouring county of Westmoreland, on April 23, 1850. In this long span of mortal years, events of vast and enduring moment shook the world. A handful of scattered and dependent colonies in the northern continent of America made themselves into one of the most powerful and beneficent of states. The ancient monarchy of France, and all the old ordering of which the monarchy had been the keystone, was overthrown, and it was not until after many a violent shock of arms, after terrible slaughter of men, after strange diplomatic combinations, after many social convulsions, after many portentous mutations of empire, that Europe once more settled down for a season into established order and system... Continue reading book >>




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