Alger Hiss, Whittaker Chambers, and the Schism in the American Soul

Alger Hiss, Whittaker Chambers, and the Schism in the American Soul

by Patrick Swan, Intercollegiate Studies Institute
     
 

ISBN-10: 1882926919

ISBN-13: 9781882926916

Pub. Date: 01/28/2003

Publisher: ISI Books

In 1952, Random House published Whittaker Chambers's Witness. Not only did it immediately become a bestseller; it was recognized by many as one of the great spiritual autobiographies of the twentieth century. In Alger Hiss, Whittaker Chambers, and the Schism in the American Soul, editor Patrick Swan marks the fiftieth anniversary of Witness's…  See more details below

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In 1952, Random House published Whittaker Chambers's Witness. Not only did it immediately become a bestseller; it was recognized by many as one of the great spiritual autobiographies of the twentieth century. In Alger Hiss, Whittaker Chambers, and the Schism in the American Soul, editor Patrick Swan marks the fiftieth anniversary of Witness's publication by anthologizing 23 of the best essays ever written on Chambers, Hiss, or both. Essays by literary luminaries such as Leslie Fiedler, Arthur Koestler, Lionel Trilling, Rebecca West, Murray Kempton, and William F. Buckley Jr. tell the story of these two fascinating (and ultimately mysterious) men and of what they and their conflict represented. Sampling the entire spectrum of respectable thought on Hiss and Chambers, these pieces do not, as a rule, trouble themselves much with the facts of the case; Hiss's guilt was not so much in doubt then, and is certainly well documented by now. But the essayists' divergent opinions on the nature of communism (and anticommunism), liberalism, the proper relationship between religion and politics, and many other issues remain provocative-perhaps even more so now than when they were written.


About the Author

Patrick Swan served as research assistant to Terry Teachout for the Teachout's edited collection of essays by Chambers titled Ghosts on the Roof. Swan is the former recipient of the Army's Journalist of the Year award. He is currently Public Affairs Liaison in the Chief Information Office of the Army.

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ISBN-13:
9781882926916
Publisher:
ISI Books
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
391
Sales rank:
1,233,889
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.08(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction by Wilfred McClay
Preface by Patrick A. Swan
1. Hiss, Chambers, and the Age of Innocence
Leslie A. Fiedler
Commentary, August 1951
2. A Memorandum on the Hiss Case
Diana Trilling
Partisan Review, May-June 1950
3. The Complex Issue of the Ex-Communists
Arthur Koestler
New York Times Magazine, Feb. 19, 1950
4. Whittaker Chambers' Testament
Granville Hicks
New Leader, May 26, 1952
5. The Faiths of Whittaker Chambers
Sidney Hook
New York Times Book Review, May 25, 1952
6. God, Man and Stalin
Irving Howe
Nation, May 24, 1952
7. History in Doublethink
Elmer Davis
Saturday Review, June 28, 1952
8. The Witness
Kingsley Martin
News Statesman and Nation, July 19, 1952
9. Whittaker Chambers
Rebecca West
Atlantic Monthly, June 1952
10. Of Guilt and Resurrection
David Cort
Nation, March 20, 1067
11. The Misfortune of a Nation
Mark DeWolfe Howe
Nation, May 18, 1957
12. The End of Whittaker Chambers
William F. Buckley Jr.
Esquire, September 1962
13. A Narodnik from Lynbrook
Murray Kempton
New York Review of Books, Jan. 29, 1970
14. Whittaker Chambers and The Middle of the Journey
Lionel Trilling
New York Review of Books,1975
15. The State of the Art of Alger Hiss
Philip Nobile
Harper's, April 1976
16. Why Hiss Can't Confess
Alfred Kazin
Esquire, March 28, 1978
17. Chambers' Music and Alger Hiss
Hugh Kenner
American Spectator, 1979
18. The Two Faces of Whittaker Chambers
John Judis
New Republic, April 16, 1984
19. Alger Hiss: A Glimpse Behind the Mask
Eric M. Breindel
Commentary, November 1988
20. Whittaker Chambers: Man of Letters
Sam Tanenhaus
New Criterion, April 1990
21. Sifting through the Evidence
Sam Tanenhaus
Appendix to Whittaker Chambers: A Biography, 1997
23. Thinking about "Witness"
Hilton Kramer
New Criterion, March 1988
Appendix: A Hiss-Chambers Bibliography
Notes
Index
AUTHORBIO: Patrick Swan served as research assistant to Terry Teachout for the Teachout's edited collection of essays by Chambers titled Ghosts on the Roof. Swan is the former recipient of the Army's Journalist of the Year award. He is currently Public Affairs Liaison in the Chief Information Office of the Army.
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ISBN: 1882926919
TITLE: Alger Hiss, Whittaker Chambers, and the Schism in the American Soul
AUTHOR: Swan, Patrick
DESCRIPTION: In 1952, Random House published Whittaker Chambers's Witness. Not only did it immediately become a bestseller; it was recognized by many as one of the great spiritual autobiographies of the twentieth century. In Alger Hiss, Whittaker Chambers, and the Schism in the American Soul, editor Patrick Swan marks the fiftieth anniversary of Witness's publication by anthologizing 23 of the best essays ever written on Chambers, Hiss, or both. Essays by literary luminaries such as Leslie Fiedler, Arthur Koestler, Lionel Trilling, Rebecca West, Murray Kempton, and William F. Buckley Jr. tell the story of these two fascinating (and ultimately mysterious) men and of what they and their conflict represented. Sampling the entire spectrum of respectable thought on Hiss and Chambers, these pieces do not, as a rule, trouble themselves much with the facts of the case; Hiss's guilt was not so much in doubt then, and is certainly well documented by now. But the essayists' divergent opinions on the nature of communism (and anticommunism), liberalism, the proper relationship between religion and politics, and many other issues remain provocative-perhaps even more so now than when they were written.
TOC:
Introduction by Wilfred McClay
Preface by Patrick A. Swan
1. Hiss, Chambers, and the Age of Innocence
Leslie A. Fiedler
Commentary, August 1951
2. A Memorandum on the Hiss Case
Diana Trilling
Partisan Review, May-June 1950
3. The Complex Issue of the Ex-Communists
Arthur Koestler
New York Times Magazine, Feb. 19, 1950
4. Whittaker Chambers' Testament
Granville Hicks
New Leader, May 26, 1952
5. The Faiths of Whittaker Chambers
Sidney Hook
New York Times Book Review, May 25, 1952
6. God, Man and Stalin
Irving Howe
Nation, May 24, 1952
7. History in Doublethink
Elmer Davis
Saturday Review, June 28, 1952
8. The Witness
Kingsley Martin
News Statesman and Nation, July 19, 1952
9. Whittaker Chambers
Rebecca West
Atlantic Monthly, June 1952
10. Of Guilt and Resurrection
David Cort
Nation, March 20, 1067
11. The Misfortune of a Nation
Mark DeWolfe Howe
Nation, May 18, 1957
12. The End of Whittaker Chambers
William F. Buckley Jr.
Esquire, September 1962
13. A Narodnik from Lynbrook
Murray Kempton
New York Review of Books, Jan. 29, 1970
14. Whittaker Chambers and The Middle of the Journey
Lionel Trilling
New York Review of Books,1975
15. The State of the Art of Alger Hiss
Philip Nobile
Harper's, April 1976
16. Why Hiss Can't Confess
Alfred Kazin
Esquire, March 28, 1978
17. Chambers' Music and Alger Hiss
Hugh Kenner
American Spectator, 1979
18. The Two Faces of Whittaker Chambers
John Judis
New Republic, April 16, 1984
19. Alger Hiss: A Glimpse Behind the Mask
Eric M. Breindel
Commentary, November 1988
20. Whittaker Chambers: Man of Letters
Sam Tanenhaus
New Criterion, April 1990
21. Sifting through the Evidence
Sam Tanenhaus
Appendix to Whittaker Chambers: A Biography, 1997
23. Thinking about "Witness"
Hilton Kramer
New Criterion, March 1988
Appendix: A Hiss-Chambers Bibliography
Notes
Index

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