Fall 1946 • Vol. VIII No. 4 Book Reviews |

This Is the New Criticism

Explorations: Essays in Criticism Mainly On The Literature of the Seventeenth Century by L. C. Knights. London: Chatto & Windus. 10s. 6d. One may dislike its tone, one may have reservations about this or that, but one should admit that Scrutiny is one of the best literary journals of today. Why have the books of the Scrutiny group never been published in America? Determinations, Fiction and the Reading Public, For Continuity, Revaluations are all among the first books I would recommend to anyone entering upon the serious study of literature. There is much more "new criticism" in them than in all the other works of the "new" school put together. Richards wrote Practical Criticism, but Scrutiny was practical and criticized. Cleanth Brooks wrote notes for a new history of English poetry but in essay after essay Scrutiny accumulated a new history in extenso. Burke and Ransom extended the boundaries of critical discussion but Scrutiny actually occupied the territory and issued ne

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