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Suspended Judgments: Essays On Books And Sensations

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General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1916 Original Publisher: G.A. Shaw Subjects: French literature English literature Literary Criticism / General Literary Criticism / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh Literary Criticism / European / French Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there ...more
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Bryn Hammond
Cheating a little; I've only read the essay on Victor Hugo, in a Kindle bundle of Hugo's works with criticism. But the essay was fantastic. One great novelist on another. Or writers of romances, for he examines Hugo's major fiction under the name of romances, which is what John Cowper Powys wrote too. Can we salvage that name, romance? I've wanted to, and this essay sort of explains why we need to. We don't have a word.
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Fantastic. Love his conversation on what romance is and how Emily Bronte nails it. You can feel his passion for Wuthering Heights seep out of the page. Great read and he covers a great bunch of authors.
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Powys was born in Shirley, Derbyshire, where his father was vicar. His mother was descended from the poet William Cowper, hence his middle name. His two younger brothers, Llewelyn Powys and Theodore Francis Powys, also became well-known writers. Other brothers and sisters also became prominent in the arts. John studied at Sherborne School and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and became a teacher ...more
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