In the Socialist Review, Shuan Doherty praises the new literary critic work Task of the Critic. Written by Terry Eagleton and Matthew Beaumont, this comprehensive volume of interviews covers Eagleton’s life and the development of his thought and politics. According to the reviewer, the book is a
brilliant intellectual biography of our foremost literary theorist and critic. Beaumont has steeped himself in Eagleton’s prodigious output across a range of literary genres and brought to it his own considerable insights and research to produce a book worthy of its subject. It is a genuine dialogue.
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Terry Eagleton is Professor of Cultural Theory and John Rylands Fellow at the University of Manchester. His other publications include Walter Benjamin, Literary Theory: An Introduction, The Function of Criticism, Criticism and Ideology, The Illusions of Postmodernism, Figures of Dissent and Ideology: An Introduction. He is also a dramatist, and his plays have been collected in Saint Oscar and Other Plays; in addition, he has written the filmscript for Wittgenstein and the novel Saints and Scholars.
The book has been edited by Matthew Beaumont, who with Gregory Dart is co-editor of the forthcoming Restless Cities.