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M. H. Abrams

Date of birth : 1912-07-23
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Long Beach, California
Nationality : American
Category : Famous Figures
Last modified : 2011-05-09

Meyer (Mike) Howard Abrams is an American literary critic, known for works on Romanticism, in particular his book The Mirror and the Lamp. Under Abrams' editorship, the Norton Anthology of English Literature became the standard text for undergraduate survey courses across the U.S. and a major trendsetter in literary canon formation.


Author of books:

The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition (1953)
The Poetry of Pope: a selection (1954)
Literature and Belief: English Institute essays, 1957. (1957) editor
A Glossary of Literary Terms (1957; 9th ed. 2009)
English Romantic Poets: modern essays in criticism (1960)
Norton Anthology of English Literature (1962) founding editor, many later editions
The Milk of Paradise: the effect of opium visions on the works of DeQuincey, Crabbe, Francis Thompson, and Coleridge (1970)
Natural Supernaturalism: Tradition and Revolution in Romantic Literature (1973)
The Correspondent Breeze: essays on English Romanticism (1984)
Doing Things with Texts: essays in criticism and critical theory (1989)


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