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Are literary judgments subjective?

It is fairly obvious that "King Lear" is a better play than "Timon of Athens"

By Oliver Conolly  

The first page of William Shakespeare's King Lear, printed by Thomas Cotes in the Second Folio of 1632 ©Folger Library Digital Image Collection

TS Eliot said that the function of literary criticism is “the common pursuit of true judgment.” In other words, literary criticism is all about telling you whether a work is good or bad, and why. This classic statement of the traditional conception of literary criticism has fallen out of…

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