Literary History of Persia, 4 volumes. by Edward G. Browne

By Edward G. Browne

The vintage paintings at the topic, A LITERARY heritage OF PERSIA remains to be the traditional paintings within the English language on Persia and her literature. It spans 4 volumes (2,256 pages) and took approximately twenty-five years to put in writing. even though it concentrates on Persian literature, it additionally surveys all features of Persian tradition from Iranian pre-history to the 20th century.

The outstanding freshness and liveliness of Browne's prose will astonish readers. as well as being a piece of reference it's booklet that may be learn strictly for excitement. J.T.P. De Bruijn's new advent surveys the historical past, value and endured worth of the work.

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