Irving Babbitt

Irving Babbitt (băb´Ĭt), 1865–1933, American scholar, b. Dayton, Ohio. At Harvard as professor of French literature from 1912 until his death, he was a vigorous critic of romanticism, deprecating especially the influence of Rousseau on modern thought and art. He and Paul Elmer More initiated a movement, called New Humanism, that advocated a forceful doctrine of moderation and restraint, looking to classical traditions and literature for inspiration. His works include Literature and the American College (1908), The New Laokoön (1910), The Masters of Modern French Criticism (1912), and On Being Creative (1932).

See F. E. McMahon, The Humanism of Irving Babbitt (1931); Irving Babbitt (ed. by F. Manchester and O. Shepard, 1941, repr. 1969).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Irving Babbitt: An Intellectual Study
Thomas R. Nevin.
University of North Carolina Press, 1984
FREE! The Masters of Modern French Criticism
Irving Babbitt.
Houghton Mifflin, 1912
FREE! Rousseau and Romanticism
Irving Babbitt.
Houghton Mifflin, 1919
Democracy and Leadership
Irving Babbitt.
Houghton Mifflin Company, 1924
FREE! The New Laokoon: An Essay on the Confusion of the Arts
Irving Babbitt.
Houghton Mifflin, 1910
The Modern Critical Spectrum
Gerald Jay Goldberg; Nancy Marmer Goldberg.
Prentice-Hall, 1962
Librarian’s tip: Contains "Problem of the Imagination: Dr. Johnson" by Irving Babbitt
A Source Book of American Political Theory
Benjamin Fletcher Wright Jr.
The Macmillan Company, 1929
Librarian’s tip: Contains "Democracy and Standards" by Irving Babbitt
The Critique of Humanism: A Symposium
C. Hartley Grattan.
Brewer and Warren, Inc., 1930
Think Back on Us: A Contemporary Chronicle of the 1930's
Henry Dan Piper; Malcolm Cowley.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1967
Librarian’s tip: Contains "The Angry Professors"
The Achievement of American Criticism: Representative Selections from Three Hundred Years of American Criticism
Clarence Arthur Brown.
Ronald Press, 1954
Librarian’s tip: Contains "Trends in Modern Literary Criticism"
Return to the Fountains: Some Classical Sources of American Criticism
John Paul Pritchard.
Duke University Press, 1942
Librarian’s tip: "Irving Babbitt" begins on p. 70
The Conservative Mind, from Burke to Santayana
Russell Kirk.
Henry Regnery Publishing, 1953
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XII "Critical Conservatism: Babbitt, More, Santayana"
Criticism in America, Its Functions and Status: Essays
Irving Babbitt; Van Wyck Brooks; W. C. Brownell; Ernest Boyd; H. L. Mencken; Stuart P. Sherman; J. E. Spingarn; George F. Woodberry.
Harcourt, Brace, 1924
Librarian’s tip: Contains "Genius and Taste" by Irving Babbit
Living Philosophies
Albert Einstein; John Dewey; James Jeans; H. G. Wells; Theodore Dreiser; H. L. Mencken; James Truslow Adams; Julia Peterkin; Arthur Keith; Irving Babbitt; Beatrice Webb; Joseph Wood Krutch; Fridtjof Nansen; Lewis Mumford; Robert Andrews Millikan; Hu Shih; Hilaire Belloc; J. B. S. Haldane; George Jean Nathan; Irwin Edman; Bertrand Russell; William Ralphinge.
Simon and Schuster, 1931
Librarian’s tip: Chap. IX "Babbitt"
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