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Spring 1941

Muses and Amazons

By J. C. R.

We welcome Decision, the monthly ‘review of free culture” that was launched with a good deal of ceremony in January from New York. Its editor, some of its editorial advisors, […]

Autumn 1941

Indefatigable Tommy

By J. C. R.

BARRIE. By Denis Mackail. Scribner’s. $3.75 In 1890 Barrie was 30 years old and his biographer can imagine him taking stock of his achievement as follows: That he came to […]

Autumn 1941

The Aesthetics of Music

By J. C. R.

In this issue Mr. W. H. Mellers, the very able English critic, discusses the difficulty of writing about music. As he sees it, the trouble is that music expresses emotional […]

Autumn 1941

The Younger Poets

By J. C. R.

The “Younger Poets,” as we should describe those who appear in this issue within the poetry section of that title, are the ones who have not yet published whole books […]

Winter 1941

Ubiquitous Moralists

By J. C. R.

Few if any critics live who write better criticism than Mr. R. P. Blackmur; I mean subtler and deeper criticism, and sounder. He probes the poem with a keen instrument, […]

Summer 1941

Constellation of Five Young Poets

By J. C. R.

5 YOUNG AMERICAN POETS. George Marion O’Donnell, Randall Jarrell, John Berryman, Mary Barnard, W. R. Moses. New Directions. $2.50 He serious publisher owes a great obligation to the new poets, […]

Summer 1941

Moholy-Nagy’s New Arts

By J. C. R.

When Mr. Moholy-Nagy came to the United States, it meant, evidently, that here would develop the abstract and “constructivist” arts for which he is famous. That such arts are possible […]

Winter 1940

Editorial Notes

By J. C. R.

The Cover The cover for the 1940 volume, beginning with this number, is designed by Mr. Norris Rahming. The symbol it carries is an adapted photograph of one of the […]

Winter 1939

The Teaching of Poetry

By J. C. R.

Editorial Notes One of the pleasantries of Renaissance poets was to assert that verse is immortal. One of the modern evidences is certainly this, that the good verse in English […]

Winter 1989

War and Publication

By John Crowe Ransom

From the Spring 1942 issue. The announcement in the Southern Review’s winter issue of the suspension of that quarterly need not be mentioned in the same breath with Pearl Harbor, […]

Summer 1945

Brief Comment: Cannery Row

By J. C. R.

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. Viking. $2.00. Cannery Row is a section of Steinbeck’s Monterey, like Tortilla Flats. The life there seems as quaint, though its population is not foreign-born; […]

Summer 1940

Mr. Tate and the Professors

By J. C. R.

The Princeton Alumni Weekly of March 8 published an article by Mr. Allen Tate describing his way of handling the Creative Arts Program for the Princeton student writers, who are […]

Winter 1989

Muses and Amazons

By John Crowe Ransom

From the Spring 1941 issue. We welcome Decision, the monthly “review of free culture” that was launched with a good deal of ceremony in January from New York. Its editor, […]

Summer 1940

Old Age of a Poet

By J. C. R.

Yeats had as fine a personal endowment as a poet requires, and sometimes his successes were complete. Perhaps he was as great a lyric poet as our time permitted, and […]

Winter 1964

The Planetary Poet

By John Crowe Ransom

I. ONE AMPLE MAN CAN SUPPORT TWO LIVES AND APPOINT TWO CALENDARS FOR THEM Congratulations to The Kenyon Review for keeping the course, even with augmented bravery, and now after […]

Autumn 1953

Empirics in Politics

By John Crowe Ransom

The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Santayana by Russell Kirk. Regnery. $6.50. Thirty or so statesmen and political theorists figure in Mr. Kirk’s big book; he picked them as the […]

Fall 1952

Humanism at Chicago

By John Crowe Ransom

The American University works with both hands, and the right hand hardly knows what the left hand is doing. The right hand discharges its obvious duty, directing the strenuous and […]

Fall 1948

The New Criticism

By John Crowe Ransom

The Armed Vision by Stanley Edgar Hyman, Knopf, $5.00. The Hudson Review, Summer 1948, containing “A Burden for Critics” by R. P. Blackmur, and “The Imagery of Killing” by Kenneth […]

Fall 1945

Art and the Human Economy

By John Crowe Ransom

The two preceding papers were furnished independently, and there is some editorial presumption in having collated them, and now in commenting them together. Special disservice is done to Mr. Southard, […]

Autumn 1942

Bright Disorder

By John Crowe Ransom

James Joyce: A Critical Introduction by Harry Levin. The first volume in the Makers of Modern Literature Series. New Directions. $1.50   Mr Levin’s book about Joyce is most valuable, […]

Spring 1940

Apologia for Modernism

By John Crowe Ransom

MODERN POETRY AND THE TRADITION. By Cleanth Brooks. University of North Carolina Press. $3.00 Consistently during its lifetime, the Southern Review has been the organ of the most powerful critical […]

Spring 1939

One Thousand Sonnets

By John Crowe Ransom

M: One Thousand Autobiographical Sonnets. By Merrill Moore. Harcourt Brace and Co. $5.00 Dr. Merrill Moore’s variant on the sonnet has pleased many choice readers. One of them is Dr. […]