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525 pages; Clean and tight in original cloth binding with gilt lettering at spine and front cover and decorative border stamped in blind on both boards. Cloth rubbed at corners, spine ends and edges. Bookplate on front pastedown endpaper of Roderick Stebbins (Harvard, '85), son of the Reverend Horatio Stebbins who succeeded the famed orator Thomas Starr King at San Francisco's First Unitarian Church. Edward Dowden (1843 – 1913), was an Irish critic and poet. In 1867 he was elected professor of oratory and English literature in Dublin University. As commissioner of education in Ireland (1896–1901), trustee of the National Library of Ireland, secretary of the Irish Liberal Union and vice-president of the Irish Unionist Alliance, he enforced his view that literature should not be divorced from practical life. His wide interests and scholarly methods made his influence on criticism both sound and stimulating, and his own ideals are well described in his essay on The Interpretation of Literature in this book Transcripts and Studies.; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings.