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The work provides a brief and accessible introduction to some of the most famous figures in English literature. In that sense, it contains the dates, basic biographical sketches, historical context, and stylistic themes one might expect. However, the author does not even attempt the pretense of an unbiased narrative and the book as a whole comes off as a specimen of unreliable history. I say this because, for the authors whose lives and works I am quite familiar with, the author presents his subjective opinion as objective fact. While readers with considerable knowledge on the subject will simply dismiss this blemish, those without may regard it as true. In a word, this analysis proved the author to be subject to the simple-minded intellectual fallacy which accompanies all ages. That is, that we live "in the best age of them all; the modern."
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