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Trilling, Lionel. MATTHEW ARNOLD. New York City, NY: Columbia University Press, 1949. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 465 pages. Fine.

Revised And Expanded Edition of the author's classic. One of the most important literary texts of the 20th century. The 1949 Revised And Expanded Edition. Includes significant new material that does not appear in the 1939 Edition, it is regarded by the author as the definitive text. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only by a University Press. Without DJ, as issued. There is no ISBN. The First Edition Thus is now rare. Presents Lionel Trilling's "Matthew Arnold". His seminal book: A 465-page study of the greatest British literary critic of the 19th by the greatest American critic of the 20th century. All of Trilling's subsequent themes, concerns, and indeed, anxieties are contained in his magisterial, book-length account. "His was an age when literary criticism and ideas mattered profoundly in the intellectual life of the country. Trilling is essential to understanding our current crisis of literary confidence, and to overcoming it. Trilling's original and moving work continues to provide an inspiring example of a mind creating itself through its encounters with literature. Not exactly literary criticism but, like all literature, ends in themselves" (Adam Kirsch). An absolute "must-have" title for Lionel Trilling collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, dated (in the month and year of publication), and inscribed in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Sincerely, Lionel Trilling May 1949". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient is named. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, publication-month dated, and inscribed copy of the Revised And Expanded Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. The most important American literary critic of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LIONEL TRILLING TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $300.00

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