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A Partisan View: Five Decades in the Politics of Literature
     

A Partisan View: Five Decades in the Politics of Literature

by William Phillips, Edith Kurzweil
 

ISBN-10: 0765805529

ISBN-13: 9780765805522

Pub. Date: 12/11/2003

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Since its founding in 1937, Partisan Review has been one of the most important and culturally influential journals in America. Under the legendary editorship of William Phillips and Philip Rahv, Partisan Review began as a publication of the John Reed Club, but soon broke away to establish itself as a free voice of critical dissent. As such, it

Overview

Since its founding in 1937, Partisan Review has been one of the most important and culturally influential journals in America. Under the legendary editorship of William Phillips and Philip Rahv, Partisan Review began as a publication of the John Reed Club, but soon broke away to establish itself as a free voice of critical dissent. As such, it counteracted the inroads of cultural Stalinism and took up the fight for aesthetic modernism at a time when the latter was fiercely contested by both the political left and the right. In A Partisan View, William Phillips gives a vivid account of his own part in the magazine's eventful history.

As the magazine's current editor, Edith Kurzweil, notes in her new introduction, many of the literary and political disagreements that famously marked Partisan Review's history originated in the editors' initial adherence to a program of radical politics and avant-gardism. Although this proved increasingly unworkable, Phillips and Rahv, even from the outset, never allowed sectarian narrowness to determine the magazine's contents. Over the decades, Partisan Review published work by authors as far from radicalism as T. S. Eliot and Wallace Stevens or from Marxist orthodoxy as Albert Camus and George Orwell. In literature, its contributors were as stylistically and intellectually varied as Saul Bellow, Vladimir Nabokov, Robert Lowell and Isaac Bashevis Singer. In short, Partisan Review featured the best fiction, poetry, and essays of the 1940s and postwar decades. Beyond its literary preeminence, Partisan Review was famed as the most representative journal of the New York Intellectuals.

Much of the quality of Partisan Review came from Phillips own broad culture, cosmopolitanism, and intellectual tolerance. As Edith Kurzweil writes, "he kept trying to find a category of criticism' that might enable us all to better come to grips with the complexities of our ever-changing world." Now in paperback, A Partisan View will be of keen interest to intellectual historians as well as literary scholars.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765805522
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
12/11/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Editionix
1.History Remade11
2.The Center and the Fringes15
3.Growing Out of the Twenties19
4.The Thirties33
5.The New Partisan Review47
6.Writers on the Left55
7.The New Talent65
8.The Painters85
9.The Forties93
10.A Charmed Circle103
11.European Connections121
12.The Big Time137
13.Cultural Freedom Abroad147
14.Cultural Freedom at Home161
15.Victims and Critics169
16.Discovering Europe185
17.An American in London201
18.Writers in the Fifties213
19.Realpolitik221
20.Writers and Politics235
21.The Sixties251
22.Friends and Arrangements259
23.Coexistence271
24.D-Day281
25.Then and Now289
26.Index301

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