Winter 1986 • Vol. VIII No. 1 Book Reviews |

Men of Letters

Selected Letters of John Crowe Ransom edited, with an Introduction, by Thomas Daniel Young and George Core. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1985. 430 pages. $32.50. Randall Jarrell's Letters edited by Mary Jarrell. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1985. 540 pages. $29.95. Letters of Delmore Schwartz edited by Robert Phillips. Princeton: The Ontario Review Press, 1985. 384 pages. $24.95. It is easy to think of John Crowe Ransom as perennially old, if by old we mean wise, stable, decorous, and unruffled—that is, the mentor. It is equally easy to picture Randall Jarrell and Delmore Schwartz, at least at their best, as very young—Schwartz the Golden Boy of the late 1930s, famous at twenty-four and already in decline at thirty; and Jarrell, the enfant terrible who both delighted and puzzled his professors at Vanderbilt, became a notable war poet in his twenties, and terrorized other poets as a young reviewer for the New Republic and the Nation. The letters

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