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This bestseller balances a accomplished and updated anthology of significant records in literary feedback and thought ― from Plato to the current ― with the main thorough editorial help for realizing those hard readings.

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Crane, "Questions and Answers in the Teaching of Literary Texts," in The Idea 'a/the Humanities, vol 2. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press; I966); and Nannan Friedman, "Pluralism Exemplified: Great Expectations and The Greal Gatsby," in FOJ7n and lV/eaning in Fiction (Athens:" University of Georgia Press, 1975). INTRODUCTION 9 Figure 2 8 this implicit procedure is currently being questioned in a wide-ranging debate over the literary canon). And both maps, it will be noted, place the work in the center, thus implying that the text is the still and stable point around which the complex world of critical thought revolves - which seems reasonable enough, since it went unquestioned for over two thousand years.

For moralists like Dante (p. 120) or Samuel Johnson (p. 210), the more significant purpose was instruction, delight being merely a means to that didactic end. Sir Philip Sidney (p. 132) and John Dryden (p. 160) gave delight a more equal role. poetry, others elaborately classified the arts according to the varieties of pleasure and benefit that should reside in each. And for which audience should the poet write? Horace's audience is apparently limited to the upper classes - the senatores and equites of the early Roman Empire; what the middle-class sellers of beans care about is not the concern of the aristocratic writer.

210), the more significant purpose was instruction, delight being merely a means to that didactic end. Sir Philip Sidney (p. 132) and John Dryden (p. 160) gave delight a more equal role. poetry, others elaborately classified the arts according to the varieties of pleasure and benefit that should reside in each. And for which audience should the poet write? Horace's audience is apparently limited to the upper classes - the senatores and equites of the early Roman Empire; what the middle-class sellers of beans care about is not the concern of the aristocratic writer.

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