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A competent and comprehensive symposium written by 50 different people in an attempt to show what Rosenfeld did, how he did it, and evaluate his contribution to American arts and letters. As a critic, he appreciated rather than criticized, and served to form a bridge between the artist and the reader, always struggling for the recognition of talent. The material here has been thoughtfully arranged in six sections; the contributors include important names in music, art, literature, and criticism. And the whole achieves a portrait of the man, the artist, the critic, the friend,- his wisdom, imagination, sensibility, empathy, discernment, style, sociological compulsion, fight against complacency, promoting of fiction, constant shaping, etc. At the close there is a testimony of his contributions and homage to his memory by many of those whom he helped, worked with, discovered, or befriended. The editors contribute biographical background, and a later section contains correspondence from Sherwood Anderson to Rosenfeld. Of intellectual importance, this will have a defined market- if an esoteric one.

Pub Date: April 16th, 1948
Publisher: Creative Age