Summer 1949 • Vol. XI No. 3 Book Reviews |

Between Fraud and Heroism

In The American Grain by William Carlos Williams. New Directions. $1.00. One can understand why this book is not better known. It should be known by everyone whose interest in the United States is more than professional, proprietary or propagandistic, most especially young poets and visiting English anthropologists. Hence my review of its third edition, now in the convenient New Directions New Classics series. Nevertheless, just as Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God has not survived as popular literary diversion, no more can sinners in the hand of an angry poet be expected to make a leap for their medicine. Which is to say, in words Dr. Williams might endorse, that In The American Grain is very strong stuff. Crane seems to have read it when it first appeared in 1925 and followed some of its leads in The Bridge. Horace Gregory in his Introduction notes its affinity to Sherwood Anderson's notebooks and Lawrence's Studies In Classic American Literature, both of which are similarly

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