The Modern Essay The Essay As A Literary Genre

The Essay As A Literary Genre

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

Georg Lukács

SOURCE: "On the Nature and Form of the Essay: A Letter to Leo Popper," in Soul and Form, translated by Anna Bostock, Merlin Press, 1974, pp. 1-18.

[A Hungarian literary critic and philosopher, Lukdcs is acknowledged as one of the leading proponents of Marxist theory. His development of Marxist ideology was part of a broader system of thought which sought to further the values of rationalism (peace and progress), humanism (Socialist politics), and traditionalism (Realist literature) over the counter-values of irrationalism (war), totalitarianism (reactionary politics), and modernism (post-Realist literature). In major works such as Studies in...

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