In this 1922 scholarly landmark, influential British critic I. A. Richards and his colleagues Charles Ogden and James Wood lay out a new theory of harmony and balance in a work of literature—the two mingle with an audience’s psychological impulses in order to determine how the work is perceived. This study is a key text of the New Criticism, which forever changed how scholars read and analyze literature.
About the Author
Ivor Armstrong Richards (1893-1979) is one of the founders of modern literary criticism. Best known for his The Meaning of Meaning, he also wrote, Principles of Literary Criticism, Practical Criticism, and The Philosophy of Rhetoric, among others.
Charles Kay Ogden (1889-1957) was a linguist, philosopher, editor, and translator who invented Basic English, a simplified version of the English language. With Richards he co-wrote a pioneering study on semantics, The Meaning of Meaning.
James Edward Hathorn Wood (1910-1960) was an Anglican clergyman.