Bennett, Arnold, Literary Taste (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1909)

In the Victorian tradition of self-education, Bennett's book aims to tell the reader what good literature is - with great specificity: lists are given, with editions and prices - and to teach him how to enjoy it. A revised edition of Literary Taste was published in 1937 with an introduction and amendments by Frank Swinnerton. Bennett's original text and Swinnerton's revisions give us an intriguing opportunity to trace the changes in literary taste and attitudes to it over this period.

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