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John Crowe Ransom: Criticism and Reviews

The New Criterion Online features literary criticism on the Ransom's work in an article titled "John Crowe Ransom: Tennessee's Major Minor Poet," by Richard Tillinghast.

Houghton Mifflin has a biography about Ransom in which the themes and characteristics of his poetry is reviewed.

Modern American Poetry features a biography of Ransom, along with critiques of some of his work.

Voice of the Shuttle provides links to the Modern American Poetry site, along with Ransom's editorial "The Future of Poetry."

Bedford St. Martin's VirtuaLit has an article titled "Definition of the New Criticism," a movement "that received its name from John Crowe Ransom's 1941 book The New Criticism."

Clarkson University has a page of links on literary criticism of John Crowe Ransom.

Additional criticism and review of John Crowe Ransom's works can be found at your local public library.

The following reviews can be accessed online only by an individual who has a current library card through this address.

"John Crowe Ransom: Overview."
Critic: Thomas Daniel Young.
Reference Guide to American Literature, 3rd ed., edited by Jim Kamp, St. James Press, 1994.

"As poet, teacher, critic, and editor, John Crowe Ransom was one of the most influential men of his generation. Although scholars and critics have agreed that Ransom commands an eminent position, they have disagreed on the precise nature of his contribution. The priorities Ransom established for his literary career…"

"The Invisible I: John Crowe Ransom's Shadowy Speaker."
Critic: Scott Romine.
Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 49, 1993, pp. 529-45.

In his essay, "Romine discusses the 'impersonality' of the narrators in Ransom's poems in the context of Ransom's New Critical theory."

"Ransom's 'Good Ships.'"
Critic: Gloria G. Jones.
The Explicator, Vol. 51, 1992, pp. 39-41.

In her essay, "Jones offers a close reading of a crucial line in Ransom's poem 'Good Ships.'"

"Ransom's Quest for Value."
Critic: Eugénie Lambert Hamner.
Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 30, 1977, pp. 101-110.

In this essay, "Hamner discusses Ransom's belief in the necessity of religious faith in both poetry and literary criticism."

"John Crowe Ransom's Theory of Poetry."
Critic: René Wellek.
Literary Theory and Structure: Essays in Honor of William K. Wimsatt, eds. Frank Brady, John Palmer, and Martin Price, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1973, pp. 179-198.

In this essay, "Wellek examines the philosophic influences, especially Kant, evident in Ransom's literary theory."

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