Cleanth Brooks


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Brooks, Cleanth

(1906–  ) literary critic; born in Murray, Ky. A long-time Yale professor (1946–75), he was the leading New Critic of the 1940s–1950s, recognized for his critical acuity in close readings of modern literature in The Well Wrought Urn (1947) and other essays. He published important works on Milton, Thomas Percy and William Faulkner.
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Housman's poem on the virtues of the mercenaries had long held an honored place in English literary history when Cleanth Brooks concluded that it celebrates "the tough professional soldier who fights for his country, not because of some high-sounding ideal but because fighting is his profession-because that is the way he makes his living" (203).
At LSU he studied not only with Cleanth Brooks but also with such commanding figures as Robert Penn Warren and the literary historian Arlin Turner.
Notable contributors to the Linguistic or Objective phase of Literary Criticism include Cleanth Brooks and Allan Tate.
Yet this list is woefully incomplete without mention of the American Southerners who played such a prominent role in the ascendency of the New Criticism, including Allen Tate, Robert Penn Warren, John Crowe Ransom, Donald Davidson, and Cleanth Brooks.
In view of not merely the Agrarian but also the religious undertones of Ransom's literary imagination, it perhaps comes as no surprise that Ransom and his acolyte Cleanth Brooks were sons of Methodist ministers.
In his study of the novels, Cleanth Brooks generalizes about this incident in a manner that provides an incisive analysis of Faulkner as well as an implicit tribute to the wisdom of the poetics of embodiment as Berry has practiced it.
He was a good friend and neighbor of the renowned literary critic Cleanth Brooks, but after a while he treated Brooks as an enemy too.
Unlike many recent books, which refer solely to critics of the present moment, hers extends its scope back to Cleanth Brooks, Samuel Monk, Marjorie Hope Nicolson, and Basil Willey.
The correspondence of Allen Tate and Cleanth Brooks, old friends and two of the most outstanding Southern men of letters of their generation, consists of some 250 letters covering a period of forty-three years, from 1933 until 1976.
Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren first proposed a useful Shakespearean analogue, arguing a generation ago that the landlady Mrs.
I first encountered the writing of Cleanth Brooks twenty years ago in a sophomore English class.
The friend noted: "It is definitely not the gossipy thing I was frankly hoping for (for example, I remember sitting on his porch one afternoon, and he said something like, 'When Cleanth Brooks was sitting where you are .