Early years[ edit ] The Reverend John Keblewho would become one of the leaders of the Oxford Movementstood as godfather to Matthew.
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Essays in criticism, second series.. [Matthew Arnold; S R Littlewood]. Author Arnold, Matthew, Title Essays in criticism.
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Arnold, Matthew, Culture & anarchy, an essay in political and social criticism; (New York, Macmillan and co., ), also by Matthew Arnold (page images at HathiTrust; US access only).
Baseball. Tigers Deck Cards on Wild Pitch After Ozuna's Tying HR. Victor Reyes scored on a game-ending wild pitch with one out in the ninth inning, and the Detroit Tigers beat the St. Louis. In Matthew Arnold: Arnold as critic early put into currency in Essays in Criticism (First Series, ; Second Series, ) and Culture and Anarchy.
The first essay in the volume, “The Function of Criticism at the Present Time,” is an overture announcing briefly most of the themes he developed more fully in later work.