Douglas Bush

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Douglas Bush

Douglas Bush (1896–1983) was a literary critic and literary historian. He taught for most of his life at Harvard University, where his students included many of the most prominent scholars, writers, and academics of several generations, including Walter Jackson Bate, Neil Rudenstine, Paul Auster and Aharon Lichtenstein.

Bush's textual criticism on Shakespeare and John Milton was widely influential. His English Literature in the Earlier Seventeenth Century, though later overtaken by more theoretically-informed approaches to literary history, remains a standard reference work.

Major works

  • The Renaissance and English Humanism (1939).
  • English Literature in the Earlier Seventeenth Century, 1600-1660 (1st ed. 1945, 2d ed. 1962).
  • Classical Influences in Renaissance Literature (1952).
  • Prefaces to Renaissance Literature (1965).
  • Engaged and Disengaged (1966).

[edit Editions

  • John Keats. Selected Poems and Letters (1959).
  • John Milton. The Complete Poetical Works (1965).
  • A Variorum Commentary on the Poems of John Milton." Volume I: The Latin and Greek Poems (1970).

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