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The Letters of Matthew Arnold

1829-59

The Letters of Matthew Arnold( )
Author: Arnold, Matthew
Series title:Victorian Literature and Culture Ser.
ISBN:978-0-8139-1651-4
Publication Date:Jun 1996
Publisher:University of Virginia Press
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $85.00USD $85.00
Book Description:

Renowned as a poet and critic, Arnold will be celebrated now as a letter writer. This volume begins in 1829 with an account of the Arnold children by their father, and closes in 1859, when already a poet and literary critic, Matthew Arnold returned to England after several months in Europe.

Book Details
Pages:549
Detailed Subjects: Literary Criticism / Poetry
Literary Criticism / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Literary Collections / Letters
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6.12 x 9.25 x 1.25 Inches
Book Weight:2.87 Pounds
Author Biography
Arnold, Matthew (Author)
Matthew Arnold, a noted poet, critic, and philosopher, was born in England on December 24, 1822 and educated at Oxford University. In 1851, he was appointed inspector of schools, a position he held until 1880. Arnold also served as a professor of poetry at Oxford, during which time he delivered many lectures that ultimately became essays.

Arnold is considered a quintessential proponent of Victorian ideals. He argued for higher standards in literature and education and extolled classic virtues of manners, impersonality and unanimity. After writing several works of poetry, Arnold turned to criticism, authoring such works as On Translating Homer, Culture and Anarchy, and Essays in Criticism. In these and other works, he criticized the populace, especially the middle class, whom he branded as "philistines" for their degrading values. He greatly influenced both British and American criticism.

In later life, he turned to religion. In works such as Literature and Dogma and God and the Bible, he explains his conservative philosophy and attempts to interpret the Bible as literature. Arnold died from heart failure on April 15, 1888 in Liverpool, England. 030



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