Trilling, Lionel

born July 4, 1905, New York, N.Y., U.S.
died Nov. 5, 1975, New York, N.Y.

U.S. literary critic and teacher.

He taught at Columbia University from 1931 until his death. His collections of literary essays include The Liberal Imagination (1950), Beyond Culture (1965), Sincerity and Authenticity (1972), and Mind in the Modern World (1972). He was one of the best-known American literary critics of his time. His wife was the critic and writer Diana Trilling (1905–96).

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▪ American critic
born July 4, 1905, New York, N.Y., U.S.
died Nov. 5, 1975, New York, N.Y.

      American literary critic and teacher whose criticism was informed by psychological, sociological, and philosophical methods and insights.

      Educated at Columbia University (M.A., 1926; Ph.D., 1938), Trilling taught briefly at the University of Wisconsin and at Hunter College in New York City and in 1931 joined the faculty of Columbia, where he remained for the rest of his life.

      Trilling's critical writings include studies of Matthew Arnold (1939) and E.M. Forster (1943), as well as collections of literary essays: The Liberal Imagination (1950), Beyond Culture: Essays on Literature and Learning (1965), and Sincerity and Authenticity and Mind in the Modern World (both 1972). He also wrote Freud and the Crisis of Our Culture (1955) and The Life and Work of Sigmund Freud (1962). While Trilling maintained an interest in Freud and psychoanalysis throughout his intellectual career, his criticism was not based on any one system of thought. He saw his role and the role of all useful criticism as similar to that of his important predecessor Matthew Arnold: the “disinterested endeavour to learn and propagate the best that is known and thought in the world.” To do this, Trilling brought a wide range of ideas and positions to bear on his subjects. While he covered many social and cultural topics, Trilling remained concerned with the tradition of humanistic thought and with the goal of educating and stimulating the enlightened middle classes.

      Trilling's novel The Middle of the Journey (1947) concerns the moral and political developments of the liberal mind in America in the 1930s and '40s. In 2008 a second novel, discovered and edited by scholar Geraldine Murphy, was published posthumously. Titled The Journey Abandoned, it follows the attempts of a graspingly ambitious young critic to make his name writing the biography of a reclusive writer turned physicist. Trilling was married to Diana Trilling, née Rubin, also a critic and writer.

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