Chronicles Magazine Literature

The Lyric of Tradition

"The Lyric of Tradition" is an essay written nearly twenty-five years ago by the late Donald Davidson, celebrated American poet, critic, and philosopher of cultural change who developed, out of his own artistic practice, a comprehensive theory of...

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    Exorcisms

    Moshe Leshem ends Balaam's Curse with a warning against the growing political power of the Israeli Orthodox rabbinate. By yielding to Orthodox authorities on educational and cultural matters, he says, Israelis are sacrificing their democratic...

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    Poetry You Can Read

    In his introduction to the 1962 Penguin anthology Contemporary American Poetry, Donald Hall wrote, "For thirty years an orthodoxy ruled American poetry. It derived from the authority of T.S. Eliot and the new critics; it exerted itself through...

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  • Perspective

    Nunc Est Bibendum

    A new battle of the books is in progress. This time, the lines are not being drawn between modern and ancient but between the present and the recent past, and the antagonists are not Homer against Milton or Aristotle vs. Bacon, but such younger...

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    The Unsovereign Artist

    A thousand-page book, like a thousand-foot ship, must not disappoint; unfortunately, Karl Frederick's William Faulkner is the QE II of American literary biography. "This book attempts," Professor Karl states in his foreword, "to integrate the...

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    Tugging the Leash

    Marlowe's back, and Parker's got him. Well he should. Parker knows every one of Chandler's quirks: he wrote part of his dissertation about Chandler twenty years ago. And then he started writing his Spenser books.

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