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Why Trilling Matters

Why Trilling Matters (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Kirsch, Adam

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Lionel Trilling, regarded at the time of his death in 1975 as America's preeminent literary critic, is today often seen as a relic of a vanished era. His was an age when literary criticism and ideas seemed to matter profoundly in the intellectual life of the country. In this eloq...uent book, Adam Kirsch shows that Trilling, far from being obsolete, is essential to understanding our current crisis of literary confidence - and to overcoming it. By reading Trilling primarily as a writer and thinker, Kirsch demonstrates how Trilling's original and moving work continues to provide an inspiring example of a mind creating itself through its encounters with texts. Why Trilling Matters introduces all of Trilling's major writings and situates him in the intellectual landscape of his century, from Communism in the 1930s to neoconservatism in the 1970s. But Kirsch goes deeper, addressing today's concerns about the decline of literature, reading, and even the book itself, and finds that Trilling has more to teach us now than ever before. As Kirsch writes, Trilling's essays are not exactly literary criticism but, like all literature, ends in themselves .
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ISBN 9780300187823
Released NZ 15 Feb 2013
Publisher Yale University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780300187823
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Yale University Press
Imprint Yale University Press
Released 15 Feb 2013
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Kirsch, Adam
Series Why X Matters Series
Category Literary Studies: From C 1900 -
Literature: Texts
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 128mm
Height: 191mm
Spine: 15mm
Dewey Code 818.91209
Weight 264g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
NBS Text Literary Criticism
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly