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Lionel Trilling and the Fate of Cultural Criticism

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Lionel Trilling was one of the twentieth centurys most widely read and influential American literary critics. Mark Krupnick traces Trillings career from the 1920s through the 1970s, following the shifting intellectual and ideological currents in his thought. Krupnick places Trillings criticism and fiction in the context of his New York intellectual group, illuminating the connection between Trillings preoccupation with self-definition and his struggle to achieve a cultural overview in a period marked by contradictions, polarizations, and reversals. He provides not only the best single assessment of Trilling but also an incisive history of American literary criticism through the mid-twentieth century.

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