Ruins and Empire
The Evolution of a Theme in Augustan and Romantic Literature
Mr. Goldstein has given us a pleasurable book. It moves across an extended tract of time and a number of authors, major and minor, and it moves well and easily. We go confidently with him as one who reads his texts with a ready intelligence. . . . He has always something interesting to say, he has lights to throw on his poets, or occasional novelist or artist, and he has a valuable story to tell, and to tell with style.