Lionel Trilling

Lionel Trilling (1905-1975) was an American literary critic, author, and University Professor at Columbia University. Among the most influential of his many works are two collections of essays, The Liberal Imagination and The Opposing Self; a critical study of E. M. Forster; and one novel, The Middle of the Journey.

Winter 1989

Literature and Power

By Lionel Trilling

From the Autumn 1940 issue. Sometimes we of the English-teaching profession must wonder whether our social function is anything more than pious—whether we are expected to do more than perform […]

Autumn 1953

Little Dorrit

By Lionel Trilling

Little Dorrit is one of the three great novels of Dickens’ L great last period, but of the three it is perhaps the least established with modern readers. When it […]

Summer 1950

Wordsworth and the Iron Time

By Lionel Trilling

[The 100th anniversary of Wordsworth’s death was observed by Princeton and Cornell Universities during the days of April 21-23. Mr. Trilling’s paper was delivered at Princeton, and Mr. Ransom’s at […]

Summer 1948

The Legend of the Lion

By Lionel Trilling

The Legend Of The Master: Henry James compiled by Simon Nowell-Smith. Scribner’s. $3.00   How dreary to be somebody! But not for the reasons that Emily Dickinson advances, not because […]

Summer 1945

A Derivative Devil

By Lionel Trilling

The Devil’s Share by Denis de Rougemont. Pantheon. $2.50. Denis de Rougemont’s Devil is designed to startle, but many readers will meet him with a pleased and placid recognition. They […]

Spring 1942

E. M. Forster

By Lionel Trilling

… the word BARACH, say the learned, is both to bless and curse. —Dryden. M. Forster is for me the only living novelist who can be read again and again […]

Summer 1940

Mr. Lewis Goes Soft

By Lionel Trilling

Bethel Merriday, by Sinclair Lewis. Doubleday, Doran. $2.50   In the unhappy story of Sinclair Lewis’s later career, Bethel Merriday is another and a redundant episode. To call it a […]