Cowley, Malcolm
March 1953
New Republic;3/9/53, Vol. 128 Issue 10, p19
The article focuses on the book "The Writer in America," by Van Wyck Brooks. The Writer in America should be read by everyone interested in the literary situation, past, present and future. Most effective when it explains Brooks's position and makes a counter-attack on his critical enemies, The Writer in America is least effective when it tries to prescribe a coarse of action for creative writers. Brooks believes that the younger, novelists and poets have fallen victims to a fashionable pessimism about human nature, with the result that their books are either pointlessly brutal or wearily decorative.


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