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A Short History of English Literature

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The first edition of Lord Ifor Evans1 A Short History of English Literature was hailed by the Observer: 3Professor Evans writes to the classical model, brief and lucid. He relates the arts to society instead of penning them in the study. As a judge, he is tolerant and undogmatic, but never slack in his standards. He is fair to all and gushes over none...This justice of app ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 30th 1976 by Penguin Books (first published 1940)
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Diane
Jul 13, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Ifor Evans first published his "Short History of English
Literature" in 1940 and by 1976 it had gone through many
reprints as well as an end chapter by Bernard Bergonzi bringing
it up to date with critiques of new writers such as Phillip
Larkin, Anthony Burgess and John Osbourne.
The interesting thing about Evans is that he had been around
for long enough to see poets that were highly thought of in their
lifetime, then spend years in obscurity, then in the 50s and 60s
have a popularity revival (Tennyso
...more
Beth
Got to page 350ish and had to stop. "Dead White Man's Literature." Far too diffuse and brief to give any real depth, with no decent links. Just horrible. I also thought this book was quite sexist - Christina Rossetti only gets a brief passing mention and Jane Austen gets about two pages. They are the only female writers I noticed getting even a mention. Very irritating.
Stefaan Van ryssen
Feb 05, 2016 Stefaan Van ryssen rated it liked it
I've used this on and off since the '70's, so don't expect anything about the second half of the XXth C.
Rather conservative, in some cases even reactionary in its outlook. Women and non-English writers in the English language get either a bad press or they are overlooked altogether. Factually ok.
GONZA
Jun 29, 2014 GONZA rated it really liked it
Great and interesting, probably one of the best book about the history of English Literature so far and I read many of them, the best anyway was the one written by David Daiches in my experience.

Brillante ed interessante, probabilmente uno dei migliori libri riguardo la storia della letteratura inglese fino ad ora (e ne ho letti tanti), il migliore resta comunque secondo me quello scritto da David Daiches.

Jaison John
its really interesting ..... I believe this book cover the full history of English literature
Hagar
Jan 25, 2009 Hagar rated it really liked it
a comprehensive book of the English Literature..I love Sir Ifor Evan's way of displaying the different ages and genres! It was really beneficial !
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