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"Waiting for the end, boys, waiting for the end." -- William Empson
Sir William Empson (27 September 1906 — 15 April 1984) was an English literary critic and poet.

He was widely influential for his practice of closely reading literary works, fundamental to the New Critics. Jonathan Bate has said that the three greatest English Literary critics of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries are Johnson, Hazlitt and Empson, "not least because they are the funniest".

Empson has been styled a "critic of genius" by Sir Frank Kermode, who qualified his praise by identifying willfully perverse readings of certain authors; and Harold Bloom has stated that Empson is among a handful of critics who matter most to him, because of their force and eccentricity. Empson's bluntness led to controversy both during his life and after his death, and a reputation in part also as a "licensed buffoon" (Empson's own phrase).

His best-known work is almost certainly his first: Seven Types of Ambiguity, first published in 1930.

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Total Books: 49
The Face of the Buddha
2016 - The Face of the Buddha (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780199659678
ISBN-10: 0199659672
Genres: Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality
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Seven Types Of Ambiguity
2008 - Seven Types of Ambiguity (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781443731126
ISBN-10: 1443731129
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William Empson Essays on Renaissance Literature Volume 2 The Drama
2007 - William Empson Essays on Renaissance Literature Volume 2 the Drama [v. 2] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780521033800
ISBN-10: 0521033802
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The Complete Poems of William Empson
2001 - The Complete Poems of William Empson (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140189629
ISBN-10: 0140189629
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Complete Poems of William Empson
2000 - Complete Poems of William Empson (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780713992878
ISBN-10: 0713992875
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The Strengths of Shakespeare's Shrew Essays Memoirs and Reviews
1996 - The Strengths of Shakespeare's Shrew Essays Memoirs and Reviews (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781850756088
ISBN-10: 1850756082
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The Structure of Complex Words
1995 - The Structure of Complex Words [Penguin Literary Criticism] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140231489
ISBN-10: 014023148X
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Some Versions of Pastoral
1995 - Some Versions of Pastoral [Penguin Literary Criticism] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780140231472
ISBN-10: 0140231471
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William Empson Essays on Renaissance Literature Volume 1 Donne and the New Philosophy
Argufying Essays on Literature and Culture
1987 - Argufying Essays on Literature and Culture (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780701130831
ISBN-10: 0701130830
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Royal Beasts and Other Works
1986 - The Royal Beasts and Other Works (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780701130848
ISBN-10: 0701130849
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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William Empson Essays on Shakespeare
1986 - William Empson Essays on Shakespeare (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780521255776
ISBN-10: 0521255775
Genres: Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction
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Essays on Shakespeare
1986 - Essays on Shakespeare [Cambridge Paperback Library] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780521311502
ISBN-10: 0521311500
Genres: Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction
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Using Biography
1985 - Using Biography (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780674931602
ISBN-10: 0674931602
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Milton's God
1979 - Milton's God (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780313210211
ISBN-10: 0313210217
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Narrative Poems
1968 - The Narrative Poems (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780451503985
ISBN-10: 0451503988
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Faustus and the Censor The English Faust-Book and Marlowe's Doctor Faustus
English Pastoral Poetry [Essay index reprint series] (Hardcover)
Selected Poetry
Selected Poetry (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780856358159
ISBN-10: 0856358150
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Strength of Shakespeare's Shrew