F. R. Leavis

F.R. Leavis was born in 1895 in Cambridge, where he would live and teach for most of the rest of his life. He volunteered as a stretcher-bearer in the First World War, and was badly gassed on the Western Front. Appointed Director of Studies in English at Downing College, Cambridge, in 1930, he remained there for the next thirty years, often at odds with the University establishment. In 1932 he and his wife Queenie Roth founded the hugely influential journal Scrutiny, which ran until 1953. He was one of the most important figures in the development of modern literary criticism, and in the elevation of English as a serious academic subject. He died in 1978.

Books by F. R. Leavis

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In The Great Tradition , published in 1948, F. R. Leavis seemed to rate the work of Charles Dickens - with the exception of Hard Times – as lacking the seriousness and formal ...

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It is difficult now to imagine the shock that this book caused when it was first published in 1932. The author was a teacher at a Cambridge college, an intensely ...

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F. R. Leavis was the chief editor of Scrutiny, which between 1932 and 1953 had some claim on being the most influential literary journal in the English-speaking world. The Common ...

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'The great English novelists are Jane Austen, George Eliot, Henry James and Joseph Conrad.'

So begins F. R. Leavis's most controversial book, The Great Tradition, an uncompromising critical-polemical survey ...

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