Summer 1939 • Vol. I No. 3 Book ReviewsJuly 1, 1939 |

Humanism Ten Years After

Humanism and Imagination. By G. R. Elliott. University of North Carolina Press. $2.50 The chronicle of the movement known as the New Humanism remains to be written; and when that happens it will be apparent that, like its 19th Century analogue, known as Transcendentalism, its common creed was vague and its persons were temperamentally diverse. I speak of it in the past tense, but it is not defunct: in some respects, its most significant developments, among them Collins' American Review and Foerster’s School of Letters, at Iowa, have come in the decade since 1930, when, for a moment, it engaged Carnegie Hall and drew a cartoon from the New Yorker. Babbitt’s influence, unquestionably both wide and deep, has produced every kind of critic save the impressionist. H. W. L. Dana and Van Wyck Brooks, his first students, did not totally misrepresent him when they devoted their attention to the social milieu in which literature arises and to the social implications which it can comm

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Austin Warren (1899-1986) was a literary critic and professor of English. He is well known for his collaboration with René Wellek on the Theory of Literature (1949) as well as his collection of essays Rage for Order (1948). He was also an influential literary scholar, writing books on Pope, Hawthorne, the elder Henry James, and Crashaw.

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Humanism and Imagination. By G. R. Elliott. University of North Carolina Press. $2.50 The chronicle of the movement known as the New Humanism remains to be written; and when that […]

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