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Textual and Literary Criticism - Fredson Bowers

Textual and Literary Criticism

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Published: 3rd March 1966
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The literary critic tends to think that the textual scholar or bibliographer, happily occupied in his travel drudgery, has not much to say that he would care to hear, so there is a gulf between them. Professor Bowers advances to the edge of this gulf and says several forceful things across it; they turn out to be important and interesting, though occasionally scathing. The first chapter reminds us that the literary critic can only criticise with confidence when the textual critic has established what the author wrote; Professor Bowers indicates how very much has yet to be done. The second chapter takes a particular case, Walt Whitman's copy' for the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass, and shows how the bibliographer can, by ingenious but rigorous deduction, give an insight into the growth of an author's conception of the nature and aim of his work. The other two lectures, on Shakespeare and other early dramatic texts, will show non-specialists the striking advances in editorial technique, and the growth of standards of scholarship in these studies.

Taken from the hardback review: 'Should be required reading for all literary critics.' New Statesman

Preface
Textual criticism and the literary critic
The Walt Whitman manuscripts of Leaves of Grass (1860)
The new textual criticism of Shakespeare
Principle and practice in the editing of early dramatic texts
Notes
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ISBN: 9780521094078
ISBN-10: 0521094070
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 3rd March 1966
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 12.7  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.22