René Wellek Wolfgang Bernard Fleischmann - Essay

Wolfgang Bernard Fleischmann

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[Confrontations: Studies in the Intellectual and Literary Relations between Germany, England, and the United States during the Nineteenth Century, a] miscellany from the study of a very great scholar, has all the virtues which collections of a similar nature tend often to lack: a lucid and readable style artfully concealing mountainous learning, consistent evidence of original thought, and, in spite of being a collection of essays and reviews written over a thirty-five year period, real organic unity.

Reading Confrontations means encountering René Wellek as a literary historian at important focal points mid-way between his work in the history of ideas, as exemplified by Immanuel...

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