Fiction, Journalism, And Humor At The New Yorker - Essay

Fiction, Journalism, And Humor At The New Yorker

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

Lionel Trilling

SOURCE: "'New Yorker' Fiction," in The Nation, New York, Vol. 154, No. 15, April 11, 1942, pp. 425-26.

[Trilling was one of the twentieth century's most significant and influential American literary and social critics, and he is often called the single most important American critic to apply Freudian psychological theories to literature. In the following excerpt, Trilling discusses short stories published by the New Yorker as works of "great moral intensity."]

Recently, reading Fielding and Dickens again, I was struck by the change that our time has brought about in the relation of writer and reader. The old literary...

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