Spring 1963 • Vol. XXV No. 2 Book ReviewsApril 1, 1963 |

We Have Always Lived in Axel’s Castle

361 Marcus Klein WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN AXEL'S CASTLE PUZZLES AND EPIPHANIES: ESSAYS AND REVIEWS 1958-1961 by Frank Kermode. Chilmark Press, $4.95. GRANTD HS INTELLIGENCE, HIS DE- votion, and his enormous indus- triousness, Mr. Kermode's great usefulness consists in the fact that he has had important critical men- tors, a generation of them, from whom he has emancipated himself. He has been educated, apparently, by Richards, Cassirer, Mrs. Lang- er, among others, the various acad- emies of the New Critics generally, and by Eliot in particular, and he has claimed his independence sin- ply by an act of scholarship, by putting them in their place. The chief evidence is in his essay of a few years ago, "The Romantic Image." That essay, while it studied the problem of the Image, served as well to demonstrate the derivation of modern formal, myth- ic, and, by the by, linguistic criticism from its sources in fin de siecle aestheticism and, especially, in French symbolism. No one, least of

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361 Marcus Klein WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN AXEL'S CASTLE PUZZLES AND EPIPHANIES: ESSAYS AND REVIEWS 1958-1961 by Frank Kermode. Chilmark Press, $4.95. GRANTD HS INTELLIGENCE, HIS DE- votion, and […]

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