Praising William Empson

Wednesday, November 28, 2007  6:15pm The Heyman Center, Common Room


Free and open to the public

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William Empson, the author of perhaps the best known work in literary criticism of the last century Seven Types of Ambiguity and a legendary figure in British literary criticism, will be the subject of two talks: one by John Haffenden, the author of a recent widely applauded biography of Empson, and the other by Christopher Ricks, the professor of poetry at Oxford university and one of the most engaging and penetrating critics of our time.

Featuring Christopher Ricks and John Haffenden


  • Christopher Ricks

    William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities

    Boston University

  • John Haffenden

    Emeritus Professor of English Literature

    University of Sheffield


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