This text provides a portrait of Lionel Trilling, the influential American cultural critic. The contributors are a who's who of Anglo-American intellectuals from the 1930s through the 1970s. They include Edmund Wilson, Robert Penn Warren, F.R. Leavis, Leslie Fiedler, R.W.B. Lewis, R.P. Blackmur, Irving Howe, Irving Kristol, Raymond Williams, Norman Podhoretz, Gertrude Himmelfarb, William Barrett, Bruno Bettelheim, Gerald Graff, and Cornel West.
John Rodden is the author of The Politics of Literary Reputation: The Making and Claiming of "St. George" Orwell.