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Lionel Trilling
The Work of Liberation
Daniel T. O'Hara

Daniel T. O'Hara reads the career of Trilling as a single, completely conmprehensive work of self-fashioning. The intention of such work, says O'Hara, from the beginning and throughout Trilling's intellectual life, was to create a self that, when confronted with the great achievement of another mind, was capable of imaginative sympathy and not solely resentful critique. In order to reach that goal, however, Trilling had to adopt one of the conventional masks available to the intellectuals in modern culture and adapt it to his needs and to those of his "liberal" time.

Daniel T. O'Hara
is professor of English at Temple University.

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Portrait of Lionel Trilling lit from below

October 1988

LC: 87-037178 PS
318 p
p.   6 x 9

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