HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

And I Worked at the Writer's Trade: Chapters…
Loading...

And I Worked at the Writer's Trade: Chapters of Literary History,…

by Malcolm Cowley

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
621191,731 (3.6)3

None.

None
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 3 mentions

The title of this book suggests autobiography, but this is not autobiography, except for one chapter. It is mostly literary criticism, a discussion of American letters during the author’s lifetime. The literary work itself should be the focus of the critic’s attention, he thought, but also the writers, their social backgrounds, their influences, and “the myths that they embodied in their work.”

There are chapters on individual writers—Faulkner, Hemingway, Conrad Aiken, Erskine Caldwell—Cowley knew all the prominent ones. But he liked to combine authors into clusters, groups, generations, and sort them by regions and time periods. At times he seems to be less interested in the writers themselves than in their contexts. He tends toward abstractions—literary isms, literary ideals and how they change. Literary trends, patterns, cycles, zeitgeists, expansions and contractions of scope, spheres of influence.

As with his other books of criticism, this one is sociological as well as literary, and Cowley was a competent and interesting sociologist. There is a lot of history here, and even some philosophy. He discusses in detail how writers write fiction, and asks: Can bad people create good literature?

Recommended to fans of American literature, its history and practice, during the twentieth century. ( )
  pjsullivan | Nov 22, 2012 |
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

No library descriptions found.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
1 wanted1 pay

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.6)
0.5
1
1.5
2
2.5
3 2
3.5
4 3
4.5
5

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 119,459,052 books! | Top bar: Always visible