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Trilling, Lionel. LIONEL TRILLING: AUTOGRAPHED NOTE ON PERSONAL STATIONERY. New York City, NY: N. P. , 1969. Other. First Edition/First Printing. 1 pages. Fine. Signed.

Rare Lionel Trilling collectible item. Autographed Letter/Note Signed (ALS) by the author on his personal stationery. Written by Trilling entirely in his own hand on an elegant, cream, thick uncoated stationery card. The latter is imprinted/embossed on top with his name and address in blue letters: "Lionel Trilling 35 Claremont Avenue New York, N. Y 10027". Lionel Trilling lived in the same residence for the rest of his life. His formidable wife, the critic Diana Trilling, entitled one of her essay collections, "The Claremont Essays", named after their residence. Encased in a protective glassine sleeve. Suitable for framing. Full text follows: "20 April 1969 For Dan Montemarano, Sincerely 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 during his entire academic career, Trilling lectured extensively throughout 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" (2000) was issued for our time, edited by Leon Wieseltier. This is the genuine article, an absolute "must-have" collectible item, not just memorabilia, for Lionel Trilling collectors. This note is very prominently and beautifully signed, dated, and inscribed in black ink-pen by Lionel Trilling. His specimen-signature is one of the best we have ever seen: It stands out simply and beautifully on the page. This item is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed item available online and despite its age (1969, more than fifty years ago) remains in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Trilling's signature is difficult to find. A private note by him is a real find. A rare signed item thus. The greatest American literary critic of the 20th century. A fine collectible item. (SEE ALSO OTHER LIONEL TRILLING TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $150.00

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