Lionel Trilling’s Prefaces To The Experience Of Literature

Of the many great literary critics of the 20th century now dead and unfashionable, I feel the loss of Lionel Trilling most acutely. A consolation: he passed away in 1975, before the universities of the Western world turned against their […]

Lionel Trilling’s The Liberal Imagination

Lionel Trilling was one of the 20th century’s most influential critics, in a time when criticism was not relegated to academic purgatory but enjoyed widespread esteem. Before we bemoan the age of Internet and social media, cultish consumerism and the […]