I. A. Richards

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  • John Constable (University of Cambridge; now Renewable Energy Foundation)

Ivor Armstrong Richards was the most influential literary theorist writing in English in the second and third decades of the twentieth-century. His impact on the teaching of English literature was immense, both through his own writings (mainly Principles of Literary Criticism, 1925; and Practical Criticism, 1929) and through his pupils at Cambridge, of whom only William Empson need be mentioned to illustrate their standing. Moreover, Richards' discussion of and insistence upon the importance of poetry, by which he often meant literature or, still more generally, “art”, was a controversial but invigorating brief for two generations of writers. Marginalized in literary circles by his work on improvements in …

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Constable, John. "I. A. Richards". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 October 2000
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