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John Crowe Ransom has been one of the most important and influential men of letters in the twentieth century. He was a dedicated teacher, a key figure among the Nashville Fugitive-Agrarians, a poet, a critic, and an editor. The essays in this collection indicate the development of Ransom's literary reputation and represent some of the many attempts to place him among the important writers of his generation. In his introduction Professor Young discusses the difficulty of assessing Ransom's impact on modern American literature and sets the stage of the essays which follow. Robert Penn Warren, in an early essay which set the pattern for much of the later criticism of Ransom's poetry, observes that one of Ramsom's prevailing themes is that of the "discrepancies between human desires and their fulfillment." Cleanth Brooks elaborates on Warren's thesis. "To an astonishing degree," he writes, "the problems which engage Ransom's attention turn out to be aspects of one situation: that of man's divided sensibility."
(Gathers correspondence between the American poet and crit...)
Gathers correspondence between the American poet and critic, and his family, fellow poets and scholars, and friends.
(This collection of twenty-one unabridged interviews puts ...)
This collection of twenty-one unabridged interviews puts us immediately in the company of one of the presiding literary figures of our times. This revered editor, poet, literary historian, and critic encapsulates seven decades of American literature in these conversations that took place between 1942 and 1985. Full of insights and strong opinions, direct, salty, Cowley converses candidly with his interviewers about himself and about many subjects and personages that have shaped our national literature in the last century. Throughout this volume Cowley gives vivid accounts of his close alliances with such widely diverse and individual authors as William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Hart Crane, John Cheever, Jack Kerouac, and Ken Kesey. From these interviews emerges a literary man who inspires the reader's renewed admiration and gratitude. In the common bond uniting great authors Cowley sees the manifestation of a Republic of Letters with laws, intelligence, and confraternity. These magnificently articulate interviews leave little doubt that Cowley is its elder statesman.
Young graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he earned a bachelor's degree. He subsequently earned a master's degree from the University of Mississippi, followed by a doctorate from Vanderbilt University in 1950.
Young devoted more than forty years of his life to the teaching profession. His work as an educator began in 1946 when Young became an instructor in English at the University of Mississippi. He joined the Mississippi Southern College (now University of Southern Mississippi) faculty in 1950, becoming a full professor of English and department chair in 1951.
From 1954 to 1955, he served as acting dean of Basic College. After four years at Delta State College, Young began nearly twenty-five years at Vanderbilt University, first as dean of admissions, later as professor and chair and finally as the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English. He became professor emeritus in 1985.
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Young was married to Arlease Lewis. They had three sons, Thomas D. Young Jr., Terry Lewis Young and Kyle David Young.