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Praising It New: The Best of the New…

Praising It New: The Best of the New Criticism

by Garrick Davis, Garrick Davis (Editor)

Other authors: Monroe C. Beardsley (Contributor), R. P. Blackmur (Contributor), Cleanth Brooks (Contributor), Kenneth Burke (Contributor), J. V. Cunningham (Contributor)11 more, T. S. Eliot (Contributor), Randall Jarrell (Contributor), Hugh Kenner (Contributor), William Logan (Foreword), Ezra Pound (Contributor), John Crowe Ransom (Contributor), Delmore Schwartz (Contributor), Allen Tate (Contributor), Robert Penn Warren (Contributor), William K. Wimsatt (Contributor), Yvor Winters (Contributor)

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A good collection of the New Critics' more theoretical writing, from the formalist beginnings to Winters' moralizing and the later critique of modernism and modernity. Getting a good look at the way these critics developed is the best aspect of the book- for all the praise their early work received, I was surprised that the later essays were more interesting, perhaps because more unexpected. The section on the dissociation of sensibility, and the way it was used by Ransom and Jarrell to criticize the 20th century (not the 18th etc...) was great.
The downside is that Davis' introductions are horrible. I couldn't quite work out why there was no Empson here represented until I'd finished the book: its because Empson was a leftie, and this book slowly but surely turns into a polemic against 'liberal' academics. Too bad. If you can find all the articles on your own, just photocopy them in the order the book presents them, and you'll get a lot out of them. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0804011095, Paperback)

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.

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