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Essays in Criticism - Page 45
by Matthew Arnold - 1875 - 440 pages
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The National Review, Volume 19

Richard Holt Hutton, Walter Bagehot - 1864
...In general its course is determined for it by the idea which is the law of its being ; the idea of a disinterested endeavour to learn and propagate the best that is known and thought in the world, and thus to establish a current of fresh and true ideas. By the very nature of things,...
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Essays in Criticism

Matthew Arnold - Criticism - 1865 - 302 pages
...for I am afraid I must disappoint these expectations. I am bound by my own definition of criticism : a disinterested endeavour to learn and propagate the...comes into this " best that is known and thought in the world" 1 Not very much, I fear; certainly less, at this moment, than of the current literature...
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The North British Review, Volumes 42-43

1865
...definition of criticism : a disinterested endeavour to learn and propagate the best that islcnowncmd thought in the world. How much of current English literature comes into this 1 best that is known and thought in the world 1' Not very much, I fear; certainly less, at this moment,...
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The New Monthly Magazine, Volume 133

1865
...Essays in Criticism" he has called his book ; and within its pages he has defined criticism as " the disinterested endeavour to learn and propagate the best that is known and thought in the world." Such an endeavour he has made, and the result is before us. The contents of the volume...
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The Quarterly Review, Volume 119

English literature - 1866
...Criticism at the present time,' * Mr. Matthew Arnold labours strenuously to prove that criticism should be a ' disinterested endeavour to learn and propagate the best that is known and thought in the world.' Practical results he considers to be specially abhorrent to the true critic-nature ;...
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The Quarterly Review VOL.119 January & April,1866

The Quarterly Review VOL.119 January & April,1866 - 1866
...Criticism at the present time,'* Mr. Matthew Arnold labours strenuously to prove that criticism should be a 'disinterested endeavour to learn and propagate the best that is known and thought in the world.' Practical results he considers to be specially abhorrent to the true critie-nature;...
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The Quarterly Review, Volume 119

English literature - 1866
...Criticism at the present time,' * Mr. Matthew Arnold labours strenuously to prove that criticism should be a ' disinterested endeavour to learn and propagate the best that is known and thought in the world.' Practical results he considers to be specially abhorrent to the true critic-nature ;...
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The British Quarterly Review, Volume 42

Henry Allon - 1865
...essays are perfectly consistent with that early preface. He rests on this definition of criticism : ' a ' disinterested endeavour to learn and propagate the best that is ' known and thought in the world.' The critic, in his opinion, is not a judge merely, but also an instructor. And, maintaining...
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The Church Quarterly Review, Volume 34

Religion - 1892
...may think of The Cloud of Witness, they cannot fail to recognize in it what Matthew Arnold called ' a disinterested endeavour to learn and propagate the best that is known and thought in the world.' We have only to add that the book itself is daintily bound and beautifully printed,...
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Macmillan's Magazine, Volume 38

Periodicals - 1878
...prejudice, as it has been represented either in the Edinburgh or in the Quarterly Review, but " the disinterested endeavour to learn and propagate the best that is known and thought in the world." Real criticism, he says, is essentially the exercise of "curiosity as to ideas and all...
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