Literary Criticism: Plato to Dryden
This volume attempts to represent European theories of poetry from Plato's time to the year 1700. Editor Allan H. Gilbert has selected writers who in their own day spoke for the future rather than the past, and those whose conceptions are of value at present, either in developing our own critical thought or in interpreting the most important literature of their own ages.
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DIONYSIUS OR LONGINUS
SIR PHILIP SIDNEY
LOPE DE VEGA
An Apology for Actors
SIR THOMAS ELYOT
On the Composition of Comedies and Tragedies
On the Composition of Romances
GEORGES DE SCUDERY
The Preface to Samson Agonistes
The Letter to the Duchess of Mazarin
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