Destinations: A Canvass of American Literature since 1900

Destinations: A Canvass of American Literature since 1900

Destinations: A Canvass of American Literature since 1900

Destinations: A Canvass of American Literature since 1900

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It is unfortunate that the books of Irving Babbitt and Paul Elmer More have not been more widely pondered by the literary workers of their own country. For they alone among our critics give such terms as classicism, romanticism, naturalism, neoclassicism, and humanitarianism any complete and stable meaning. To do that requires both comprehensiveness and finesse, the wide outlook that is able to see details in their proper setting. Could we acquire, from a study of their writings, such a general outlook, and then look upon the affairs of our contemporary literary scene, we might conceivably find that these doings and movements of to-day would fall into an unconscious arrangement or order.

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