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Southern History at Yale  |  New Criticism  |  The Ulrich Bonnell Phillips Collection  |  Yale's Changing Face  |  Woodbrige Hall and the White House

The 20th Century: New Criticism
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Cleanth Brooks
Brooks was the preeminent Southern literary critic and Yale literature professor whose scholarship helped formulate many of the ideas about American letters in this century. As an undergraduate at Vanderbilt he became involved in the group of writers known as the Fugitives that later formed the literary school of New Criticism. Along with his classic work on Faulkner, and the The Well-Wrought Urn (1947), he and Robert Penn Warren published two influential textbooks in literary criticism, Understanding Poetry (1938) and Understanding Fiction (1943).

Cleanth Brooks (1906-1994) b. in Murray, Kentucky, Professor of English & Literary Critic