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. Here are considered realism in Parrington and Drelser, the decline of Sherwood Anderson, Wordsworth's Odes, the influence of Fraud on literature and vice versa, the Henry James revival, especially the autobiographical aspects of The Princess. Other writers considered are Kipling, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mark Twain, Tacitus Many significant and timely subjects are touched upon, -- questions of art and neurosin, the Kinsey Report, art and money, relationship of literature to ideas, and so go on. First ranking literary criticism, most of which has appeared periodically. Limited market.