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A Critical History of English Literature, Volume 2: The Restoration to the Present Day

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Professor David Daiches' Critical History gives the reader a fascinating insight into over twelve centuries of great writing. With enormous intelligence and enthusiasm, he guides the reader through this vastly complex and rich tradition, finely balancing historical background with highly informed criticism. Daiches' groundbreaking work is essential reading for all lovers o ...more
Paperback, 2nd Revised Edition, 688 pages
Published August 30th 1994 by Mandarin
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Have just started dipping into this book - WOW. My copy is circa 1963 with the most beautiful lettering on the front - will have to try to scan it it.

Currently looking up English Novels and Scottish Novels - am on the hunt for Lorna Doone, I think by R.D. Blackmore (the book not the film). Didn't realise it was written in 1869 - film must have been done in the 40s or 50s though.
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David Daiches was a Scottish literary historian and literary critic, scholar and writer. He wrote extensively on English literature, Scottish literature and Scottish culture.

He was born in Sunderland, into a Jewish family with a Lithuanian background - the subject of his 1956 memoir, Two Worlds: An Edinburgh Jewish Childhood. He moved to Edinburgh while still a young child, about the end of World
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