from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Trilling, Lionel 1905-1975. American literary critic whose works include Beyond Culture (1965) and Sincerity and Authenticity (1972).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of tree children born at the same birth.
  • n. A compound crystal, consisting of three individuals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of three children born at the same birth.
  • n. A twin crystal composed of three individuals. Also threeling.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. United States literary critic (1905-1975)


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  • RC: I think it was Calvin Trilling who said that a book's shelf life is between milk and yogurt.

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  • "Complexity and difficulty" in Trilling's vocabulary have little do with their aesthetic manifestations.

    Principles of Literary Criticism

  • Now that Lionel Trilling is getting rehabilitated, maybe it's time to take another look at Diana.

    "The uncomplaining homosexuals"; or, The difference between J.R. Ackerley and Philip Roth

  • Note 67: Indeed, Commentary strove to be a Partisan Review for its middle-class Jewish readers, and many of the writers associated with Partisan Review — Philip Rahv, Calvin Trilling, Sidney Hook, Leslie Fiedler, Daniel Bell and others — often wrote for Commentary as well.

    Caught in the Crossfire: Adrian Scott and the Politics of Americanism in 1940s Hollywood

  • Susana Trilling is selling her chocolate de metate through Zingerman's on-line, but it's $15/lb.

    Mexican Chocolate

  • It†™ s squeamish distaste at the rising tide of vulgarity. “Vulgar, †as it happens, may be the only word Trilling uses with more abandon than he does “ironic. â€

    The Valve

  • Dave Plunkert Saul Bellow, Norman Mailer, Dwight Macdonald, J.D. Salinger, Paul Goodman, William Burroughs and other bohemian culture heroes were among his followers: examples of what Lionel Trilling unsettlingly called "the moral urgency, the sense of crisis and the concern with personal salvation that mark the existence of American intellectuals."

    Thinking Inside the Box

  • Bettmann/Corbis Lionel Trilling Man in the Western world could take the pots and pans for granted; the remainder of the world became his culture, thanks to the spread of the public high school from the first decade of the 20th century.

    Great Books Matter

  • As Mr. Kirsch puts it in "Why Trilling Matters," "Trilling was the rare kind of writer for whom an idea is itself an experience."

    Great Books Matter

  • It was a new conception born of long discussions between Trilling and me: cultural criticism for his use, cultural history for mine.

    Great Books Matter


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