Courthope, William John

Courthope, William John

▪ British literary critic
born July 17, 1842, South Malling, Sussex
died April 10, 1917, near Whiligh

      literary critic who believed that poetry expresses a nation's history. His History of English Poetry (6 vol., 1895–1910) traces the development of English poetry in relation to the age in which it was written. He also continued Whitwell Elwin's edition of Alexander Pope's poetical works and wrote Joseph Addison, a life of the essayist, in both of which his love for the classical tradition in English shines through.

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