John Crowe Ransom (1888-1974)

A selective list of online literary criticism for poet John Crowe Ransom, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars, articles published in reviewed sources, and web sites that adhere to the MLA Guidelines for Web Sites


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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.

A succinct summary of modern American poetry discusses John Crowe Ransom's importance, Academy of American Poets.

Teaching Guide for John Crowe Ransom. From educational publisher Heath Anthology.

Manuscripts for the Fugitives and Agrarians in the Vanderbilt U Special Collections.

Mikkelsen, Ann. "Roger Prim, Gentleman: Gender, Pragmatism, and the Strange Career of John Crowe Ransom." College Literature Fall 2009.

Tell, David. "Burke's Encounter with Ransom: Rhetoric and Epistemology in 'Four Master Tropes.'" Rhetoric Society Quarterly Fall 2004. [subscription service].


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