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By Paul Douglass

Previously, Bergson's largely said influence on American literature hasn't ever been comprehensively mapped. writer Paul Douglass explains and evaluates Bergson's which means for American writers, starting with Eliot and relocating via Ransom, Penn Warren, and Tate to Faulkner, Wallace Stevens, Henry Miller, William Carlos Williams, and others. will probably be a typical aspect of reference.

Bergson was once the continental thinker of the early 1900s, a celeb, as Sartre could later be. Profoundly influential all through Europe, and extensively mentioned in England and the USA within the young people, Twenties, and Thirties, Bergson is now not often learn. His present "obsolescence," Douglass argues, illuminates the Western shift from sleek to submit- Modern.

Ambitious in scope, this publication is still admirably as regards to Bergson himself: what he stated, the place that matches within the old context of philosophy, why his principles moved around the Atlantic, and the way he affected American writers. on the book's middle are readings of Eliot's feedback and poetry, analyses of Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury and Light in August, and reviews of Ransom's, Tate's and Penn Warren's criticism.

This impressively researched and wonderfully written research will stay of lasting price to scholars of yank literature.

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