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Lionel Trilling

Data di nascita: 4. Luglio 1905
Data di morte: 5. Novembre 1975

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Lionel Mordechai Trilling è stato un critico letterario, scrittore e insegnante statunitense.

Laureato alla Columbia University, vi è rimasto come uno dei suoi insegnanti più importanti e rappresentativi. Con la moglie Diana Rubin Trilling era uno di quegli intellettuali newyorchesi che facevano gruppo e opinione, se non discussioni sulle maggiori riviste cittadine, alla Columbia e al City College di New York.

In particolare Trilling scrisse per 40 anni sulla Partisan Review.

Nonostante il successo delle due novelle Of This Time, of That Place e The Other Margaret e del romanzoThe Middle of the Journey , apprezzati a suo tempo e anche dopo, il suo vero mestiere divenne quello di critico, soprattutto della prosa sua contemporanea.

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„No literature has ever been so shockingly personal as that of our time — it asks every question that is forbidden by polite society.“

—  Lionel Trilling
Context: A real book reads us. I have been read by Eliot's poems and by Ulysses and by Remembrance of Things Past and by The Castle for a good many years now, since early youth. Some of these books at first rejected me; I bored them. But as I grew older and they knew me better, they came to have more sympathy with me and to understand my hidden meanings. Their nature is such that our relationship has been very intimate. No literature has ever been so shockingly personal as that of our time — it asks every question that is forbidden by polite society. "On the Modern Element in Modern Literature," Partisan Review (January/February 1961); reprinted as "On the Teaching of Modern Literature," Beyond Culture (1965)

„The factory was not made for man but man for the factory.“

—  Lionel Trilling
Context: The doctrines of Calvinism involved a reversal of values with which Arnold became increasingly concerned. Work had always been a curse and a means, but it had now turned into a blessing and an end. The production of goods had become an end in itself and the consumption of goods only the means to further production. The factory was not made for man but man for the factory. Ch. 8

„The writer serves his daemon and his subject. And the democracy that does not know that the daemon and the subject must be served is not, in any ideal sense of the word, a democracy at all.“

—  Lionel Trilling
Context: The writer must define his audience by its abilities, by its perfections, so far as he is gifted to conceive them. He does well, if he cannot see his right audience within immediate reach of his voice, to direct his words to his spiritual ancestors, or to posterity, or even, if need be, to a coterie. The writer serves his daemon and his subject. And the democracy that does not know that the daemon and the subject must be served is not, in any ideal sense of the word, a democracy at all. The Function of the Little Magazine

„The gentlest of us will know that the tigers of wrath are to be preferred to the horses of instruction and will consider it intellectual cowardice to take into account what happens to those who ride tigers.“

—  Lionel Trilling
Context: Disgust is expressed by violence, and it is to be noted of our intellectual temper that violence is a quality which is felt to have a peculiarly intellectual sanction. Our preference, even as articulated by those who are most mild in their persons, is increasingly for the absolute and extreme, of which we feel violence to be the true sign. The gentlest of us will know that the tigers of wrath are to be preferred to the horses of instruction and will consider it intellectual cowardice to take into account what happens to those who ride tigers. Introduction The allusion to the "tigers of wrath" and "horses of instruction" is from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: Proverbs of Hell

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„It is now life and not art that requires the willing suspension of disbelief.“

—  Lionel Trilling
"The Novel Alive or Dead," A Gathering of Fugitives: New Essays (1956)

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