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Published: 25 October 2009

384 Pages

5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches

ISBN: 9780199569793

Bookseller Code (06)

Common Reading

Critics, Historians, Publics

Stefan Collini

  • A series of penetrating and elegant essays from one of the most brilliant essayists of our time
  • Looks at those critics and historians who have written for a non-specialist readership in the twentieth century - the 'man of letters' - in both Britain and the US
  • Includes essays on critics such as Aldous Huxley, Rebecca West, Edmund Wilson, and George Orwell, as well as pieces on historians such as E.H. Carr, and E.P. Thompson
  • Addresses wider themes such as the fate of 'general' periodicals, the history of reading, the role of criticism, changing conceptions of 'culture', the limitations of biography, and the functions of universities