Irvin Ehrenpreis

Irvin Ehrenpreis teaches at the University of Virginia. His writings on Swift were recently discussed here by Christopher Ricks.

Human Wishes

Irvin Ehrenpreis, 20 December 1984

Johnsonians have been telling us for decades that Boswell makes an unreliable guide to the mind of his mentor. They say that one tastes Johnson’s profundity not in his conversation but in his writing, and above all in the essays on morality. In those works, says W.J. Bate, ‘we have the essence of Johnson.’


Christopher Ricks, 3 May 1984

The life of Swift by Irvin Ehrenpreis is a great act of consonance. But one reviewer has deprecated the fact that Ehrenpreis does not write with Swift’s genius. So the first thing to say is...

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Lordly Accents

Claude Rawson, 18 February 1982

In Fielding’s Journey from this World to the Next the author comes upon Shakespeare in Elysium, standing between the actors Betterton and Booth, who are disputing about the exact emphasis...

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