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1 ROBERTSON, P.J.M LEAVIS, F.R. LEAVIS, Q.D. Leavises of Fiction : An Historic Partnership. First Edition in dustjacket, Signed
Macmillan, London, 1981, ISBN:0333278860 
ROBERTSON, P.J.M. The Leavises of Fiction : An Historic Partnership. (London) : Macmillan, (1981). First Edition. Pp (6),vii-xv,(1),11-76. 8vo, dark grey cloth, gilt lettering to spine, top edge dyed light blue. P.J.M. Robertson (b. 1939-) studied at Shrewsbury and Cambridge. At the time of publication he was teaching at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. "Here is the first study of F. R. and Q. D. Leavis together. The author traces the development of the Leavises' work on fiction, and their mutual influence in making an historic contribution to literary criticism. Their writings span more than half this century, from Dr Leavis's 1924 Cambridge dissertation on the rise modern prose to Mrs Leavis's recent essay, in 1978, on Melville.Leavis's critique of Hard Times is a pivotal work. With this he challenged readers to revise their conceptions of the novel and coined the phrase 'th e novel as dramatic poem' to signify a new way of recognising the Shakespearean quality of certain great fictions. Leavis's debt to the opposed geniuses of D. H. Lawrence and T. S. Eliot is also explored. Mrs Leavis, who was both critic and scholar, emerges as the more widely-read of the partners, and the more authoritative about the genesis and technique of novels. She thus ideally complements her husband's work, opening doors to his views of greatness and tradition, and providing specialist confirmation for his compelling analyses of literature which 'affirms life'. Together the Leavises areunrivailed in stimulatng serious readers everywhere (and not just academic s) bo to read more intelligently and to understasnd the human meaning and importance of real creativity." (from the dj). Contents : 1. Introduction: the Leavises and Criticism of the Novel. 2. Q. D. Leavis: Fiction and the Reading Public and Scrutiny (1932-47). 3. F. R. Leavis and The Great Tradition: George Eliot, Henry James, Joseph Conrad. 4. Q. D. Leavis and Major Women Novelists. 5. F. R. Leavis and D. H. Lawrence. 6. The Leavises and Dickens. Appendix A. The Leavises and Other Literatures. Appendix B. Dickens the Novelits: Contants. Light shelfwear, else very good in rubbed, nicked dustjacket. Signed, with an inscription dated October 26, 1982, by Robertson. 30.00

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