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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0744  Wednesday, 20 April 2005

From:           Norman Hinton <
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Date:           Tuesday, 19 Apr 2005 19:40:07 -0500
Subject: 16.0731 Seventh Heaven
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0731 Seventh Heaven

 >(Empson's) most famous book, Seven Types of Ambiguity, published in
1930 when
 >he was 24, which consisted mostly of the undergraduate essays he wrote
 >for his English tutor at Cambridge, IA Richards, probably did more than
 >any book to change the way people in Britain and America read what was
 >then still called literature.

I can't agree with that at all -- I was involved with New Criticism from
the late 40's on, and Empson's book was hardly ever mentioned, while
Richards' Practical Criticism was regarded as the seminal text.

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