A New Integration for Literature
by Allan Abbott - 1935
So long as literature deals with men and women, with words and ideas, it deals with them in some sort of relation and meaning; and that meaning is related to the values of life as it is lived. Increasingly, in the past hundred years especially, those specific values and meanings and relationships that depend on a particular social order, and that are affected by social or economic change, have been made the subject of important literature. Yet the subject is not in and of itself the literature—otherwise our most important literature would be a literature of pamphleteering.
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