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English Satire and the Satiric Tradition - Edited by Claude Rawson (Assisted by Jenny Mezciems)

Basil Blackwell, 1984, Paperback ..
Condition: Very Good. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers. Sticker mark to the upper wrapper. Leans slightly. Small stamp to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.

First in this, paperback, edition. Originally published in The Yearbook of English Studies, Vol. 14, 1984. From the cover: “Satire is a learned art: elaborately allusive, cunning in secret stings and subtle indirections. It is also, and this is less often remembered, an instrument of aggression. In ancient Greece and Ireland, in pre-Islamic Arabia, and in some primitive cultures, a poet’s curses had power to kill (or were believed to, which often came to the same thing). The fact was known to Renaissance and later poets, who self-consciously proclaimed it, often in works more notable for their ironic obliquity than for punitive fury. The late Robert C. Elliott’s The Power of Satire: Magic, Ritual, Art reminded us forcefully of satire’s aggressive origins without losing sight of its artful transformations.
Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6")
Number of Pages: [XIII] 289
ISBN: 0631136673

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