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Who introduced the term close reading in the context of literature?

The Wikipedia article Close reading discusses the history of the concept and the influence of I. A. Richards and others on the New Criticism: American New Critics in the 1930s and 1940s anchored ...
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Why is "close reading" necessary?

Following up on this question and answer What is close reading? In literary criticism, close reading is the careful, sustained interpretation of a brief passage of a text. A close reading emphasizes ...
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What is close reading?

What exactly is "close reading"? How does it relate to the study of literature? Are there any instructions about how to do a close reading of a text/passage?