Matthew Arnold

(1822—1888) poet, writer, and inspector of schools

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English poet, critic, and educator, visited the U.S. in 1883 and again in 1886, at which times he delivered the lectures collected in Discourses in America (1885) and gathered the impressions on which he based his essays in Civilization in the United States (1888), finding America to have industry, conduct, and equality but also “a middle class of stunted religion, intellect, and manners.”

Subjects: Literature.

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