Summer 1959 • Vol. XXI No. 3 Book Reviews |

Virile Sophistication

The Tradition Of The New by Harold Rosenberg. Horizon Press. $4.95. One very good thing about New York: an intelligent man is talkatively at large, in this city, expressing his views freely, with force, point, and maybe (who knows?) effect. At cocktail or dinner parties, at some crowded opening, or under the marquee of an off-Broadway theatre after the show, Harold Rosenberg may not unexpectedly loom up, towering, intolerant, exasperated and saying so, discharging his critical dislike in a rhetoric that seldom fails to score and score and score. At this very moment he may be somewhere in this city, blotting out a nobody, poisoning someone's admiration for an intellectual cheat, taking the wind out of the sails of some miserable verse bound for the prize (certainly all too precious; poetry simply cannot afford it) of even a few admirers. To these characteristic activities Rosenberg brings the spirited, forceful and willed expressiveness of your typical New Yorker. On a lower

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