Sheldon Kranz, one of America's true poets and important writers was, early, a student of Aesthetic Realism with Eli Siegel and
became a consultant, teaching Aesthetic Realism, in 1971. We
publish here a courageous story of his from 1944 about race, and
another about a son and mother that's been presented dramatically at
the Aesthetic Realism Foundation in
NYC. In classes with Mr. Siegel, Sheldon Kranz learned to write
authentic poetry, and came to see new meaning in his chosen
field of literature [he was an editor at Macmillan & Co. for many
years]. As a result he taught the course, "Literature and the
Self," at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation.
Sheldon Kranz showed in his classes that the fight in every person between contempt for the world and respect for it, which Aesthetic Realism describes, was central in understanding world literature. Eli Siegel wrote in Self and World:
difference between the imagination of art and the imagination of
everyday life is that where in art imagination serves to show the self
by showing the world, imagination in "life" is used to make the self
comfortable, without necessarily showing it....The unconscious in art
is not frustrated or stunted; it is not reluctantly put into action; it
is not a means of concealment. It is often so in "life."
Poems by Sheldon Kranz from Personal and Impersonal: Six Aesthetic Realists,
with an excerpt from its preface by Eli Siegel: "The question, What is
poetry?--is as alive today as ever...for it is felt increasingly that
what poetry is deeply and immediately concerns what our lives are....."
Turning Over a New Leaf; or, What Is Literature? Talk of 1974
"My Mother Was a Girl"
"The Betrayal" from New Short Stories of 1944
Reports of Aesthetic Realism Classes taught by Eli Siegel
Class of March 8, 1948 on the Self & Aesthetics
Class of March 29, 1948 on Play & Work
Class of May 24, 1948 on Satire
Class of September 13, 1948 on Languages
Class of January 31, 1949 on the 1860s
Class of July 10, 1968 on Tao Yuan-ming & Lafcadio Hearn
Poetry, Literature, Education Links Page
Anne Fielding, actress, director of the Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company and wife of Sheldon Kranz, along with his colleagues and friends, are proud to bring you this website.