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Praising It New The Best of the New Criticism by Garrick Davis

Praising It New The Best of the New Criticism


Praising It New The Best of the New Criticism by Garrick Davis

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: \u201cI do not believe there has been another age in which so much extraordinarily good criticism of poetry has been written.\u201d 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.

About the Author

Garrick Davis is the founding editor of the ContemporaryPoetry Review, the largest online archive of poetry criticism in the world ( His poetryand criticism have appeared in the New Criterion,Verse, the Weekly Standard,McSweeney's, and the NewYork Sun. He also edited Child of the Ocmulgee: the SelectedPoems of Freda Quenneville. He is the literaturespecialist of the National Endowment for the Arts inWashington DC.

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Publication date

13th May 2008


Garrick Davis

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Swallow Press an imprint of Ohio University Press


288 pages


Literary studies: poetry & poets
Literary studies: from c 1900 -



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