Summer 1950 • Vol. XII No. 3 Nonfiction |

Wordsworth and the Iron Time

[The 100th anniversary of Wordsworth's death was observed by Princeton and Cornell Universities during the days of April 21-23. Mr. Trilling's paper was delivered at Princeton, and Mr. Ransom's at Cornell. Both papers will shortly be published, with others delivered on the two occasions, in a memorial volume by Princeton University Press. —The Editor]   Our meeting here to do honor to William Wordsworth will have its counterparts in academic centers in all the English-speaking countries. But we can scarcely suppose that in the world outside the universities the impulse to commemorate Wordsworth will be felt to any significant extent. Indeed, our occasion must inevitably be charged with the consciousness that were he not kept in mind by the universities, Wordsworth would scarcely be remembered at all. In our culture it is not the common habit to read the books of a century ago and very likely all that we can mean when we say that a writer of the past is "alive" in people's

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Lionel Trilling (1905-1975) was an American literary critic, author, and University Professor at Columbia University. Among the most influential of his many works are two collections of essays, The Liberal Imagination and The Opposing Self; a critical study of E. M. Forster; and one novel, The Middle of the Journey.

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