W. C. Brownell

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William Crary Brownell (1851–1928) was an American journalist and literary critic influenced by Matthew Arnold. After graduating from Amherst College in 1871, Brownell worked for the New York World from 1871 to 1879 and The Nation from 1879 to 1881. From 1888 to 1910, Brownell worked as an editor at Charles Scribner's Sons, where he edited such well-known authors as Edith Wharton. He also published numerous books on European and American art and literature.

The Archives and Special Collections at Amherst College holds some of his papers.


  • French Traits (1889)
  • French Art (1892)
  • Victorian Prose Masters (1901)
  • American Prose Masters (1909)
  • Criticism (1914)
  • Standards (1917)
  • The Genius of Style (1924)
  • Democratic Distinction in America (1927)

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