Lionel Trilling

Lionel Trilling

Lionel Mordecai Trilling (July 4, 1905 – November 5, 1975) was an American literary critic, author, and teacher. With wife Diana Trilling, he was a member of the New York Intellectuals and contributor to the Partisan Review. Although he did not establish a school of literary criticism, he is one of the leading U.S. critics of the twentieth century who traced the contemporary cultural, social, and political implications of literature. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he has been a subject of continued interest.

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    If one defends the bourgeois, philistine virtues, one does not defend them merely from the demonism or bohemianism of the artist but from the present bourgeoisie itself.
    Lionel Trilling (1905–1975)

    Any historian of the literature of the modern age will take virtually for granted the adversary intention, the actually subversive intention, that characterizes modern writing—he will perceive its clear purpose of detaching the reader from the habits of thought and feeling that the larger culture imposes, of giving him a ground and a vantage point from which to judge and condemn, and perhaps revise, the culture that produces him.
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    In the American metaphysic, reality is always material reality, hard, resistant, unformed, impenetrable, and unpleasant.
    Lionel Trilling (1905–1975)

    Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal.
    Lionel Trilling (1905–1975)

    We are all ill: but even a universal sickness implies an idea of health.
    Lionel Trilling (1905–1975)