Here is a book that brings logic to the most unruly disciplines, literary interpretation. Viewing this subject within the tradition of hermeneutics, Hirsch is able to trace its origins and development with brilliant insight.
The result is lucidity systematic and authoritative account of the premises and procedures applicable to the interpretation of the literary text. Hirsch has performed a monumental service thereby, that of reinstating the credentials of objectivism and defining the limits of the aesthetics of truth. This study is a necessary tool for anyone who wants to talk sense about literature.