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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Irving Babbitt: Selected full-text books and articles

Irving Babbitt: An Intellectual Study By Thomas R. Nevin University of North Carolina Press, 1984
FREE! The Masters of Modern French Criticism By Irving Babbitt Houghton Mifflin, 1912
FREE! Rousseau and Romanticism By Irving Babbitt Houghton Mifflin, 1919
Democracy and Leadership By Irving Babbitt Houghton Mifflin Company, 1924
The Modern Critical Spectrum By 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 By Benjamin Fletcher Wright Jr The Macmillan Company, 1929
Librarian’s tip: Contains "Democracy and Standards" by Irving Babbitt
The Critique of Humanism: A Symposium By C. Hartley Grattan Brewer and Warren, Inc., 1930
Think Back on Us: A Contemporary Chronicle of the 1930's By Malcolm Cowley; Henry Dan Piper 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 By 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 By John Paul Pritchard Duke University Press, 1942
Librarian’s tip: "Irving Babbitt" begins on p. 70
The Conservative Mind, from Burke to Santayana By Russell Kirk Henry Regnery Publishing, 1953
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XII "Critical Conservatism: Babbitt, More, Santayana"
Criticism in America, Its Functions and Status: Essays By 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 By 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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