Criticism in America, Its Functions and Status: Essays

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The Critics and Young America1

By VAN WYCK BROOKS

IN that very interesting testament, Literature in Ireland, which he left for his fellow-poets, Thomas MacDonagh showed how disadvantageous it is to have a full-grown criticism side by side with what he calls a baby literature. "There is," he says, "a school of criticism in Ireland, a school that knows the work of the finest critics in the world, and knows too, what is more important, the finest literature in the world. This, when dealing with literature in general, adds to the store of fine critical work. This at times encourages and approves good original Irish work. I think it unfortunate, however, that it should have grown with, or indeed before, the original work. Dealing with the monuments of the older literatures--English, French, and the like this criticism knows

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Originally published in 1917 in The Seven Arts; reprinted in 1918 in Letters and Leadership; and here reprinted (as revised by the author for this collection) by permission of the publishers, B. W. Huebech, Inc.

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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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