Winter 1966 • Vol. XXVIII No. 1 Book Reviews |

In and Out of Fashion

Re-Appraisals: Some Commonsense Readings in American Literature by Martin Green. W. W. Norton and Company, $6.00. The Landscape of Nightmare: Studies in the Contemporary American Novel by Jonathan Baumbach. New York University Press, $5.00. Mr. Green's book is a major work of criticism; Mr. Baumbach's is a typical one. The difference is enormous. And if it were not that the second book tends so depressingly to document the case of the first, there would be no reason for reviewing them together. Mr. Green's case is a revolutionary one. And when I call Re-appraisals major this is, I suppose, partly what I have in mind. Simply put, his argument is that the major texts of American literature have for the most part been misread by contemporary critics and teachers, wilfully and in some cases wildly—"not so much over-interpreted as re-invented." And that literary criticism generally, but especially the criticism of American literature, "is becoming an exaggerated discipline, re

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