WILLIAM EMPSON (1906 - 1984)




  • Anthologies:

    • Complete Poems.  Ed. John Haffendan.  London: Allen Lane, 2000.

    • Essays on Renaissance Literature. 2 Vols.  1993-1994.

    • Argufying: Essays on Literature and Culture.  Ed. John Haffenden.  1987. 

    • Essays on Shakespeare.  1986.

    • Using Biography.  1984.

    • Collected Poems.  1949.

  • Selected Individual Works:

    • Faustus and the Censor.  1987.

    • Using Biography.  1984.

    • "The Intentional Fallacy, Again."  Essays in Criticism 23 (1972). 

      • Argufying: Essays on Literature and Culture.  Ed. John Haffenden.  1987. 

    • Milton's God.  1961.

    • The Structure of Complex Words.  London: Chatto and Windus, 1951.

    • "The Verbal Analysis."  1950. 

      • Argufying: Essays on Literature and Culture.  Ed. John Haffenden.  1987. 

    • Some Versions of Pastoral.  London: Chatto and Windus, 1935.

    • Seven Types of Ambiguity.  London: Chatto and Windus, 1930.  Rpt. Harmondsworth: Peregrine, 1961.




  • Anthologies:

    • Gill, Roma, ed.  William Empson: the Man and his Work.  1974.

    • Norris, Christopher, and Nigel Mapp, eds.  William Empson: the Critical Achievement.  Cambridge: CUP, 1993.

  • Selected Individual Works:

    • Alpers, Paul.  "Empson on Pastoral."  New Literary History 10 (1978).

    • Brooks, Cleanth.  "Empson's Criticism."  'Accent' Anthology: Selections from 'Accent,' a Quarterly of New Literature, 1940-1945.  Ed. Kerker Quinn and Charles Shattuck.  1946.

    • De Man, Paul.  "The Dead-End of Formalist Criticism."  Blindness and Insight: Essays in the Rhetoric of Contemporary Criticism.  1971.

    • Fry, Paul H.  William Empson: Prophet Against Sacrifice.  1991.

    • Haffenden, John.  William Empson.  Oxford: OUP.
      • Against the Christians.  Vol. 2.  2006.
      • Among the Mandarins.  Vol. 1.  2005.
    • Harland, Richard.  "Richards and Empson."  Literary Theory from Plato to Barthes.  London: Palgrave Macmillan, 1999.  168-176.
    • Hyman, Stanley Edgar.  "William Empson and Categorical Criticism."  The Armed Vision: a Study in the Methods of Modern Literary Criticism.  1948.

    • Kenner, Hugh.  "Alice in Empsonland."  Gnomon: Essays on Contemporary Literature.  1958.  [1952]

    • Norris, Christopher.  "Some Versions of Rhetoric: Empson and de Man."  Rhetoric and Form: Deconstruction at Yale.  Ed. Robert Con Davis and Ronald Schleifer.  1985.

    • Norris, Christopher.  William Empson and the Philosophy of Literary Criticism.  London: , 1978.

    • Olson, Elder.  "William Empson, Contemporary Criticism, and Poetic Diction."  Modern Philology (1950): . 

      • Critics and Criticism: Ancient and ModernEd. R. S. Crane.  Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1952.  45-83.

    • Parrinder, Patrick. Authors and Authority: English and American Criticism, 1750-1900.  1991.

    • Ransom, John Crowe.  "Mr. Empson's Muddles."  Southern Review 4 (1938-1939).

    • Richards. I. A.  "William Empson."  Furioso 1.3 (1940): .

    • Sale, Roger.  "The Achievement of William Empson."  Modern Heroism (1973).



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