And I worked at the writer's trade : chapters of literary history, 1918-1978

by Malcolm Cowley

Hardcover, 1978




New York : Viking Press, 1978.

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LibraryThing member pjsullivan
The title of this book would suggest that it is autobiography. It is not, except for one chapter. It is mostly literary criticism and history. Malcolm Cowley was a critic whose field of interest was the contemporary history of American letters. The literary work itself should be the focus of the critic’s attention, he thought, but also the authors, their social backgrounds, their influences, and “the myths that they embodied in their work.”

This book is abstract at times, concerned with literary isms, trends, patterns, cycles, etc. Literary ideals and how they change. Clusters of writers rather than individual writers. Age groups. Regional influences. Often more sociological than literary. The chapters on individual writers are interesting, but it helps to have some familiarity with them and their works.
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