Van Wyck Brooks

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United States literary critic and historian (1886-1963)


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Kidd also discusses Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Self Reliance," several novels by Rudyard Kipling, and the scholarship of Van Wyck Brooks and Leslie Fiedler, whose Love and Death in the American Novel is of particular interest because it focused in part on the homoerotic and racist elements of "bad boy books."
(9.) For further discussion of nativism after World War I, see Eliot Asinof, 1919: America's Loss of Innocence (New York, 1989); CaseyNelson Blake, Beloved Community: The Cultural Criticism of Randolph Bourne, Van Wyck Brooks, Waldo Frank, and Lewis Mumford (Chapel Hill, 1990); John Higham, Send These to Me: Immigrants in Urban America (Baltimore, 1984), esp.
William James, plus, decisively, Van Wyck Brooks, whose Letters and
What Gore Vidal refers to as the "scholar-squirrel" is trained to react with horror and hostility to synoptic thinkers like Mumford, who in a 1933 letter to Van Wyck Brooks explained his program for The Renewal of Life in terms that would make a modern professor faint.
Past nonbelievers in "the divinity of Jesus" who were in the Academy are Julia Ward Howe, a Unitarian and the first woman so elected; Samuel Clemens, William Dean Howells, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who were among the first seven to have been originally chosen; George Santayana, philosophic naturalist; Van Wyck Brooks, critic; poet William Carlos Williams, Unitarian; and Leon Edel, James scholar, to name but a few.
The prestigious succession of its editors included Conrad Aiken, Van Wyck Brooks, Scofield Thayer, and Marianne Moore.
Herbert Hoover's cross-class, corporate-liberal conferences of the 1920s become the public-sector counterparts of the young intellectuals--Waldo Frank, Lewis Mumford, Van Wyck Brooks, Harold Stearns, and others--who were searching for the "usable past" that would provide a critical, cultural perspective on the nature of the new republic, and that would meanwhile provide an alternative to the "stunted, atavistic, and obsolescent life-style and psychic boundaries of the bourgeoisie".
Other books published this year included America's Coming-of-Age by Van Wyck Brooks, nonfiction; The Rivet in Grandfather's Neck by James Branch Cabell, a novel; The Song of the Lark, a novel by Willa Cather; Verse, a posthumous collection by Adelaide Crapsey; The Genius by Theodore Dreiser, a novel; Bib Ballads by Ring Lardner, the author's first book, a minor collection of verse; Dreams and Dust by Don Marquis, poetry; The Song of Hugh Glass by John G.
Young critics like <IR> VAN WYCK BROOKS </IR> and <IR> WALDO FRANK </IR> saw proof in his stories that America was coming of age.
Ralph Waldo Emerson called him a mercenary, an opportunist with a "tricky heart." Much later the critic Van Wyck Brooks wrote that Bancroft "abounded in humbug." Anthony Trollope once wondered, "Did he believe what he was saying?"
Hace unos cuarenta anos, leyendo a un inteligente ensayista estadounidense, Van Wyck Brooks, * encontre esta observacion perspicaz acerca de la literatura --que puede hacerse extensiva a la escultura y arquitectura, las dos artes en que sobresalen los aztecas.
While vacationing in Carmel in 1922, he met Van Wyck Brooks, who became a lifelong friend.
Lawrence to Van Wyck Brooks to Larsen's own good friend, Carl Van Vechten.
Instead, as people sacrificed individuality and commitment to mass passivity, the nation slipped, James argued, into the moral unconsciousness he defined as "drift." The players in Berman's pageant of despair are many: Royce, Dewey, Russell, Wittgenstein, Santayana, Whitehead, Niebuhr, and Berlin among the philosophers; Van Wyck Brooks, Mencken, Gilbert Seldes, and Edmund Wilson among the literary critics and social commentators.
Soon after graduating he secured a letter of introduction to the renowned critic Van Wyck Brooks, who assured the youthful Arvin that he was a "critic by nature."