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Southern Agrarians

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Science Some of the would-be defenders were the New Humanists of Allen Tate's era. He criticized Paul Elmer More, Irving Babbitt, and Norman Foerster for their facile attempts to undo the de-humanizing effects of modern natural...
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The making of an industrialized society will extinguish the meaning of the arts, as humanity has known them in the past, by changing the conditions of life that have given art a meaning. For they have...
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Allen Tate's contribution to I'll Take My Stand poses a challenge. He concludes his "Remarks on Southern Religion" by stating that the way the Southerner can "take hold of his tradition"...
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You will be walking some night in the comfortable dark of your yard and suddenly a great light will shine round about you, and behind you will be a wall you never saw before. It will be clear to you suddenly that you were...
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In October of 1997, I attended the Southern Historical Association’s convention in Atlanta because I wanted to hear Paul Conkin’s presidential address, “Hot, Humid, and Sad.” What I heard was largely a history of the South in...
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IV M.E. Bradford The principle underlying the Agrarian­-New Critic's position as literary critic, shared generally in the New Critical move­ment at large, may be simply put: Some poems are better than other...
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We spoke of much else besides : of friends and mentors and the tumors of both—their fortunes and misfortunes, their origins and our own; of illustrative stories, many...
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Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Lee Cheek as he examines the importance of agrarianism in American life and the necessity of restoring its place within our culture. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher
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The Literary Correspondence of Donald Davidson and Allen Tate edited by John Tyree Fain and Thomas Daniel Young. Of those sources ordinarily consulted by literary historians and critics, letters are surely among the most suspect. In...
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M.E. Bradford Ideas about property, language, and memory established the contours and parameters of M. E. Bradford's Southern inheritance. In Bradford's thought, property, language, and memory were linked in defense of what his mentor, Donald...
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When Russell Kirk published The Conservative Mind in 1953, he included among the pantheon of conservatives in the United States John C. Calhoun and John Randolph of Roanoke. He chose not to call them simply slaveholding American...

Wendell Berry addressed faith, agrarianism, and why he hates “environmentalism” in a ninety minute conversation with Centre College Professor Eric Mount. The two men sat in angled wingback chairs before a crowd of more than two hundred...
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     The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry, Mark T. Mitchell and Nathan Schlueter, eds., ISI Books. A year ago, when my...
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Wendell Berry is a philosopher, and an important one in this postmodern era, who utilizes the essay, the poem, and, most importantly, the novel, to express his observations of concrete human beings and their...