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Selected Essays on Rhetoric

Selected Essays on Rhetoric

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Thomas De Quincey, Edited with a Critical Introduction by Frederick Burwick. Foreword by David Potter


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320 pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Landmarks in Rhetoric and Public Address


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The five essays presented here—Rhetoric, Style, Language, Conversation, and Greek Literature—were published together for the first time in The Collected Writings of Thomas De Quincey in 1889–1890. Frederick Burwick brings the essays together again in this volume, introducing them by tracing the sources and development of a belletristic theory of rhetoric, which he says “is one of the most original, and for a few critics, the most puzzling of the nineteenth century.” Burwick makes the edition complete with a comprehensive index and a selected bibliography.


Frederick Burwick,a professor emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles, is the author of Thomas De Quincey: Knowledge and Power, Mimesis and its Romantic Reflections, and many other books.