literary criticism

It Is Our Duty to Practice Harsh Criticism
A literary manifesto for the ages
September 10, 2014

A literary manifesto for the ages.

Right After F. Scott Fitzgerald Died, John Dos Passos Defended His Talent With This Letter
September 02, 2014

"For a man who is making his living as a critic to write about Scott Fitzgerald without mentioning The Great Gatsby just means that he doesn’t know his business."

From the Stacks: “Realism in France”
March 21, 1923
August 19, 2013

Honoré de Balzac, the great giant of French Realism, died 163 years ago today. In his honor, an assessment of the importance of realism in French literature, as originally published in The New Republic.