Books

Science and Criticism
August 30, 1943

The literary resentment of science is based on the belief that science conceives a universe of brute fact in which the sole principle of explanation i

William James as Artist
February 15, 1943

What has always been hard for James’s professional colleagues to swallow is that he was a pluralist as well as a philosopher.

The Violent Country
November 16, 1942

Eudora Welty’s deepest interest in “The Robber Bridegroom” would seem to be in the question of identity. Nothing is what it seems. All bridegrooms, sh

Framing Father
July 31, 1941

Here is a great stew of material by a woman writer, which, according to the jacket, has been boiled down several times. It began as a million words, t

The Two Scrooges
March 04, 1940

Dualism runs all through Dickens. There always has to be a good and a bad of everything: each of the books has its counterbalancing values, and pairs

Tradition and Value
January 14, 1940

Mr. Daiches has not only read Conrad, Joyce, Huxley and Woolf with the greatest care, but really likes their work and is not ashamed to say so.

Rilke in English
September 06, 1939

Not the least interesting phenomenon of the last four years has been the growing influence of Rilke upon English poetry: indeed, Rilke is probably more read and more highly esteemed by English and Americans than by Germans, just as Byron and Poe had

Penny Wise, Pound Foolish
June 28, 1939

A man does not have to agree with Pound to acknowledge the excellence of what he has written. For myself I disagree with him fundamentally and finally

Journalistic Language: Reading While You Run
November 17, 1937

My purpose is to illustrate a situation that we understand in a general way but do not always note in the particular, to show how thoroughly the meres

Pushkin and His English Translators
December 09, 1936

To me the publication of Yarmolinsky’s introduction and Babette Deutsch’s translations of Pushkin, on the occasion of his centenary, is a calamity bot

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