John Crowe Ransom and Allen Tate
At Odds about the Ends of History and the Mystery of Nature
About the Book
The Fugitives were an influential literary group that began at Vanderbilt University in the 1920s. Although the philosophically driven alliance was short-lived, two of its members, John Crowe Ransom and Allen Tate, went on to become influential Southern poets and theorists.
In this work, a self-proclaimed third-generation Fugitive-Agrarian concentrates on the history and mystery of nature. The author supports the recovery of fundamental principles required for the economic, social and political health of our communities. He explores Fugitive-Agrarian concepts of nature, history, science, industry, person, family and community. His discussion focuses particular attention on John Crowe Ransom and Allen Tate and how they diverged in their philosophies of intellect and the written word.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, index
Copyright Date: 2003
Table of Contents
I. The Setting Forth 17
II. Of Children and Kittens 26
III. Getting at the Truth: The Nature of Intellect in Act 33
IV. The Mystery of Nature and the Brooding Breast of Love 43
V. Of Natural Rights and Natural Law: A Speculative Beginning 50
VI. The Problem of Getting to Know Natural Rights from Natural Law 58
VII. Concerning the Impieties of Aberrant Will 66
VIII. Loving the South, at a Growing Distance 74
IX. The Specialization of Applied Prosody 90
X. Angelism and the Poet’s Made World 100
XI. Ownership vs. Stewardship: Signposts at the Parting of Ways 111
XII. The “Cranky” Distinction Between Poetry and Religion 122
Book Reviews & Awards
“taking as his starting point a philosophical antagonism between Ranson and Tate, Montgomery explores such problems as the power of ‘well-ordered words’ and an individual’s ‘essential unity of intellect’ in relation to the creator and creation”—American Literature; “engaging…readers…will be rewarded in reading [Montgomery]”—Modern Age; “I regard Marion Montgomery as one of the most acute and profound criticis of present-day American culture. He brings to his discussion of it penetrating insight and solid scholarship.”—Cleanth Brooks.