Leavis, Q. D.

Leavis, Q. D.

(Queenie Dorothy Leavis), 1906–81, British literary critic; wife of F. R. LeavisLeavis, F. R.
(Frank Raymond Leavis) , 1895–1978, English critic and teacher. Leavis was one of the most influential literary critics of the 20th cent. A formidable controversialist, he combined close textual analysis with a commitment to moral seriousness and provided a
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. After studying at Cambridge, she wrote Fiction and the Reading Public (1932), which analyzed the market for different types of fiction among readers). Her essays on Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, and other women writers were published posthumously in The Collected Essays (1983).
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