This article works to shed light on Harold Stearns's (1891-1943) thinking about Americans' struggle for authentic modes of creative and critical self-expression in an environment he and others perceived as generally inimical to that struggle. It attempts to convey some sense of the contribution to American art and culture made by Stearns's early and most influential work, the essays collected in America and the Young Intellectual (1921), and traces its relationship to the cultural criticism produced by other noteworthy intellectuals in the twilight of the Progressive Era. Along the way, it shows how Stearns both reflected and contributed to the view of America held by the extraordinary generation of writers and intellectuals responsible for shaping American cultural identity during and after the interwar years.


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