The Literary Digest Volume 74

The Literary Digest Volume 74

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...of American writers from Brockden Brown to Mark Twain and Henry "James to prove that none' of these precursors were "independent." His enthusiasm goes so far as to base the whole modern movement on 0. Henry. "O. Henry, yes--and he is the true father of this new American literature--" "Not a very sound remark," observes Christopher Morley in the New York Evening Post. On the other side Mr. Walpole is much more severely handled, aswe shall later show. Mr. Walpole first pays his respects to several of our older writers and goes on to rank our newer ones. His remarks, taken in conjunction with the survey in our issue of July 22, merit quoting in full: "Were I asked to mention the six most prominent younger American novelists definitely of this movement, I should name Joseph Hergesheimer, Willa Cather, Sinclair Lewis, Sherwood Anderson, Floyd Dell, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and if some one wanted the names of six younger poets I would give him Vachell Lindsay, Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, 'H. D., ' Edgar Lee Masters, and Amy Lowell. And if to these names we add the names of six modernist essayists and critics--Heywood Broun, Waldo Frank, Don Marquis, Burton Rascoe, W. Hackett, and H. L. Mencken--there are in these eighteen men and women sulficient force and strength to prove admirably the truth of Mr. Sinclair Lewis's contention. "From the novelists I have omitted the name of one of the most interesting of all contemporary American writers--James Branch Cabell, whose book 'Jurgen' had so much success here last year, because he is in no way a representative of the new movement, a writer of elaborate and cultured prose with a romantic and old-world vision more

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  • English
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