Perhaps the most universal approach to Kinsey, and certainly one of the most widely quoted, was Lionel Trilling's critical and interpretative review of the Male volume. Originally published in Partisan Review, it has been included in a volume of his essays -- The Liberal Imagination -- published by the Viking Press, and this volume, in turn, has been reprinted in a paper- covered volume by Anchor Books. In addition, Trilling on Kinsey has been published in the Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic.
Professor Trillingconsiders Kinsey as a cultural phenomenon -- the tremendous response by the general public to what is really a scientific treatise, a response the like of which the world has hardly ever seen. This article serves a double function. It serves as a commentary to the Male volume, and as an advantageous point of departure for considering the Female book.