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127 Since the EFT Conference discussed aestheticism and decadence at the MLA meetings in Washington, D. C, December, 1962, a glance at Fairchiid's chapter on the "Aesthetes and Decadents" is especially appropriate. It is, I think, a somewhat disappointing discussion, chiefly because it shows no real attempt to revaluate these movements or the writers involved. Mor does this chapter seem to take into consideration much of the scholarship of the last five years, except, apparently, Kermode's ROMANTIC IMAGE (1957). Fairchild generally uses the word aestheticism rather than decadence; he seems to use the latter word chiefly to designate some nutro ronnnnant aenofte /\f anu (λο mil"*,, η.» m1m»m J!.f !.,+. of the Pre-Raphaeii tes, and, looking ahead, hints at an influence on some post1920 poets. The several pages on whistler, Moore, and VM 1 de seem on the whole to record familiar views. Generally, the chapter on "Aesthetic Catholicism and Symbolism ," which includes discussions of Dowson, Lionel Johnson, Symons in his later phase, and Yeats, is better than the preceding one. Whatever the shortcomings of individual chapters, the fifth volume in Fairchiid's panoramic study of religious trends in English poetry, would make a fine supplementary text in a course on the ELT period. Its price, unfortunately, will probably result in its being relegated to the reserve book shelf. Purdue University Helmut E. Gerber BOOKS RECEIVED Listing here does not preclude the publication of a review in a future issue of ELT. Publishers receive two copies of the review. BEOVJULF. TOGETHER WITH WIDSITH AND THE FIGHT AT FINNESBURG. With an Introduction by Vincent F. Hopper, Great Neck,NY; Barron's Educational Series, 1962. Paper. $2.25. Brower, Reuben A., and Richard Poirier (eds). IN DEFENSE OF READING. NY: Dutton, 1963. Paper. $1.65. Brower, Reuben Arthur. THE FIELDS OF LIGHT: AN EXPERIMENT IN CRITICAL READING. NY; Oxford U P, I962. Galaxy Paper. $1.50. Cockshut, A. 0. J. THE IMAGINATION OF CHARLES DICKENS. NY; New York U P, 1962. Cloth: $3.75; Paper: $1.95. Conrad, Joseph. TYPHOON AND YOUTH. [Chandler Series of English Novels.] San Francisco: Chandler, 1962. Paper. $0.90. Dickens, Charles. GREAT EXPECTATIONS. [Chandler Series of English Novels.] San Francisco: Chandler, I962. Paper. $1.25, 128 Dostoevsky, Fyodor. THE FRIEND OF THE FAMILY AND THE ETERNAL HUSBAND. Introduction by Philip Rahv. NY: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1963. Rinehart Paper $1.65. THE GARNETTS, A LITERARY FAMILY: AN EXHIBITION. Austin, Texas: Humanities Research Center, 1959. Guerard, Albert J (ed). HARDY: A COLLECTION OF CRITICAL ESSAYS. [Twentieth Century Views.] Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1963. Spectrum Paper. $1.95. Hesse, Hermann. STEPPENWOLF. Introduction by Joseph Mi leek. NY: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1963. Rinehart Paper. $1.45. Hough, Graham. IMAGE AND EXPERIENCE: STUDIES IN A LITERARY REVOLUTION. Lincoln, Neb: University of Nebraska P, 1962. Bison Paper. $1.50. Korg, Jacob. GEORGE GISSING: A CRITICAL BIOGRAPHY. Seattle: University of Washington P, 1963. $6.75. Lettis, Richard, and William E. Morris (eds). ASSESSING GREAT EXPECTATIONS. San Francisco: Chandler, I963. Paper. $1.75. Mercier, Vivian. THE IRISH COMIC TRADITION. Oxford: Oxford U P, 1962. $6.75. Park, Orlando. SHERLOCK HOLMES, ESQ. AND JOHN H. VWTSON, M. D.: AN ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF THEIR AFFAIRS. Evanston, IH: Northwestern U P, 1963. $10.00. Sanders, Gerald DeV/ltt, John Herbert Nelson, and M. L. Rosenthal (eds). CHIEF MODERN POETS OF ENGLAND AND AMERICA. [Volume I—THE BRITISH POETS.] 4th ed. NY: Macmillan, 1962. Paper. $3.00. Spilka, Mark (ed). D. H. LAWRENCE: A COLLECTION OF CRITICAL ESSAYS. [Twentieth Century Views.] Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1963. Spectrum Paper. $1.95. Sutherland, James. ENGLISH SATIRE. [The Clark Lectures 1956.1 Cambridge: Cambridge U P, 1962. Paper. $1.45. Sutton, Walter (ed). EZRA POUND: A COLLECTION OF CRITICAL ESSAYS. [Twentieth Century Views.] Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hal I, I963. Spectrum Paper. $1.95. Thoreau, Henry David. A WEEK ON THE CONCORD AND MERRIMACK RIVERS. Ed with introduction by Walter Harding. NY: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1963. Rinehart Paper. $1.25. Tuckey, John S. MARK TWAIN AND LITTLE SATAN: THE VJRITING OF THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER. West Lafayette, |nd: Purdue University Studies, 1963. Paper. $1.75. 129 Watt, Ian (ed). JANE AUSTEN: A COLLECTION OF CRITICAL ESSAYS...


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