Trials of the Word

Lewis, R. W. B.
May 1955
New Republic;5/2/55, Vol. 132 Issue 18, p19
The article focuses on the book "The Lion and the Honeycomb: Essays in Solicitude and Critique," by R.P. Blackmur. The Lion and the Honeycomb is dedicated to that proposition. It is therefore appropriate that, in the course of his bridge-building, Blackmur should turn away from poetry to fiction, the genre of writing which uses the techniques of art to expose the strenuous forms of social life. There is no question that these essays confront the great issues, the intellectual dimensions of the evils that beset the Western world at the present moment. And there is no question that, in their intricate and serpentine manner, they suggest and illustrate and in fact practice the intellectual version of potential cures. But there may be some disagreement as to how far Blackmur is really able to help people.


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