Winter 1959 • Vol. XXI No. 1 NonfictionJanuary 1, 1959 |

The Idea of a Literary Anthropologist And What He Might Say of the “Paradise Lost” of Milton: A Speech with a Prologue

(THE PROLOGUE) In May of last year there was dedicated a new Phi Beta Kappa Hall at the College of William and Mary, where the Society was founded, in Williamsburg. A literary speech was made, and has been printed and distributed by the College as part of the Proceedings. I had the honor to make that speech. Until now I have not thought it suitable for periodical publication. It is so very likely that the intellectual ideas of a speech will be too blunt and unqualified to address to learned readers, or that the warmth of the oratorical style will seem too factitious to address to dainty readers. But now after all I think perhaps it may do as an item in this Review, following upon the beautifully perfected essay by Mr. Roy Harvey Pearce on "Historicism Once More," which appeared in the previous issue. If Mr. Pearce recommended to critics a kind of historicism, the speech will be recommending a kind of anthropologism, as if by way of reply. We may imagine many occasions for a t

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