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The critical legacy of Irving Babbitt : an appreciation

Author: George A Panichas
Publisher: Wilmington, Del. : ISI Books, 1999.
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This penetrating new study of one of the twentieth century's leading literary and social critics is the product of a lifetime of reflection. It is a discerning examination of the ideas of Irving Babbitt, founder of the intellectual movement known as the New Humanism. An early mentor of T.S. Eliot and a Harvard professor, Babbitt was also a diagnostician of the modern social order, which he believed to be in rapid  Read more...
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Panichas, George Andrew.
Critical legacy of Irving Babbitt.
Wilmington, Del. : ISI Books, 1999
(OCoLC)609245823
Named Person: Irving Babbitt; Irving Babbitt; Irving Babbitt; Irving Babbitt
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George A Panichas
ISBN: 1882926226 9781882926220
OCLC Number: 41029561
Description: v, 235 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Teacher and critic --
The critical mission --
Babbitt and religion --
Irving Babbitt and Simone Weil --
Irving Babbitt and Richard Weaver --
The widening of the circle --
An act of reparation.
Responsibility: George A. Panichas.

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This penetrating new study of one of the twentieth century's leading literary and social critics is the product of a lifetime of reflection. It is a discerning examination of the ideas of Irving Babbitt, founder of the intellectual movement known as the New Humanism. An early mentor of T.S. Eliot and a Harvard professor, Babbitt was also a diagnostician of the modern social order, which he believed to be in rapid retreat from a faith in first principles and first causes. He saw that Western intellectual life was drifting toward what he termed "a new dualism based on the myth of man's natural goodness." Babbitt's writings were uncompromising and controversial. His ideas revolved around the ultimate problems of life, literature, and thought and were rooted in and impelled by moral concerns and imperatives. George A. Panichas writes with rare sympathy and vision, drawing the reader to a frame of reference that elucidates Babbitt's affinities with his contemporaries, including the religious philosopher Simone Weil, with whom Babbitt shared a grounding in French literary thought, a reverence for the classical tradition, and a fascination with Asian religion and philosophy. "Babbitt never ceased to state the case for criticism," Panichas asserts. "Nor did ever relent in affirming the active independence of, if not the parity between, the creative and the critical states of mind." As a major American critic, Babbitt stood four-square against the most insidious forces assailing modern man. Throughout The Critical Legacy of Irving Babbitt, Panichas wrestles with what such a figure represents in terms of human possibility and moral illumination. Beyond all else, this profound study and appreciation is an effort to re-introduce and re-integrate a deeply needed restorative influence and paradigm into contemporary existence. -- from dust jacket.

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