The Establishment of Modern English Prose in the Reformation and the Enlightenment
Cambridge University Press, 1998 M12 3 - 218 pages
Ian Robinson traces the legacy of of prose writing as a form theorised and propagated as an art distinct from verse. Engaging with histories of rhetoric as well as the work of the great prose writers in English, Robinson provides a bold reappraisal of this literary form, and shows that the formal construct of the sentence itself is historically conditioned and no older than the post-medieval world. The relationship between rhetorical style and literary meaning, Robinson argues, is at the heart of the way we understand the external world.
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