John Crowe Ransom (1888-1974)
A selective list of online literary criticism for poet John Crowe Ransom, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources
introduction & literary criticism
An introduction to John Crowe Ransom, plus excerpts of reputable critical discussions of "Bells for John Whiteside's Daughter" and "Dead Boy." Modern American Poetry (U of Illinois).
"John Crowe Ransom." His poetry, style, and themes, his literary criticism, and his role in formulating the New Criticism and influence on the Southern Agrarians (Fugitives). Poetry Foundation.
A brief introduction to John Crowe Ransom. "Ransom produced his best and best-known poetry in the 1920s, including Bells for John Whitesides Daughter, Philomela, Piazza Piece, Equilibrists, and Janet Waking. His poetry is known for its tendency to expose the ironies of existence, primarily through short lyrics about often somber or serious domestic scenes." "American Passages: Southern Renaissance," from Annenberg/CPB.
"John Crowe Ransom." A very brief introduction to Ransom. Academy of American Poets.
Teaching Guide for John Crowe Ransom. From educational publisher Heath Anthology [subscription service].
Brooks, Cleanth. "John Crowe Ransom: As I Remember Him." The American Scholar 58, 2 (Spring 1989), pp. 211-233 [free at jstor].
Mikkelsen, Ann. "Roger Prim, Gentleman: Gender, Pragmatism, and the Strange Career of John Crowe Ransom." College Literature Fall 2009.
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