Our Literary Critics ? An Appreciation

Schwartz, Delmore
May 1954
New Republic;5/24/54, Vol. 130 Issue 21, p17
The article presents an overview of literary criticism in American literature, which has revolutionized to such an extent as to influence an apparent feeling of hostility among the critics. There is the antipathy which Randall Jarrell has expressed with characteristic eloquence in his recent book "Poetry and the Age." Some of the criticism to which Jarrell objects is known as the new criticism and is produced by overworked instructors who must earn academic promotion by publication. It highlights on the fate of several writers such as Henry Melville, Emily Dickinson, and so on, who have suffered at the hands of critics in their career.


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