Lionel Trilling

Lionel Trilling, 1905–75, American critic, author, and teacher, b. New York City, grad. Columbia (B.A., 1925; M.A., 1926; Ph.D., 1938). He began teaching literature at Columbia in 1932 and became a full professor in 1948. His essays—collected as The Liberal Imagination (1950), The Opposing Self (1955), A Gathering of Fugitives (1956), and Beyond Culture (1965)—combine social, psychological, and political insights with literary criticism and scholarship. Other works include a number of short stories and a novel, Middle of the Journey (1947); Matthew Arnold (1939), a pioneering use of Freudian psychology in analyzing a public figure and his work; E. M. Forster (1943); The Life and Work of Sigmund Freud (1962); and Sincerity and Authenticity (1972). His wife, Diana Trilling (Diana Rubin Trilling), 1905–96, b. New York City, was a literary and cultural critic. Long a reviewer for the Nation magazine, she collected many of her pieces in Reviewing the Forties (1978). Her works also include We Must March My Darlings (1977), an essay collection; Mrs. Harris (1981), a study of and meditation on a murder trial; and The Beginning of the Journey (1993), a memoir of the Trillings and their marriage.

See the posthumous collections of his essays, The Last Decade (1979), ed. by D. Trilling, and The Moral Obligation to Be Intelligent (2000), ed. by L. Wieseltier, and his unfinished novel, The Journey Abandoned (2008), ed. by G. Murphy; studies by R. Boyers (1977), M. Krupnick (1986), D. T. O'Hara (1988), J. Rodden, ed. (1999), and A. Kirsch (2011).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2016, The Columbia University Press.

Lionel Trilling: Selected full-text books and articles

Lionel Trilling and the End of Romanticism By Ware, Tracy Studies in Romanticism, Vol. 43, No. 3, Fall 2004
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The American Writer and the European Tradition By Margaret Denny; William H. Gilman The University of Minnesota Press, 1950
Librarian’s tip: Includes "Contemporary American Literature in Its Relation to Ideas" by Lionel Trilling
Literature and Psychoanalysis By Edith Kurzweil; William Phillips Columbia University Press, 1983
Librarian’s tip: Includes "Art and Neurosis" by Lionel Trilling
Wordsworth: Centenary Studies Presented at Cornell and Princeton Universities By Douglas Bush; Earl Leslie Griggs; B. Ifor Evans; Lionel Trilling; Willard L. Sperry; John Crowe Ransom; Frederick A. Pottle; Gilbert T. Dunklin Archon Books, 1963
Librarian’s tip: Includes "Wordsworth And the Iron Time" by Lionel Trilling
Important Nonsense By Lionel Abel Prometheus Books, 1987
Librarian’s tip: "Lionel Trilling and His Critics" begins on p. 3
Strangers to This Ground: Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Writing By W. M. Frohock Southern Methodist University Press, 1961
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Lionel Trilling and the American Reality"
Lionel Trilling & the Crisis at Columbia By Meyers, Jeffrey New Criterion, Vol. 21, No. 5, January 2003
Enlarging America: The Cultural Work of Jewish Literary Scholars, 1930-1990 By Susanne Klingenstein Syracuse University Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Refractions of Lionel Trilling"
American Literature, American Culture By Gordon Hutner Oxford University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3.3 "Reality in America" by Lionel Trilling
In the Mainstream: The Jewish Presence in Twentieth-Century American Literature, 1950s-1980s By Louis Harap Greenwood Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "The Critics: Trilling, Rahv, Kazin, Fiedler, Howe"
The Last Intellectuals: American Culture in the Age of Academe By Russell Jacoby Basic Books, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "New York, Jewish, And Other Intellectuals"
A Library of Literary Criticism: Modern American Literature By Dorothy Nyren; Dorothy Nyren Frederick Ungar, 1960 (3rd edition)
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