Lionel Trilling


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Noun1.Lionel Trilling - United States literary critic (1905-1975)
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Probably the most influential literary critic in mid-century America, Lionel Trilling famously argued that literary taste and aesthetic experience were central to the formation of political ideology.
Lionel Trilling, and Arthur Schlesinger responded to the catastrophes of midcentury history by insisting upon the tragic constraints facing all rational argument and collective action.
The most "visceral" and rancorous response, rationalizing his "minimal" Jewish involvement, came from Lionel Trilling. The fact that Trilling, nearing age forty, responded at all and responded so viscerally seemed out of character.
Two such critics who can satisfy Ozick's criteria are the polymath Edmund Wilson and Lionel Trilling, who based his criticism on moral as well as aesthetic grounds.
Although in the 1950s, thinkers such as Lionel Trilling and Louis Hartz could dismiss conservatism as an outlook without serious intellectual standing, Kirk might find things worse today, when the term conservatism has been so widely misappropriated.
The hundreds of thousands of readers who made best-sellers of books like Lionel Trilling's The Liberal Imagination, or Edmund Wilson's Axel's Castle could turn to The Armed Vision (a paperback!) to learn who was who in what Randall Jarrell, himself an important critic, wryly called "The Age of Criticism." Hyman wasn't writing just criticism, he was writing criticism of criticism; yet he did so with a conviction that he was performing a primary literary activity.
Those studied include Lionel Trilling, Dwight Macdonald, Alfred Kazin, William Maxwell, Saul Bellow and, of course, Mailer.
It was the NEH's annual Jefferson Lecture, for which previous speakers have included Lionel Trilling, Toni Morrison and John Updike, whose 2008 address on American art was later printed in the Review.
LIONEL TRILLING, a great literary critic, dreamt of becoming an equally eminent writer of fiction.
Eliot (1888-1965), "I do like the West and wish it would stop declining:" Lionel Trilling (1905-75), and the secular wood: James Wood (1965-).
(22) Later, as managing editor, he attracted a group of young and gifted writers, all unknowns at the time, including Herbert Solow, Clifton Fadiman, Henry Rosenthal, Albert Halper, Felix Morrow and Lionel Trilling. Cohen helped to trigger an interest in Jewish culture among these young men that they may not have manifested otherwise.