Get an insight into twelve centuries of great writing with this set of two volumes. Understand how writing in the English language has evolved from then to now. Professor David Daiches' book provides us with the critical history of the all the famous English literature. He has put in all of his knowledge, skills and enthusiasm into this book that is a must-have for all literature lovers. He guides us through the complex and rich tradition of English literature which continues to fascinate readers. He has made a fine balance between its historical background and criticism.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Professor David Daiches' Critical History gives the reader a fascinating insight into over twelve centuries of great writing. With enormous intelligence and enthusiasm, he guides the reader through this vastly complex and rich tradition, finely balancing historical background with highly informed criticism.
Daiches' groundbreaking work is essential reading for all lovers o Professor David Daiches' Critical History gives the reader a fascinating insight into over twelve centuries of great writing. Daiches' groundbreaking work is essential reading for all lovers of literature. Get A Copy. Paperback , 2nd Revised Edition , pages.
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While the book is really informative and covers absolutely every topic. It needs to be segregated based on differing topics. View 1 comment. Feb 24, Zubair rated it it was amazing. How to read? Aug 07, Apoorva rated it liked it.
I wouldn't call it a 'good' read, simply because it isn't the best idea for a complete beginner. There were so many poets I just couldn't bring myself to care about, and I don't know how much I would retain beyond the barest facts.
Still, it was enough to keep me reading until the end almost, for I skimmed the last two chapters. Nov 26, Bushiraayub rated it really liked it. Jul 15, Gowsalya rated it really liked it. Good one everyone must read this book. Sep 11, Adriano Bulla rated it liked it. Sorry, this was once a 'bible' amongst students, I am talking really ancient scholastic history here; however, this is more of a reference text than a 'critical guide'.
There is little 'criticism' to be such. I had to do all four volumes as a juvenile reader, and it is not inspiring at all: basic, dry facts on each author in a rather quick sequence, five or so pages on Chaucer, maybe fifteen on Shakespeare, but what can one get from so few pages? I ended up using the then Pelican, now Penguin Gu Sorry, this was once a 'bible' amongst students, I am talking really ancient scholastic history here; however, this is more of a reference text than a 'critical guide'.
I ended up using the then Pelican, now Penguin Guide instead. As I said, good if you need a 'dictionary of English authors', nothing more. May 09, Huzaafa Yousuf rated it really liked it. I have conquered the first volume of this dryness, critical literary history, and more dryness. It was quite like travelling through a hot, dry desert: laborious and tough, but fantastic, nevertheless. Daiches leaves you feeling enlightened, except the enlightenment is very dearly bought.
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He moved to Edinburgh while still a young child, about the end of World David Daiches was a Scottish literary historian and literary critic, scholar and writer. He moved to Edinburgh while still a young child, about the end of World War I, where his father, Rev. Salis Daiches was rabbi to Edinburgh's Jewish community. He went to Oxford where he became the Elton exhibitioner, and was elected Fellow of Balliol College in Daiches' first published work was The Place of Meaning in Poetry , published in He was a prolific writer, producing works on English literature, Scottish literature, literary history and criticism as well as the broader role of literature in society and culture.
Daiches was the father of Jenni Calder, also a Scottish literary historian. Books by David Daiches. Related Articles. There are many ways to take action against racism. Read more Trivia About A Critical Histor No trivia or quizzes yet. Welcome back. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
A Critical History of English Literature, Volume 1: From the Beginnings to Milton