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Book review: Essays on Literary Culture & Public Debate by Stefan Collini

By Matthew Adams   April 2016

OUP, £30common

Stefan Collini’s latest book is a collection of essays on British literary and intellectual culture from the early 20th century to the present day, including figures such as JB Priestley, CS Lewis, William Empson and Christopher Hitchens. Collini is preoccupied not just with the books and essays they produced, but also by the fact that their work is shared—held, to borrow his favoured term—in common.

The commonality is important because Collini, a professor of intellectual history and English at Cambridge, wants to address how writers have “figured… in wider public discussion,”…

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