Cleanth Brooks

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Cleanth Brooks
Born(1906-10-16)October 16, 1906
DiedMay 10, 1994(1994-05-10) (aged 87)
EducationMcTyeire School
Vanderbilt University
Tulane University
Exeter College, Oxford
OccupationLiterary critic, academic
Spouse(s)Edith Amy Blanchord

Cleanth Brooks KLEE-anth (October 16, 1906 – May 10, 1994) was an American literary critic and teacher.

Brooks was born in Murray, Kentucky. He went to college at Vanderbilt University and Tulane University. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.[1]

He wrote Understanding Poetry in 1938 with poet Robert Penn Warren. This helped to begin a way of looking at literature that is called "The New Criticism." He taught at Yale University from 1946 until 1975.[1]

Books[change | change source]

  • 1936. An Approach to Literature
  • 1938. Understanding Poetry
  • 1939. Modern Poetry and the Tradition
  • 1943. Understanding Fiction
  • 1947. The Well Wrought Urn: Studies in the Structure of Poetry
  • 1957. Literary Criticism: A Short History
  • 1963. William Faulkner: The Yoknapatawpha Country
  • 1964. The Hidden God: Studies in Hemingway, Faulkner, Yeats, Eliot, and Warren
  • 1971. A Shaping Joy: Studies in the Writer's Craft
  • 1973. American Literature: The Makers and the Making
  • 1978. William Faulkner: Toward Yoknapatawpha and Beyond
  • 1983. William Faulkner: First Encounters
  • 1985. The Language of the American South
  • 1991. Historical Evidence and the Reading of Seventeenth-Century Poetry

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Mitgang, Herbert (1994-05-12). "Cleanth Brooks, Yale Professor And Prominent New Critic, 87". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-03-25.