Date of Award

Spring 1941

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




The purpose of this thesis is to show the influence of James Russell Lowell on the criticism of John Dryden since 1868, the date of Mr. Lowell's essay on Dryden. At first I planned to confine myself to American criticism, but the number of writers mentioning any reading contact with the essay proved to be appreciably small. With the exception of Mark Van Doren, Louis Bredvold, W.L. MacDonaly, Edwin W. Chubb, Mary Fisher, J. Scott Clark, Edwin Greenlaw, and Sister Rose Marie, there are no direct references made to the Essay. However, I did find that Lowell exerted an influence indirectly, for almost all written criticism on Dryden seems to be in keeping with his thought.



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