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Essays of Four Decades

Essays of Four Decades

by Allen Tate

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A reissue of a classic collection of the best of Allen Tate's lierary and social criticism. The author died in 1979.


A reissue of a classic collection of the best of Allen Tate's lierary and social criticism. The author died in 1979.

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Southern Partisan
"[A] set of essays that must be read by those Southerners attempting to understand the de-christianized and de-humanized world in which we now live.
Times Literary Supplement
"[I]ntelligence marked everything [Tate] did. He played a deeper game than his readers knew and, not only for those who love a puzzle, his persistence is assured.

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George Core
That Allen Tate's Essays of Four Decades, his most comprehensive and durable book of criticism, is being reissued is cause for rejoicinga literary event of the first magnitude. Tate, as leading critics of the present time, such as Denis Donoghue and Lewis P. Simpson, know in their bones, may well be the best American critic of our century. Louise Cowan points this out in her superb introduction, a fillip that any admirer of Tate will be delighted to have. I am betting she is right.
— George Core, editor, The Sewanee Review
Walter I. Sullivan
Allen Tate was more than one of the leading men of letters of his age. Throughout his career, both in his poetry and in his criticism, he dealt with the humane and the metaphysical, searching for the dimensions of our humanity and for whatever glimpses of supernatural truth that were legitimately available to him. Nowhere is his brilliance more fully realized than in these essays.
— (Walter I. Sullivan, author of Allen Tate: A Recollection)
T. S. Eliot
Allen Tate's eminence...consists in his uncommon combination of excellences...[He] is a good poet and a good literary critic who is distinguished for the sagacity of his social judgment and the consistency with which he has maintained the least popular of political attitudesthat of the sage.

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