Julien Benda Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Siepmann, Eric. "An Unorthodox Leftist." The Twentieth Century 160, No. 957 (November 1956): 452-56.

Posthumous personal and critical account of Benda.


Gellner, Ernest. "La trahison de la trahison des clercs." In The Political Responsibility of Intellectuals, edited by Ian Maclean, Alan Montefiore, and Peter Winch, pp. 17-27. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Contends that "La trahison des clercs was itself a case of 'la trahison des clercs'" because of what Gellner considers the "pragmatic" nature of Benda's argument.

Howarth, Herbert. "Some Gifts of France." In his Notes on Some Figures behind T S. Eliot, pp. 150-98. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1964.

Summarizes Benda's influence on the work of T. S. Eliot.

Hughes, H. Stuart. "The Decade of the 1920s." In his Consciousness and Society: The Reorientation of European Social Thought 1890-1930, pp. 392-431. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1958.

Includes biographical and critical discussion of Benda.

Lewis, Wyndham. "Intuition versus the Intellect: or, Is There Such a Thing as an 'Intellectual'?" In his Rude Assignment: A Narrative of My Career Up-to-Date, pp. 29-42. London: Hutchinson & Co., n.d.

Discusses The Treason of the Intellectuals in relation to the works of other writers and philosophers of early twentieth-century France.

Pinkney, Tony. "Nationalism and the Politics of Style: Julien Benda and Samuel Beckett." Literature and History 14, No. 2 (Autumn 1988): 181-93.

Argues that Samuel Beckett was influenced by the works of Benda.

Additional coverage of Benda's life and career is contained in the following source published by Gale Research: Contemporary Authors, Vol. 120.