Books by Lionel Trilling

LIFE IN CULTURE by Lionel Trilling
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Thin-skinned Trilling may have been, but this epistolary interior monologue shows the defensiveness of a restless and meticulous mind, wary of easy answers and labels and astute about matching the right word to the precise shade of thought."
A generous sampling of letters that displays the rich intellectual life of mid-20th-century America's leading critic as well as his staunchly even temperament and many second thoughts. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2000

"Take heart, Reader, old or new: These essays—their premises, arguments, conclusions, triumphs, and shortfalls—are still well worth grappling with."
Returns to print 32 tough-minded discourses, written from 1938 to 1975, from one of American literature's most exacting cultural critics. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1980

"Minor, leftover Trilling—for completeness only."
The last in the series of Trilling's collected works, this grabbag of previously uncollected oddments—reviews, questionnaire responses, transcribed scholarly addresses—provides some interesting changes of shading in the portrait of the good gray moderate Force of the Fifties. Read full book review >
Released: May 21, 1979

"The only known short Trilling fiction, brought together in book form for the first time."
Five stories by the noted critic, two of which—the title story and "The Other Margaret"—have been widely anthologized since their first appearance in Partisan Review in the mid-Forties. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 29, 1972

"Obviously, he will have readers and probably quoters."
This is the first of the annual Thomas Jefferson lectures, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, in which distinguished thinkers of various stripes and specializations attempt to "bridge the gap between learning and public affairs." Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1965

"All of the essays have been carefully wrought, all are impressive, and all demand re-reading."
Throughout most of the essays collected here, Professor Trilling stresses three interlaced themes: the subversive intent of modern literature; its growing accomodation within the culture at large; and its generally uncritical reception Within the university. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 14, 1955

"It is this theme which Trilling weaves with skill and great sensibility into each of these nine essays and gives this its value in the realm of belles lettres."
This is as distinguished and richly rewarding a book of criticism as has appeared in America in many years. Read full book review >
Released: April 12, 1951

"Stimulating reading — an exciting facet of a poetic genius."
A new and only slightly revised edition of the letters as edited by Maurice Buxton Forman, with the text again following the original Keatsian spelling and punctuation. Read full book review >
Released: April 7, 1950

"Limited market."
A highly intellectualized, precious collection of essays in literary criticism on diverse broad subjects, writers, books, literary trends, united by an underlying concern for liberalism as an intellectual tradition. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 10, 1947

"The ideological confusion, emotional instability of the literati reproduced with fidelity (and probably from experience) but providing little sympathy, often very little interest."
By a critic, editor, professor of considerable standing, this is a first new of some acumen and almost no physical motion, of considerable conscious intellectual tion but an equal emotional sterility. Read full book review >