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By Murray Krieger

Murray Krieger: a reader. no longer a guy who trifles round with literature.

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I can't do the fellow justice. here's an excerpt from his preface:

Here back, my method—of separating reductive metaphors
and of evaluating the volume of their dominance over the
work and the world—becomes particular in The vintage imaginative and prescient,
while its use in The Tragic imaginative and prescient is implicit merely. I test to
justify it as a process in my creation to the later quantity
and write my Epilogue to emphasize this solidarity of process
and to make transparent its software to every one of the works or
authors I deal with. in truth, might be to stress the conformity of
this moment quantity to the process of the first, I summarize
retrospectively (pp. 19-21 of The vintage imaginative and prescient) the grasp-
metaphors of the works taken care of in The Tragic imaginative and prescient. notwithstanding
I am confident that my summaries emerged out of these
earlier analyses, they have been now not as transparent to me initially as they
came to be as soon as my approach crystallized with the writing of
The vintage Vision.

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from the again cover:
Originally released individually, The Tragic imaginative and prescient and The
Classic imaginative and prescient are now to be had in paperback as significant other
volumes less than the new identify, Visions o f Extremity in Modern
Literature. Murray Krieger has written a new advent
to the set.
From stories of The Tragic Vision:
"A very complete publication certainly, with not just a purpose of tragedy
and the description of a new literary process ('thematics') yet
perceptive analyses of fourteen novels ranging from Dostoevski
The fool to Camus' The Stranger.... I understand of po feedback
that confronts us so powerfully with that first part of each
tragic course— the adventure of stark, staring evil, the demoniac
the sizeable, the absurd. From now on, we can speak approximately
'the tragic vision' with major precision/'— R. B. Sewall in Y
Review
“ Professor Krieger's . . . thesis is an unique one, and the means
by which he helps it show a thorough familiarity
not simply with literary strategy and procedure yet additionally with
philosophic and aesthetic intent. . . . A lasting, legitimate, and livel
approach to a couple of the sleek world's such a lot influential and
disturbing novels/"— Christian Century
M urray okay rieger is Professor of English and Comparative
Literature and Director of the software in serious conception at the
University of California at Irvine. He is additionally Professor of English
at the collage of California at Los Angeles. A former
Guggenheim felloyv, he is a prime authority on literary thought
and feedback. His different books comprise The Play and position of
Criticism (The Johns Hopkins Press, 1967), A Window of
Criticism, and The New Apologists for Poetry.

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