Lionel Trilling

Lionel Trilling

Lionel Trilling (1905–1975) was a literary critic and member of the New York Intellectuals, who set themselves apart from the New Critics by stressing the importance of a literary work’s sociopolitical circumstances. Born in Queens, New York, Trilling attended Columbia University, and maintained a lifelong relationship with the school. In addition to his criticism, Trilling wrote one novel and a few short stories.

E. M. Forster

Nonfiction by Lionel Trilling

“The modern novel in its most cogent and permanent form”––this has been the achievement of E. M. Forster; his masterpiece, A Passage to India, belongs with perhaps three or four other works in English at the pinnacle of literary craftsmanship in this century. Yet for many years Forster’s genius was virtually unrecognized in America. Not until 1943, when Lionel Trilling’s authoritative and discerning study was first published, did Forster find his way to a broad American audience.…
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