Criticism in America, Its Functions and Status: Essays

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Prefatory Note

IN the last twelve or fifteen years, side by side with the so-called "poetic Renaissance," there has developed what is probably the first fundamental discussion of the nature of criticism in American literature. The purpose of this volume is to bring together some of the more important essays representative of this discussion. The collection is not intended to be representative in any other way. The first essay dates from 1910, the last from 1923, and virtually every critical point of view is given a hearing. For permission to reprint, thanks are due to the authors of the various essays and to Messrs. Henry Holt & Co., Charles Scribner's Sons, Alfred A. Knopf, B. W. Huebsch, the Columbia University Press, and the editors of the Nation. The essays, several of which have been revised by their authors for this collection, are here arranged in chronological order.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 1
  • Prefatory Note 3
  • Contents 5
  • The New Criticism 9
  • Two Phases of Criticism: Historical And Esthetic 46
  • Criticism 88
  • The Critics and Young America 116
  • Genius and Taste 152
  • Criticism of Criticism of Criticism 176
  • The Perfect Critic 191
  • Tradition and the Individual Talent 211
  • The National Genius 228
  • Footnote on Criticism 261
  • Criticism in the United States 287
  • Ku Klux Kriticism 309
  • Appendix 321
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