Praising It New

Praising It New

The Best of the New Criticism

Book - 2008
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Marked by a rigorously close textual reading, detached from

biographical or other extratextual material, New Criticism was the

dominant literary theory of the mid-twentieth century. Since that

time, schools of literary criticism have arisen in support of or in opposition to

the approach advocated by the New Critics. Nonetheless, the theory remains

one of the most important sources for groundbreaking criticism and continues

to be a controversial approach to reading literature.

Praising It New is the first anthology of New Criticism to be printed in fifty

years. It includes important essays by such influential poets and critics as

T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, Yvor Winters,

Cleanth Brooks, R. P. Blackmur, W. K. Wimsatt, and Robert Penn Warren.

Together, these authors ushered in the modernist age of poetry and criticism

and transformed the teaching of literature in the schools. As the American

poet and critic Randall Jarrell once noted: "I do not believe there has been another

age in which so much extraordinarily good criticism of poetry has

been written."

This anthology now makes much of the best American poetry criticism available

again, and includes short biographies and selected bibliographies of its

chief figures. Praising It New is the perfect introduction for students to the

best American poetry criticism of the twentieth century.
Publisher: Athens, Ohio : Swallow Press/Ohio University Press, c2008
ISBN: 9780804011099
Branch Call Number: 801.9 Praising
801.9 Praising
Characteristics: xxviii, 332 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Davis, Garrick


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