Latin Explorations. Critical Studies in Roman Literature.
Routledge & Kegan, London, 1963. XII,282p. Cloth wrps. Wrps bit worn and repaired with adhesive tape. Signature on free endpaper. 'In an order of no apparent significance Quinn gives us essays which (regrouped) concern the emergence of the short poem in Latin, Propertius, Horace, and the poet's role, Horace's spring odes and dramatic monologue in his odes, Propertius and the poetry of the intellect, the Propempticon as treated by Propertius, Horace, and Ovid, Virgil's tragic queen, the tempo of Virgilian epic, and (...) Tacitus' narrative technique. In his opening remarks he vindicated the right of a scholar to attempt literary criticism. And reasonable so: any mind that reads without making judgments is half-asleep; and why may not a scholar express opinions whit his expertise should at laest preserve from some of the snares that may trap the layman? (...) The value of this book does not really depend on whether one can accept the theories and interpretations advanced. These are independent, ingenious, and thought-provoking, and many deserve at least serious consideration.' (L.-P. WILKINSON in The Classical Review (New Series(, 1964, pp.57-60).