M. H. Abrams

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Born Tuesday 23 July 1912, died Tuesday 21 April 2015

Professions: Critic, Editor

Nationality: American

The survival of artistic modes in which we recognize ourselves, identify ourselves and place ourselves will survive as long as humanity survives.

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It's amazing how, age after age, in country after country, and in all languages, Shakespeare emerges as incomparable.

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We are human, and nothing is more interesting to us than humanity.

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Key metaphors help determine what and how we perceive and how we think about our perceptions.

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Hard work makes easy reading or, at least, easier reading.

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We worked on solving the problem of voice communications in a noisy military environment. We established military codes that are highly audible and invented selection tests for personnel who had a superior ability to recognize sound in a noisy background.

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The theories of the major philosophers of the 18th century secular enlightenment were biblical and theological in spite of themselves.

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When I was a graduate student, the leading spirits at Harvard were interested in the history of ideas.

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John Updike is always fun. And one of my former students, Tom Pynchon. And Harold Bloom, another former student.

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If you learn one thing from having lived through decades of changing views, it is that all predictions are necessarily false.

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When something startlingly new comes up, young people, especially, seize it. You can't complain about that. I think its heyday has passed, but it's had an effect and will continue to have an effect.

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If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means, you have missed the body of the poem.

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