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Leo Spitzer: Essays on Seventeenth-Century French Literature (Cambridge Studies in French)

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ISBN 10: 0521243564 / ISBN 13: 9780521243568
Published by Cambridge University Press, 1983
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr Date of Publication: 1983 Binding: hardcover Edition: First Edition Condition: Near Fine Description: Previous owner name inked on front free page. Previous owner was Prof. Walter E. Rex (1927-2010), Emeritus Professor of French Literature, UC Berkeley. In 1975, Prof. Rex was offered for the first time, together with Professor Daniel Heartz of the Music Department, an interdisciplinary course on music and literature in the French 18th century (especially concerned with Rousseau and Diderot). A brilliant cellist, Rex was known on occasion to play musical examples for the students in the class on his cello. This course and its successor (a course on Mozart and Beaumarchais, again taught with Professor Heartz) would become legendary on campus. Translation brings together for the first time in any language all of Spitzer's work on the literature of 17th century France, including 'Racine's classical piano' (1928) and 'Saint-Simon's portrait of Lou. Bookseller Inventory # 3006348

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Title: Leo Spitzer: Essays on Seventeenth-Century ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 1983

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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The undisputed master of stylistic criticism, Leo Spitzer combined phenomenal learning in historical and comparative linguistics with brilliant and original critical insight. He was born in Vienna in 1887. He studied Romance Philology at the Universities of Vienna and Paris and then taught at Vienna, Bonn, Marburg and Cologne. After escaping from Germany in 1933, he taught briefly at Istanbul and then at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He died in 1960. He was the author of over 800 books, articles, reviews and notes on the language and literatures of France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Germany, England and America from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. This translation brings together for the first time in any language all of Spitzer's work on the literature of seventeenth-century France, including 'Racine's classical piano' (1928) and 'Saint-Simon's portrait of Louis XIV' (1928). Each of the essays demonstrates in practical rather than theoretical terms the essential unity of literary and linguistic study. David Bellos's introduction sets Spitzer's method of textual and stylistic interpretation in its historical context and sketches out the career of this supremely knowledgeable reader for whom knowledge was less important than understanding.

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David Bellos's introduction sets Spitzer's method of textual and stylistic interpretation in its historical context and sketches out the career of this supremely knowledgeable reader for whom knowledge was less important than understanding.

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