Matthew Arnold: A Critical Portrait

Paperback | April 17, 2008

byStefan Collini

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Matthew Arnold (1822-88), the leading man-of-letters of the Victorian age, has been the decisive influence on modern thinking about literature and criticism and his work has become an inescapable cultural reference point today. In this stylish and entertaining book Stefan Collini examines the whole range of Arnold's literary, social, and religious criticism as well as his poetry, placing them in the context of the major intellectual controversies of the nineteenth century. By attending to the distinctive power of Arnold'swriting to charm, tease, persuade, and irritate, the book provides a brilliant characterization of the tone and temper of his mind. This edition includes a substantial Afterword which reflects on Arnold's continuing polemical significance and his role in contemporary cultural debate.

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Matthew Arnold (1822-88), the leading man-of-letters of the Victorian age, has been the decisive influence on modern thinking about literature and criticism and his work has become an inescapable cultural reference point today. In this stylish and entertaining book Stefan Collini examines the whole range of Arnold's literary, social, a...

Stefan Collini is Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Clare Hall. A frequent contributor to The Times Literary Supplement, The London Review of Books, and other periodicals both in Britain and the USA, his other books include Public Moralists (1991), English Pasts (19...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:156 pages, 7.95 × 5.04 × 0.39 inPublished:April 17, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199541884

ISBN - 13:9780199541881

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Table of Contents

Preface1. The Arnoldian Voice2. The life3. The poet4. The literary critic5. The social critic6. The religious critic7. The Arnoldian legacyFurther readingNotes on sourcesAfterword to the Clarendon Paperback EditionSupplementary Note on Further ReadingIndex

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`Critical of his many limitations, yet alive to his seductive power, Stefan Collini has got Matthew Arnold's measure. Arnold would recognise himself in this brief, telling study.'Jim McCue, Country Life