In 1940 Trilling said of V.L. Parrington's Main Currents in American Thought, that Parrington's ideas "are now the accepted ones wherever the college course in American literature is given by a teacher who conceives himself to be opposed to the genteel and the academic and in alliance with the vigorous and the actual."
. . . (the book) "has had an influence on our conception of American culture which is not equaled by that of any other writer of the last two decades."
If the ideas were once accepted and influential, they no longer are. It's time to update Parrington's book and bring the ideas back!
ON THE FRONT LINE
Folks, the pendulum swings. We are at the beginning of a sea change of literary attitudes. If you're a writer who agrees with what I say here, you're at the very forefront of that change.