Spring 1965 • Vol. XXVII No. 2 Book ReviewsApril 1, 1965 |

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SCOFIELD THAYER AND THE DIAL: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY by Nicholas Joost. Southern Illi- nois University Press, $15.00. For the first time, we are give a full-length account of The Dial during the great days of its revival (1920-29) under Scofield Thayer and James Sibley Watson, Jr. It is high time. The Dial made the first full-scale attempt to treat modernism not as a battle to be won but as an accepted culture of the educated class in this country. The level of its excellence has never been equalled by any other American journal of similar aims, and many of its devices and techniques became commonplace in the literary reviews to follow. Its formulation of a viable aesthetics led to a reversal of the mystifications and impressionism of critical practices then prevailing. In The Dial the most gifted minds of an era spoke to each other—not to an audience of culture consumers or to a classroom—and, as it turned out, their exchanges provided the fundamentals on which the cultivat

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SCOFIELD THAYER AND THE DIAL: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY by Nicholas Joost. Southern Illi- nois University Press, $15.00. For the first time, we are give a full-length account of The Dial […]

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