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Q. D. Leavis: Collected Essays

Q. D. Leavis: Collected Essays

Volume 2. The American Novel and Reflections on the European Novel


  • Date Published: May 1985
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521318259

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  • Q. D. Leavis was one of the finest critics of the novel. Her published essays appeared as articles and reviews of remarkable trenchancy in Scrutiny (of which she was effectively co-editor with her husband F. R. Leavis), or as lectures or as introductions to editions of classic novels. Now, for the first time, they have been collected and reprinted in three volumes. This volume collects her lecture 'The American Novel'; essays and lectures on Henry James, Hawthorne, Melville and Edith Wharton; and the lectures 'The French Novel', 'The Russian Novel' and 'The Italian Novel'. There is an introduction by the editor, Professor G. Singh. All the essays are informed by that broad 'sociological view of literature that caused Q. D. Leavis to ask how the novel rose and why it flourished.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1985
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521318259
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 224 x 144 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.405kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Sources and Acknowledgements
    Editor's introduction
    1. The American Novel
    2. Hawthorne as poet
    3. Melville: the 1853–6 phase
    4. Henry James and the disabilities of the American novelist in the nineteenth century
    5. James, Trollope and the American-English confrontation theme
    6. A note on literary indebtedness: Dickens, George, Eliot, Henry James
    7. The fox is the novelist's idea: Henry James and the house beautiful
    8. Henry James: the stories
    9. The institution of Henry James
    10. Henry James's heiress: the importance of Edith Wharton
    11. Edith Wharton: The House of Mirth
    12. The French novel
    13. The Russian novel
    14. The Italian novel

  • Author

    Q. D. Leavis


    G. Singh

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