Search Results: "Lionel Trilling"


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THE LIBERAL IMAGINATION by Lionel Trilling
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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THE LETTERS OF JOHN KEATS by Lionel Trilling
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 >

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THE MIDDLE OF THE JOURNEY by Lionel Trilling
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 >

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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 >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
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 >

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Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"An initially sharp satire turns tedious by midpoint."
A social satire with a wickedly funny setup fails to sustain momentum and provide much of a payoff. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"A poignant reflection of the sacrificial idealism of another time, and of the tragedy and destruction of modern total war."
The experiences of a young officer with a famous Scottish regiment, the Black Watch, in France in 1915. Read full book review >

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CHARLOTTE AND LIONEL by Stanley Weintraub
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2003

"An unfortunate demonstration that, at least in this case, the people who lend are not nearly so interesting as those who borrow."
Popular Victorian biographer Weintraub (Edward the Caresser, 2001, etc.) returns with a languid account of a dynastic marriage between cousins in the famous banking family. Read full book review >