An ornament of civilization : the literary criticism of Randall Jarrell

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Hayden Keith Monroe (Creator)
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Robert Watson

Abstract: Randall Jarrell, one of America's foremost postwar poets, was also a distinguished literary critic, a man Alfred Kazin once described as a "prince of reviewers." This study traces the course of Jarrell’s critical development. It begins with a trio of chapters detailing his apprenticeship when, as a young man at Vanderbilt and Kenyon in the late thirties, he came under the influence of the New Critics. His first work tor national magazines such as The New Republic, The Nation and Partisan Review is also examined, including the early support he received from Edmund Wilson. The fact that Jarrell made his early reputation by writing high-spirited attacks on inept or imitative poets is examined, particularly as this practice contrasts markedly with his later role as an appreciator of too little regarded poets of real worth.

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Language: English
Date: 1979
Jarrell, Randall, $d 1914-1965 $x Criticism and interpretation
Jarrell, Randall, $d 1914-1965 $x Knowledge and learning
Jarrell, Randall, $d 1914-1965 $x Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)

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