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Stanley Edgar Hyman (1919—1970) was a literary critic who wrote primarily about critical methods: the distinct strategies critics use in approaching literary texts. Though most likely to be remembered today as the husband of writer Shirley Jackson, he was influential for the development of literary theory in the 1940s and '50s. Equally skeptical of every major critical methodology of his time, he worked out an early instance of a critical theory, exploring ways that critics can be foiled by their own methods. "Each critic," Hyman wrote in The Armed Vision, "tends to have a master metaphor or series of metaphors in terms of which he sees the critical function. . . this metaphor then shapes, informs, and sometimes limits his work." Hyman saw it as his own critical task to point out these overriding themes by which, tacitly, other critics organized their work and their thinking.

Hyman graduated from Syracuse University, where he met Jackson. He was a staff writer for The New Yorker for much of his life, and taught at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont. After Jackson's death in 1965 (both she and Hyman died relatively young), he married Phoebe Pettingell, who later edited a posthumous volume of his work.

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Total Books: 8
The Armed Vision
1978 - The Armed VIsion (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780313202735
ISBN-10: 0313202737

Iago Some Approaches to the Illusion of His Motivation
1971 - Iago Some Approaches to the Illusion of His Motivation (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780236154265
ISBN-10: 0236154265
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Flannery O'Connor - American Writers 54 University of Minnesota Pamphlets on American Writers
Nathanael West
1962 - Nathanael West [University of Minnesota Pamphlets on American Writers, No. 21] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780816602780
ISBN-10: 0816602786
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction

Terms for Order
Terms for Order (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780253200648
ISBN-10: 0253200644
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Iago Some Approaches to the Illusion of His Motivation
Iago Some Approaches to the Illusion of His Motivation (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780689103384
ISBN-10: 0689103387

The critic's credentials Essays  reviews
The Critic's Credentials Essays Reviews (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780689108471
ISBN-10: 0689108478

The promised end Essays and reviews 1942-1962
The Promised End Essays and Reviews 1942-1962 [Essay index reprint series] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780836925975
ISBN-10: 0836925971