Van Wyck Brooks Three Essays On America

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)As an analysis of the damage wrought upon American culture (literature) by our lack of inter-class cohesion, and just generally centrifugal society, the book is excellent, and is in some ways striking confirmation of the model I've been working with.That said, it's preposterous the way he blames Puritanism for our highbrow/lowbrow split.

)As an analysis of the damage wrought upon American culture (literature) by our lack of inter-class cohesion, and just generally centrifugal society, the book is excellent, and is in some ways striking confirmation of the model I've been working with.That said, it's preposterous the way he blames Puritanism for our highbrow/lowbrow split.

Brooks coined the terms "highbrow" and "lowbrow" in his 1915 essay America's Coming-of-Age.(This kind of synthesizing impulse would later inspire middle-brow, Cold War institutions like the Book of the Month Club.) Then, as Brooks st A milestone of literary criticism, Van Wyck Brooks's "America's Coming-of-Age" (1915) is somewhat disjointed when read today.(This kind of synthesizing impulse would later inspire middle-brow, Cold War institutions like the Book of the Month Club.) Then, as Brooks starts tearing apart all the writers he dislikes, the piece loses focus and occasionally becomes self-contradicting.We had no natural aristocracy, so the talented but poor couldn't make a living at writing.America's American literature was hurting, the young critic Van Wyck Brooks wrote in the three essays gathered here (published in 1915, 1918, and 1927).And Brooks isn't entirely convinced America will grow up, but he retains some hope.Read if you're really interested in American intellectual history.This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Everything no doubt depen This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Everything no doubt depends upon evidence; and considering the case which has been outlined in the last chapter, an appeal to American literature, if literature really does record the spirit of a people, is an appeal that leads, I think, to evidence of a material sort.Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Something, in American literature, has always been wanting -- every one, I think, feels that.In the second period, from 1932 until his death, Brooks upheld conservative values, idealizing the American past as a firm foundation upon which to build a strong body of literature.Critics generally agree that in the earlier era Brooks was the more compelling thinker, and that much of Brooks's later writing is ill-informed, sentimental, and rambling.

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