J. Dover Wilson (essay date 1955)
SOURCE: Wilson, J. Dover. “Editor's Introduction.” In Landmarks in the History of Education: Culture and Anarchy, edited by J. Dover Wilson, 1932. Reprint, pp. xi-xl. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1955.
[In the following introduction, Wilson considers the development and background of Culture and Anarchy.]
Matthew Arnold holds a position in the history of modern English civilisation which it requires an unusual combination of qualities and interests to appreciate. As a poet and a critic he was the most considerable literary figure of the mid-Victorian period; for though his poetry ranks third after that of Browning and Tennyson, it is a good third, and...
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