The Press: End of the Kenyon?

Perhaps no other publication has had such a romantic genesis. Two American students at Oxford, Gordon K. Chalmers and Roberta T. Swartz, fell in love. He proposed in 1929, promising to try to establish a literary review in the United States. She accepted. In 1937, he became president of tiny Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. In 1939, the Kenyon Review was born.

Few brides have received such a glittering dowry. For the Kenyon, under the editorship of Critic-Poet John Crowe Ransom for 20 years, became an inspired and inspiring instrument of criticism, offering the...

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