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It is his magnum opus in literature, and exhibits wide and laborious research.

The like of that "looped and windowed raggedness" is hardly to be found in any other literature.

We get "inside of" any classic work of literature only by this spirit of surrender.

It was like being present at the birth of a piece of literature!

The Twentieth Century will have its share in literature and art.

The literature of form is giving way already to the literature of power.

"White elephants" were a science which had a literature of its own.

That the stream of literature had passed over, it was apparent only from its fertility.

It may be said, generally, that all literature is more or less Asinine.

He will have an honored place in the history of American literature.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., from Latin literatura/litteratura "learning, a writing, grammar," originally "writing formed with letters," from litera/littera "letter" (see letter (n.1)). Originally "book learning" (it replaced Old English boccræft), the meaning "literary production or work" is first attested 1779 in Johnson's "Lives of the English Poets" (he didn't include this definition in his dictionary, however); that of "body of writings from a period or people" is first recorded 1812.

Meaning "the whole of the writing on a particular subject" is from 1860; sense of "printed matter generally" is from 1895. The Latin word also is the source of Spanish literatura, Italian letteratura, German Literatur.

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