Spring 1954 • Vol. XVI No. 2 Book ReviewsApril 1, 1954 |

Auerbach’s Special Realism

Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature by Erich Auerbach. Translated from the German by Willard R. Trask. Princeton University Press. $7.50. Erich Auerbach's remarkable book on Western literature, published in German in 1946, is now available in an excellent English translation by Willard R. Trask.1 It is a book of such scope and breadth, ranging as it does from Homer to Proust, it combines so many methods so skillfully, it raises so many questions of theory, history and criticism, it displays so much erudition, insight and wisdom, that it has been hailed as "the most important and brilliant book in the field of aesthetics and literary history that has been published in the last fifty years." It needs description and analysis, before one can even attempt to criticize it. It is, first of all, an anthology of passages from literature which, in itself, makes fascinating reading. Some of these passages are well-known such as the scenes from Homer, Dante and Ste

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