Dark, bloody crossroads

Lionel Trilling in 1950, by Sylvia Salmi (The New Yorker)

. . . that’s what Lionel Trilling called the meeting place of literature and politics. His account of the way to understand that meeting made Trilling the most influential literary intellectual of his generation. For a definitive summary of Trilling’s work and career, see this superb essay by Louis Menand.

Trilling’s renowned essay “Reality in America,” can be found here.

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