Features April 1990
Cynthia Ozick, T. S. Eliot & high culture: an exchange
The article by Hilton Kramer entitled “Cynthia Ozick’s Farewell to T. S. Eliot—and High Culture,” in the February issue of The New Criterion, was written in response to a very long essay, “T. S. Eliot at 101,” which Cynthia Ozick published in The New Yorker on November 20, 1989. In the following exchange of letters, Miss Ozick and Mr. Kramer further amplify their views on the questions raised by both the original essay and Mr. Kramer’s response to it.
Letter from Cynthia Ozick
Dear Hilton Kramer:
The February New Criterion is in my hands and I am aghast and agape. How can Hilton Kramer, a critic both principled and nuanced, have fallen into so spectacular an error?
You quote me accurately: “The wall that divided serious high culture from the popular arts is breached,” and (about the pedestrian quality of so much...
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