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History and Value

The Clarendon Lectures and the Northcliffe Lectures 1987

Frank Kermode

Clarendon Law Lectures

Frank Kermode here returns to the literature of his youth to ask why we seem to have forgotten how urgent and powerful this literature was during a time of economic crisis and imminent world war, discussing bourgeois left-wing writing in England in the 1930s--and, to a lesser extent, in the United States--and addressing the more general question of how literature dies or survives and how we decide whether to attribute value to it.

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