Matthew Arnold Essays in criticism

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Essays in criticism

 
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Sainte-B euve, the French writer who most influenced Matthew A rnold, says in one of his causerics that the first condition of properly appreciating the critics of past days is, to put oneself back into the situation, the ideas, the sjiirit of their time. The following introduction will attempt something of the kind for the author of Essays inC rificism. The facts of his early life may be briefly told. Born at Laleham near .S taines on December 24, 1822, he was the eldest son of the famous Dr. Thomas A rnold, who in 1828 became Head Master of Kugby. He vas educated for some years at Laleham by his uncle, John Buckland, and in 1836 was sent toW inchester, his fathers old school. After a year thereD r. Arnold removed him toR ugb}, where he remained for four years. In 1840 he gained a classical scholarship at Balliol College, Oxford, going into residence there in 1841. He took his degree, with aS econd Class only, in 1844, and in 1845 was elected to a fellowship at Oriel College. For a brief period he was a master atE ugby ;then he became private secretarj to theM arquess of Lansdowne, President of the Council in Lord John Russell sministry. In 1851 he was appointed to an inspectorship of schools, a post which he held for thirty-five years. An appointment in 1859 as Foreign Assistant Commissioner onE ducation to visit France, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, and Piedmont, brought Arnold into relation with many distinguished men, notably in Paris, where hemet Prosper Merimee, Kenan, andS ainte-B euve.
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