The Dramatist's Experience: With Other Essays In Literary Theory - Clifford LeechChatto & Windus, 1970, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges with some very small nicks here and there. Price Clipped. Top edge of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “This is a book which sets out to discover the right critical attitudes towards literature, based on the author’s belief that, in its proper condition, criticism should be ‘agnostic, existentialist, republican’. Professor Leech believes that, while no critic can claim a definitive status for his judgements, his ultimate concern is with judgement, not classification into types. The first essay, The Servants Will Do That For Us, takes a stand against the view that the ‘maker’ is primarily concerned with communication. The other essays, most of them dealing with the drama, discuss phenomena which either recur in literature or are associated with a particular place and period.
Clifford Leech, who is at present a Professor of English at the University of Toronto, argues his case with great cogency and a far-ranging scholarship. Two of the essays — When Writing Becomes Absurd and The Shaping of Time — are specially valuable; but the book as a whole will be found stimulating by everyone seriously interested in criticism and the drama.”