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Cleanth Brooks papers, 1954-1966

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Cleanth Brooks papers




University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506


Organized according to accession number.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Cleanth Brooks papers, 1954-1966, 1M62M67, 1M64M104, 1M64M106, 1M87M37, AAP8489LM, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.


2 cubic ft.


Literary critic, author. Cleanth Brooks was born in Murray, Kentucky and educated at Vanderbilt University, Tulane University and at Oxford as a Rhodes scholar (1929-1932). A teacher, editor and author, Brooks is noted primarily for his work as a literary critic. The founder and editor of THE SOUTHERN REVIEW, Brooks has collaborated with Robert Penn Warren on several publications. Along with Warren, Brooks is a proponent of the "New Criticism," a modern approach to the study of literature. Brooks is considered an authority on the work of William Faulkner.

Scope and Content

Materials related to AN APPROACH TO LITERATURE by Cleanth Brooks, John T. Purser and Robert Penn Warren, has been moved to the Robert Penn Warren papers (1M78M19).

These are lectures, manuscripts, drafts and reviews by literary critic Cleanth Brooks. Included are working drafts of both published and unpublished essays and lectures on such noted literary figures as W. H. Auden, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, T. S. Eliot, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, A. E. Housman, Thomas Percy, Sir Walter Scott, William Wordsworth, Robert Penn Warren, and William Butler Yeats. There are also lectures on art and poetry.


  • Brooks, Cleanth, 1906-
  • Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973.
  • Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 1772-1834.
  • Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965.
  • Faulkner, William, 1897-1962.
  • Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961.
  • Housman, A. E. (Alfred Edward), 1859-1936.
  • Percy, Thomas, 1729-1811.
  • Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832.
  • Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850.
  • Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-
  • Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939.
  • Literature--History and criticism.
  • Kentucky author

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