"Youth is a time when we find the books we give up but do not get over."
Lionel Trilling (1905–1975)
Columbia College 1925, PhD 1938
One of the most public of the twentieth century's public intellectuals, Lionel Trilling became nationally known for both his scholarship and his literary criticism, which appealed to a wide audience. At Columbia, Trilling was also recognized as a gifted and dedicated teacher with a special commitment to undergraduate education.