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Published: 02 June 2005

720 Pages | 16 b/w plates

ISBN: 9780199276592

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William Empson

Volume I: Among the Mandarins

John Haffenden

  • This is the definitive and authorized biography of William Empson
  • Robbed of a promised Fellowship at Cambridge following the discovery of contraceptives in his bedroom, Empson went on to become the foremost literary critic of the twentieth century
  • Empson had close associations with many eminent figures of modern letters, including I. A. Richard and T. S. Eliot
  • Rich biographical narrative, with full evaluation of Empson's criticism and poetry
  • An important contribution to the history of some of the most notable international events of the twentieth century