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Sir Christopher Bruce Ricks (born 18 September 1933)Nicholas Wroe: "Bringing it all back home" The Guardian, Saturday 29 January 2005 is a British (although he lives in the US) literary critic and scholar. He is the William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities at Boston University (US) and Co-Director of the Editorial Institute at Boston University, and was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford (UK) from 2004 to 2009. He is the immediate past-president of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics.
He is known as a champion of Victorian poetry; an enthusiast of Bob Dylan, whose lyrics he has analysed at book length;Michael Gray (2006), The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, p. 571. a trenchant reviewerA collection is in Reviewery. of writers he considers pretentious (Marshall McLuhan, Christopher Norris, Geoffrey Hartman, Stanley Fish); and a warm reviewer of those he thinks humane or humorous (F. R. Leavis, W. K. Wimsatt, Christina Stead). Hugh Kenner praised his "intent eloquence",Hugh Kenner, A Sinking Island: The Modern English Writers, Knopf, New York 1988, p. 245 and Geoffrey Hill his "unrivalled critical intelligence".Geoffrey Hill, Collected Critical Writings, OUP, Oxford 2008, p. 379 W. H. Auden described Ricks as "exactly the kind of critic every poet dreams of finding".Oxford Book of English Verse, ed. Ricks, OUP 1999 John Carey calls him the "greatest living critic".John Carey in conversation with Clive James .

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