THIS BOOK contains a selection of my literary articles written during the nineteen-forties. All of them have been revised and some of them considerably rewritten. A few have been brought up to date with postscripts. With the exception of the memoir of Rosenfeld and some of the notes on Connolly and Waugh, they are presented in chronological order. The dates in most cases are those of their first appearance in print; but to T. K. Whipple, Thoughts on Being Bibliographed and Paul Rosenfeld: Three Phases I have assigned the dates when they were written.
From the article on Harold Nicolson through the article on Ronald Firbank, all the pieces originally appeared in the New Yorker. Archibald MacLeish and the Word, Van Wyck Brooks's Second Phase and Max Eastman in 1941 were first printed in the New Republic; The Antrobuses and the Earwickers, Alexander Woollcott of the Phalanx and The Poetry of Angelica Balabanoff in the Nation; and Mr. Joseph E. Davies as a Stylist in Partisan Review. Thoughts on Being Bibliographed was written for the Princeton University Library Chronicle and appeared in the issue of February, 1944. T. K. Whipple was written as an introduction to a volume of Whipple's posthumous papers called Study Out the Land, published by the University of California Press in 1943; and Paul Rosenfeld: Three Phases was contributed to a