Quotation by Leslie Fiedler

Unless criticism refuses to take itself quite so seriously or at least to permit its readers not to, it will inevitably continue to reflect the finicky canons of the genteel tradition and the depressing pieties of the Culture Religion of Modernism.
Leslie Fiedler (b. 1917), U.S. critic. repr. In Collected Essays, vol. 2 (1971). "Cross the Border—Close the Gap," Playboy (Chicago, December 1969).
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