Meyer Howard Abrams

Meyer Howard Abrams, often cited as M. H. Abrams, was an influential American literary critic, known for his work on Romanticism and as the founding editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature. He was born on July 23, 1912, and passed away on April 21, 2015. Abrams was also the author of notable works such as 'The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition' and 'Natural Supernaturalism: Tradition and Revolution in Romantic Literature'. His scholarly contributions have had a significant impact on the study of literature, particularly in the fields of literary theory and criticism.


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  1. 1. The Mirror and the Lamp

    "The Mirror and the Lamp" is a comprehensive analysis of the Romantic theory of literature. The book explores the shift in focus from the neoclassical concept of mimesis, or art as a mirror reflecting the real world, to the Romantic emphasis on the artist's inner world, comparing it to a lamp projecting its light outward. It delves into the four main elements of the Romantic aesthetic: the artist, the work of art, nature, and the audience, providing a detailed examination of the philosophical and psychological underpinnings of Romantic literature.