The Great Tradition by F. R. Leavis

"The Great Tradition" is a critical analysis of the English novel, focusing on the works of authors such as Jane Austen, George Eliot, Henry James, and Joseph Conrad. The book argues that these authors represent the pinnacle of the English novel tradition, as they all share a moral seriousness and a deep concern with the complexities of life and character. The book is renowned for its rigorous and highly subjective criticism, which has shaped literary studies and continues to influence the way we read and evaluate novels.

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