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F. R. Leavis

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(1895–1978) British literary critic and university teacher. He was made a CH in 1978. Leavis was educated at Cambridge, first at the Perse School and then at Emmanuel ...

Leavis, F. R.

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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Encyclopedias
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52 words

..., F. R. ( Frank Raymond Leavis ) ( 1895–1978 ) English literary critic . His works of criticism include The Great Tradition ( 1948 ), The Common Pursuit ( 1952 ), and D.H. Lawrence, Novelist ( 1955 ). His views on society and education are expounded in Mass Civilization and Minority Culture ( 1933 ) and Education and the University ( 1943...

Leavis, F. R.

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Paul Schlicke

Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens

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2011
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Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
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114 words

..., F. R. ( 1895–1978 ), polemical and influential critic . In The Great Tradition: George Eliot, Henry James, Joseph Conrad ( 1948 ), Leavis dismissed Dickens as ‘a great entertainer’, a valuation which impeded serious academic consideration of Dickens for a generation, even as an appendix celebrating Hard Times as a ‘moral fable’ directed attention to that previously much-neglected novel ( see reputation of Dickens ). In 1970 Leavis made an unacknowledged recantation in Dickens the Novelist , co-authored with his wife Q. D. Leavis , analysing...

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Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot

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2011
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Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
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506 words

...her moral intelligence, not her moralizing. By an irony that might not entirely have displeased him, Leavis's apparently transparent reading of Eliot changed the common perception of her while allowing his own critical sophistication to remain as invisible as he showed her artistic achievement to be. See also reputation, critical . MB Leavis, F. R. , ‘ Adam Bede ’, in Anna Karenina and Other Essays (1973). —— (1948). Bell, Michael , F. R. Leavis ...

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., F. R. [ Frank Raymond Leavis ] ( 1895–1978 ) British literary critic , teacher , and educationist New Bearings in English Poetry ( 1932 ) Non-Fiction For Continuity ( 1933 ) Non-Fiction Revaluation ( 1936 ) Non-Fiction The Great Tradition ( 1948 ) Non-Fiction The Common Pursuit ( 1952 ) Non-Fiction D.H. Lawrence, Novelist ( 1955 ) Non-Fiction Scrutiny: A Retrospect ( 1963 ) Non-Fiction Anna Karenina, and Other Essays ( 1967 ) Non-Fiction English Literature in Our Time and the University ( 1969 ) Non-Fiction Dickens the Novelist ...

Leavis, F. R.

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

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Current Version:
2006
Subject:
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...Considers Leavis's “critical rhetoric” and literary judgments. Bilan, R. P . The Literary Criticism of F. R. Leavis . New York, 1979. Expert overview. Boyers, Robert . F. R. Leavis: Judgment and the Discipline of Thought . Columbia, MO, 1978. Brief but stimulating. F. R. Leavis: Reminiscences and Revaluations . Special issue of The Cambridge Quarterly 25, no. 4 (1996). Kinch, M. B. , William Baker , and John Kimber . F. R. Leavis and Q. D. Leavis: An Annotated Bibliography . New York, 1989. An essential resource. MacKillop, Ian . F. R. Leavis: A Life in...

Leavis, F. R.

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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Literature
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563 words

..., F. R. ( Frank Raymond ) ( 1895–1978 ) Critic , born the son of a piano dealer in Cambridge, where he attended the Perse School. After war service as a stretcher‐bearer in an ambulance unit, he studied history, then English, at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, going on to write a Ph.D. thesis on the development of English journalism. While a probationary Cambridge lecturer ( 1927–32 ) he married Queenie Roth ( see Leavis, Queenie Dorothy ), co‐founded the journal Scrutiny , and wrote his first major book, New Bearings in English Poetry ( 1932 ),...

Leavis, F. R.

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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2005

..., F. R. ( Frank Raymond Leavis ) ( 1895–1978 ), British literary critic , born in Cambridge, where he was educated at Emmanuel College, gaining his doctorate in 1924 for work on the relationship between literature and journalism. As a probationary lecturer at Cambridge from 1927 to 1931 he was censured for introducing students to James Joyce's Ulysses , which was banned at the time. From 1932 onward he was occupied in establishing Scrutiny in collaboration with his wife Q. D. Leavis ( 1906–81 ), author of Fiction and the Reading Public (...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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2013
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448 words

..., F. R. ( Frank Raymond ) ( 1895–1978 ) Critic . While a probationary Cambridge lecturer ( 1927–32 ) he married Queenie Roth ( see Leavis, Queenie Dorothy ), co‐founded the journal Scrutiny , and wrote his first major book, New Bearings in English Poetry ( 1932 ), which, under the critical influence of T. S. Eliot , lamented the feebleness of most late Victorian verse and identified a recent recovery in the poetic vigour of Gerard Manley Hopkins , Edward Thomas , Eliot, Ezra Pound , and W. B. Yeats . He became a fellow of Downing College,...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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2018
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Quotations
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...0F.R. F. R. Leavis 1895 – 1978 English literary critic The common pursuit. title of book (1952) common pursuit common pursuit Self-contempt, well-grounded. on the foundation of T. S. Eliot's work in Times Literary Supplement 21 October...

F. R. Leavis

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Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3 ed.)

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2008
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...0F.R. F. R. Leavis 1895 – 1978 English literary critic . Founder and editor of the quarterly Scrutiny (1932–53), he emphasized the value of critical study of English literature to preserving cultural continuity The common pursuit. title of book (1952) common pursuit common pursuit The great tradition. title of book (1948) great tradition great tradition It is well to start by distinguishing the few really great—the major novelists who count in the same way as the major poets, in the sense that they not only change the possibilities of the art...

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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2014
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Quotations
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...0F0R F. R. Leavis 1895 – 1978 English literary critic The common pursuit. title of book (1952) common pursuit common pursuit The few really great—the major novelists…are significant in terms of the human awareness they promote; awareness of the possibilities of life. The Great Tradition (1948) ch. 1 great —the major novelists great—the major novelists He energized the Garden-Suburb ethos with a certain original talent and the vigour of a prolonged adolescence…rather like Keats's vulgarity with a Public School accent. of Rupert brooke New...

Leavis, F(rank) R(aymond)

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Tom Matheson

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015

..., F(rank) R(aymond) ( 1895–1978 ), English academic, editor of the journal Scrutiny ( 1932–53 ), credited, by Leavis himself, with the dethronement of the critical ideas represented by A. C. Bradley . His article ‘Diabolic Intellect and the Noble Hero’ ( Scrutiny ( 1937 ), repr. in The Common Pursuit , 1952 ) stresses Othello’s self-dramatizing, obtuse, and brutal egotism, vitiating the more traditional heroic version. Tom...

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Who's Who in the Twentieth Century

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2003
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314 words

..., F(rank) R(aymond) ( 1895–1978 ) British literary critic and university teacher. He was made a CH in 1978 . Leavis was educated at Cambridge, first at the Perse School and then at Emmanuel College, where he taught from 1925 . In 1929 he married Queenie Dorothy Roth , herself a notable critic and author of Fiction and the Reading Public ( 1932 ). Leavis's own first major book, New Bearings in English Poetry , also appeared in 1932 , the year he founded the periodical Scrutiny , which was to run until 1953 and was the means of disseminating...

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
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56 words
Leavis, F.R.

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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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English Dictionary
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2005
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F. R. Leavis

F. R. Leavis  

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(1895–1978)British literary critic and university teacher. He was made a CH in 1978.Leavis was educated at Cambridge, first at the Perse School and then at Emmanuel College, where he taught from ...
20c The History of the Book in Britain from 1914

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
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3,991 words
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Oxford University Press

... (2002) J. Feather , A History of British Publishing , 2e (2006) D. Finkelstein , ‘Globalization of the Book 1800–1970’, in A Companion to the History of the Book , ed. S. Eliot and J. Rose (2007) R. Hoggart , The Uses of Literacy (1957) A. Jaffe , Modernism and the Culture of Celebrity (2005) M. Lane , Books and Publishers (1980) Q. D. Leavis , Fiction and the Reading Public (1932) J. McAleer , Popular Reading and Publishing in Britain, 1914–1950 (1992) I. Norrie , Mumby’s Publishing and Bookselling in the 20 th Century, 6e (1982) A....

Othello

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Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, Anthony Davies, and Will Sharpe

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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...Race on the Renaissance Stage (2000) Eliot, T. S. , ‘Shakespeare and the Stoicism of Seneca’, in Selected Essays (1932) Empson, William , in The Structure of Complex Words (1951) Gardner, Helen , Othello : A Retrospect, 1900–67’, Shakespeare Survey 21 (1968) Leavis, F. R. , in The Common Pursuit (1952) Stallybrass, Peter , ‘Patriarchal Territories: The Body Enclosed’, in Margaret Ferguson , Maureen Quilligan , and Nancy Vickers (eds.), Rewriting the Renaissance (1986)...

Contractions

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2016
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Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
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979 words
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Oxford University Press

...belong in solemn contexts. But why shouldn't writers use them in most types of writing? Some excellent writers use contractions to good effect, even in books—e.g.: • “I won't offer an analysis of the passage and its working; some of the main points are fairly obvious.” F.R. Leavis , The Common Pursuit 102 ( 1952 ). • “The ideal book reviewer['s] . . . own literary quality should be obvious in his prose. If he is an academic, he shouldn't allow this to show through.” Joseph Epstein , “Reviewing and Being Reviewed,” in Plausible Prejudices: Essays...

Queenie Leavis

Queenie Leavis  

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(1906–81),critic and editor: educ. Cambridge (Girton College); supports career of F. R. Leavis.

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