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By David Perkins

"Profoundly looking, but written with grace and lucidity. A amazing historian and critic illuminates and solutions one of many significant difficulties of literary examine in a piece that would develop into and stay a classic."-W. Jackson Bate. "Perkins writes truly and concisely. Like René Wellek and M. H. Abrams, he has an admirable present for making transparent the underlying assumptions of many alternative writers."-Comparative Literature.

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