California State University, Sacramento Library > California Revealed from California State University, Sacramento > Why is American Literature Culturally Deprived?

Sound / Why is American Literature Culturally Deprived?

Have a question about this item?

Item Information. View source record on contributor's website.

Why is American Literature Culturally Deprived?
California State University, Sacramento
Rexroth, Kenneth, 1905-1982
Date Created and/or Issued
Contributing Institution
California State University, Sacramento Library
California Revealed from California State University, Sacramento
Rights Information
Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research. Transmission or reproduction of works protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. California State University, Sacramento Library attempted to find rights owners without success but is eager to hear from them so that we may obtain permission, if needed. Upon request to digitized works can be removed from public view if there are rights issues that need to be resolved.
Kenneth Rexroth discussed what he considered to be the provincialism and intellectual impoverishment of American writers. He stated that they were less-informed, less well-bred, lacking in good critical sense and any context of world society. He compared contemporary American writers to those of the 1920s and 1930s, including Eliot, Pound, Lawrence, Dos Pasos, Steinbeck, and Hemingway, as well as such writers of the late 1950s as Ferlinghetti and Kerouac. He emphasized that nobody was writing about Selma, Berkeley, or other events. This was a reflection of the impoverishment of American writers in terms of total national and world awareness. Rexroth stated this was because American literature was being produced out of the middle class, where the ebbing puritan ethos was in conflict with modern society.
1/4 inch audio tape
2 Tapes of 2
css_000052_t01; css_000052_t02
American literature
Authors--United States
California State University, Sacramento
California Revealed is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Explore related content on Calisphere: