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William Empson

Critic, Poet (27-Sep-1906 — 15-Apr-1984)


Frank Day. Sir William Empson: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland. 1984. 229pp.

Paul H. Fry. William Empson: Prophet Against Sacrifice. London: Taylor & Francis. 1991. 196pp.

Philip Gardner; Averil Gardner. The God Approached: A Commentary on the Poems of William Empson. London: Chatto and Windus. 1978. 226pp.

Roma Gill (editor). William Empson: The Man and His Work. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. 1974. 244pp. Commemorative and critical essays.

John Haffenden (editor). Selected Letters of William Empson. Oxford University Press. 2006. 800pp.

John Haffenden. William Empson: Among the Mandarins. Oxford University Press. 2005. 695pp.

Christopher Norris; Nigel Mapp (editors). William Empson: The Critical Achievement. Cambridge University Press. 1993. 329pp.

Christopher C. Norris. William Empson and the Philosophy of Literary Criticism. London: Athlone Press. 1978. 222pp.


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  4. 20th Century Culture: A Biographical Companion (p.213)

  5. New York Public Library Literature Companion (p.280)

  6. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.206)

  7. Who's Who in Twentieth-Century World Poetry (p.97)

  8. The Penguin Companion to English Literature (p.172)

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