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By John Haffenden

ISBN-10: 019953991X

ISBN-13: 9780199539918

William Empson was once the most important English literary critic of the 20th century. He was once a guy of massive power and interest, and a real eccentric who remained imperturbable within the face of all of the amazing conditions during which he came across himself. the invention of contraceptives in his ownership by way of a bedmaker at Cambridge collage ended in his being robbed of a promised Fellowship. but Seven sorts of Ambiguity, drafted whereas he was once nonetheless an undergraduate, quickly introduced him world-wide repute.

Empson invented smooth literary feedback in English. He acted too as a cultural fifth-columnist, tough got doctrine in lifestyles and literature. "It is a good factor for a poet to be asserting anything that's thought of very stunning on the time," he maintained. "To develop into morally self sufficient of one's formative society ... is the grandest topic of all literature, since it is the one technique of ethical progress."

His public lifestyles took him via some of the significant political occasions of the fashionable global -- the increase of imperialism in Japan, the Sino-Japanese conflict in China, wartime propaganda for the BBC, and the chinese language civil battle and Communist takeover of Peking in 1949. His buddies and important sparring companions integrated I. A. Richards, Kathleen Raine, J. B. S. Haldane, Humphrey Jennings, George Orwell, Robert Lowell, Dylan Thomas, Stephen Spender, Helen Gardner, and T. S. Eliot.

"It is of serious significance now that writers should still attempt to retain a undeniable world-mindedness," he insisted. "Without the literatures you can't have a feeling of heritage, and heritage is just like the balancing-pole of the tightrope-walker ... ; and these days we greatly desire the longer balancing-pole of no longer nationwide yet international history." His passionate world-mindedness, and his humanism, combativeness, and wit, are absolutely in proof during this, the 1st of 2 volumes exploring his striking existence and work.

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