Why Trilling Matters

Book Review/Commentary: Why Lionel Trilling — and Serious Criticism — Matters

January 1, 2012
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The essential task of the critic is not to like or dislike the arts or to push bromides, such as to celebrate the “power of reading.” Despite some troublesome modifications, Lionel Trilling carries on the mission of E.A. Poe and Henry James: he articulates the value of the serious act of judgment in a culture hostile to it.

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