The earliest of the essays was written back in the 1960s, the latest after the turn of the millennium - the book comprises a selection of writings encompassing more than 35 years of scholarly work. The topics span several centuries, from János Thuróczy in the 15th century to contemporary writer Péter Esterházy. Kenyeres is keen on investigating the type of literature which began to evolve at the beginning of the 20th century, dominating the literary scene until the 1970s, primarily represented by the circle of writers organised around the journal Nyugat - the kind of literature which still drew on the humanism of Kant and Goethe, searching for metaphysical values and believing that the world is a whole. This literature does not intend to subordinate literature to external objectives, institutions and ideas but is written in the belief that the creation of aesthetic quality in works of art is a moral and ethical act. The essays in the volume map out the main features and internal diversity of this literature in the different periods of Nyugat and its writers, Mihály Babits, Béla Balázs, Lajos Kassák, the third generation, such as Sándor Weöres, and in the Újhold poetry, and traces its signs in recent lyric poetry as well. Two scholarly careers are also analysed from this perspective, that of George Lukács and János Horváth, respectively.