A History of Western Literature: From Medieval Epic to Modern Poetry

Paperback | June 2, 2008

byJ.M. Cohen

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This book begins in a narrow territory, strictly Western, and extends with the passage of time to include the poetry, plays, novels, and works of speculation of the great authors of the past and present from Russia to Mexico. His objective is to tell the whole story of Western writing in languages other than English from the twelfth-century Chanson de Roland to Evtushenko's poetry of the 1960s.

Cohen not only presents a factual account of historical growth. The book reflects the author's own judgments and valuations, arrived at in the course of almost forty years' reading in the main European languages. A work of original critism, A History of Western Literature immediately became a standard reference when first published. In this new edition, the author has included revisions covering the most important recent writers and their work.

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This book begins in a narrow territory, strictly Western, and extends with the passage of time to include the poetry, plays, novels, and works of speculation of the great authors of the past and present from Russia to Mexico. His objective is to tell the whole story of Western writing in languages other than English from the twelfth-c...

J. M. Cohen (1903-1989) was a widely known critic and a translator of French and Spanish literature. He was born in London and graduated from Cambridge University. His versions of Don Quixote, Gargantua and Pantagruel, and Rousseau's Confessions are recognized as among the finest modern translations.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:381 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:June 2, 2008Publisher:Aldine TransactionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0202361853

ISBN - 13:9780202361857

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