John Crowe Ransom

John Crowe Ransom was an important literary leader in the early twentieth century, especially in the New Criticism movement as well as the Southern Agrarians. His poetry has been set to music by American composer Lee Hoiby, among others.

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Born in Tennessee, Ransom graduated from Vanderbilt University and studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He taught at Vanderbilt University, where he began leading meetings of the “Fugitives,” a group of writers opposed to industrialism and devoted to classicism and agrarian values.

Later, Ransom taught at Kenyon College and founded The Kenyon Review. He only published three volumes of poetry himself, but spent the majority of his career as a critic. His poetry is spare and formal, characterized by ironic twists.

–Christie Finn Source: Academy of American Poets website

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Books

Selected Poems (John Crowe Ransom)

By John Crowe Ransom

The New Criticism

By John Crowe Ransom

Songs

Sheet Music

Southern Voices

Composer(s): Lee Hoiby

Voice Type: Medium

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