"One of the most provocative analyses of mid-century American poetry this year. . . . A highly readable and attractive volume. . . . An excellent resource both for those who differ from and those who agree with its ideological premise."
-Year's Work in English Studies
"Reveal[s] a deep relationship between poetry and politics rooted in the postwar period . . . [and] speaks to political histories of the roles and forms of contemporary American poetry."
Against the Current
"The most in-depth look we have into the role that modern poetry played in the anticommunist culture wars of the 1950s."
"A penetrating historical and sociological study comparable to now-classic books. . . . Filreis provides a vivid lineage for a literary culture that promotes anti-intellectualism in the pursuit of 'core values.'"
"[An] impressive volume. . . . Highly Recommended."
This is a rare, distinctive, and landmark model of original scholarship that dialogically addresses major as well as minor writers with wit and a personal voice.
Alan M. Wald, University of Michigan
The breathtaking archival range of Filreis's book changes everything we thought we knew about midcentury modernism.
Walter Kalaidjian, Emory University