Complementarities: Uncollected Essays by I. A. Richards
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Edited by John Paul Russo.
This text is an invaluable resource for the student and seasoned theorist, as it gathers together the uncollected essays from twentieth-century critic, writer, and lauded teacher, I. A. Richards. From a historical perspective, this text charts Richards’ theory (and theories on theory) in development, from the earliest publication included here, printed in 1919, to 1974, when the state of the proverbial theorist and his purpose in the world had to be radically different. Divided into three movements: Theory of Criticism, Practice of Criticism, and Toward Autobiography, as well as including an interview with the professor, the previously-unpublished collection is supplemented by introductory and inside notes from Richards himself, demonstrating the tenacity of the kind of mind here at work.