Criticism in America, Its Functions and Status: Essays

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Criticism in the United States1

By J. E. SPINGARN

WHEN I wrote the essays which a few years later were collected in a volume bearing the subtitle of "Essays on the Unity of Genius and Taste," the pedants and the professors were in the ascendant, and it seemed necessary to emphasize the side of criticism which was then in danger, the side that is closest to the art of the creator. How unimportant it seemed then to weigh and define all the phases of a critic's duty, when one of the highest moments of the life of the spirit, the moment of artistic creation, appeared, at least in America, to be so completely misunderstood. But now the professors have been temporarily routed by the dilettanti, the amateurs, and the journalists, who treat a work of the imagination

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From the article on "Scholarship and Criticism" in Civilization in the United States: An Inquiry by Thirty Americans ( Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1922; preface dated July 4, 1921), as revised by the author for this collection. The first section of the article, relating to scholarship, has been omitted here.

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