Fugitives

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The Fugitives were a group of poets and literary scholars who came together at Vanderbilt University around 1920. They published a small literary magazine called The Fugitive from 1922-1925 which showcased their works. Although its published life was brief, The Fugitive is considered to be one of the most influential publications in the history of American letters. The Fugitives made Vanderbilt a fountainhead of the New Criticism, the dominant mode of textual analysis in English during the first half of the twentieth century. Even apart from this, the group would be remarkable for the number of its members whose works would claim a permanent place in the literary canon.

Among the most notable Fugitives were John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, Merrill Moore (http://iskrapentcheva.freeservers.com/merrillmoore.html), Donald Davidson, and Robert Penn Warren. Less closely associated were the critic Cleanth Brooks and the poet Laura Riding.

The Fugitives partly overlapped with a later group, also associated with Vanderbilt, called the Agrarians.

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