Kenyon Review logo

Austin Warren

Austin Warren (1899-1986) was a literary critic and professor of English. He is well known for his collaboration with René Wellek on the Theory of Literature (1949) as well as his collection of essays Rage for Order (1948). He was also an influential literary scholar, writing books on Pope, Hawthorne, the elder Henry James, and Crashaw.

Special Anniversary Feature: Excerpts from the War Years

Winter 1989

Instress of Inscape

By Austin Warren

From the Summer 1944 issue. The early Hopkins follows Keats and the “medieval school” (as he called the Pre-Raphaelites). The latest Hopkins, who wrote the sonnets of desolation, was a […]

Nonfiction

Spring 1954

The Very Reverend Dr. Donne

By Austin Warren

It is by now clear that the poet-preacher’s own dichotomy between Jack Donne and Dr. Donne is an exaggeration, even though that kind of natural, of “sincere,” exaggeration which such […]

Nonfiction

Autumn 1951

The Style of Sir Thomas Browne

By Austin Warren

We should distinguish between Style and a style, rival concepts deriving from those universal ancestors, Plato and Aristotle. Speaking Platonically and normatively, we attribute style to an author or charge […]

My Credo: A Symposium of Critics (Continued)

Spring 1951

X. The Teacher as a Critic

By Austin Warren

Like Newman, who so deeply influenced my youth and who continues to be one of my points de repère, I can most naturally exposit my present convictions by sketching the […]

The Hopkins Centennial (Concluded)

Autumn 1944

Monument Not Quite Needed

By Austin Warren

It is difficult to be fair to Miss Ruggles’ centennial life of Hopkins.1 By conventional literary and commercial standards, it is not only “needed” but adequate and creditable. It supplies […]

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Summer 1944

Instress of Inscape

By Austin Warren

The early Hopkins follows Keats and the “medieval school” (as he called the Pre-Raphaelites). The latest Hopkins, who wrote the sonnets of desolation, was a poet of tense, economic austerity. […]

Book Reviews

Spring 1940

A Latter-Day Saint

By Austin Warren

THE LETTERS OF RALPH WALDO EMERSON. Edited by Ralph L. Rusk. Columbia University Press. Six volumes. $30.00 One who remembers the exact apologia which “Uriel” sent the Rev. Henry Ware […]

Book Reviews

Summer 1939

Humanism Ten Years After

By Austin Warren

Humanism and Imagination. By G. R. Elliott. University of North Carolina Press. $2.50 The chronicle of the movement known as the New Humanism remains to be written; and when that […]