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Trilling, Lionel. LIONEL TRILLING: AUTOGRAPHED LETTER SIGNED (ALS) . New York City, NY: N. P. , 1954. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 2 pages. Fine. Signed.

Rare Lionel Trilling collectible item. Autographed Letter Signed (ALS). Written by the author entirely in his hand on a handsome cream, thick-stock stationery card. The latter is imprinted on top with Trilling's name and address in blue letters: "Lionel Trilling Hamilton Hall Columbia University New York 27, N. Y. ". Encased in a protective glassine sleeve. Suitable for framing. Full text of the letter follows: "Dear Mrs. Sandowsky, Alas, since the time when I gave you my promise to do my best to come to New Haven, my situation has sadly worsened. I find myself pressed from all sorts of distractions, and the book that was to have been in my publisher's hands by April 1 can't possibly be on time. And so, much to my regret, I must say that I can't come up this year, but it may well be that next year I shall be less crowded and that if you think to have me again I may be able to make it. Meanwhile, do forgive me. Sincerely yours, Lionel Trilling". Lionel Trilling was, quite simply, the most important and most influential American literary critic of the 20th century. He wrote seminal books such as "The Liberal Imagination", "The Opposing Self", "Sincerity and Authenticity", and "Beyond Culture", among many others, while continuing to teach charismatically such students as Allen Ginsberg and John Hollander and encouraging such then-aspiring writers as Susan Sontag, all of whom are now canonical figures of 20th-century American literature. Based at Columbia University for all of his academic career, Trilling lectured extensively in the United States and around the world. "In the hands of Lionel Trilling, criticism became not merely a consideration of a work of literature but also of the ideas it embodied and what those ideas said of the society that gave birth to them. Criticism was a moral function, a search for those qualities by which every age in its turn measured the virtuous man and the virtuous society" (The New York Times). A retrospective collection of his finest and most representative work, "The Moral Obligation To Be Intelligent", was recently edited by Leon Wieseltier. This is the genuine article, a "must-have" item, not just memorabilia, for Lionel Trilling collectors. This letter is written entirely in his hand, and prominently and beautifully signed in black pen by Lionel Trilling. Trilling's signature is extremely difficult to find whereas a private letter by him is a real find. A rare, one-of-a-kind item thus. The greatest American literary critic of the 20th century. A fine collectible item. (SEE ALSO OTHER LIONEL TRILLING TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $400.00

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