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Gates of Eden: American Culture in the Sixties

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Widely admired as the definitive cultural history of the 1960s, this groundbreaking work finally reappears in a new edition.The turbulent 1960s, almost from its outset, produced a dizzying display of cultural images and ideas that were as colorful as the psychedelic T-shirts that became part of its iconography. It was not, however, until Morris Dickstein's landmark Gates of Eden, first published in 1977, that we could fully grasp the impact of this raucous decade in American history as a momentous cultural epoch ...

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Overview

Widely admired as the definitive cultural history of the 1960s, this groundbreaking work finally reappears in a new edition.The turbulent 1960s, almost from its outset, produced a dizzying display of cultural images and ideas that were as colorful as the psychedelic T-shirts that became part of its iconography. It was not, however, until Morris Dickstein's landmark Gates of Eden, first published in 1977, that we could fully grasp the impact of this raucous decade in American history as a momentous cultural epoch in its own right, as much as Jazz Age America or Weimar Germany. From Ginsberg and Dylan to Vonnegut and Heller, this lasting work brilliantly re-creates not only the intellectual and political ferment of the decade but also its disillusionment. What results is an inestimable contribution to our understanding of twentieth-century American culture.

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Christopher Lasch
With excellent literary judgment and judicious sympathy [Dickstein] covers politics and culture…the 'new journalism,' fiction, rock music, black writing and black nationalism and concludes with an autobiographical sketch that nicely reveals the relationship of the observer to the things observed.
New York Times Book Review
Walter Clemons
A vivacious, highly original work, combining literary criticism, political commentary…and candid personal testimony.
Newsweek
Boston Globe
“Dickstein's study effectively carries us back to those times when we really believed that protest might stop a horrific war…[T]he best book on that exhilarating, depressing decade.”
Christopher Lasch - New York Times Book Review
“The autobiographical narrative alone would commend Gates of Eden to anyone who wants to know what really happened in a period around which clouds of myth and obfuscation are already beginning to gather.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465097319
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/1978
  • Pages: 848

Meet the Author

Morris Dickstein

Morris Dickstein is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English and Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center and the author of Dancing in the Dark, an award-winning cultural history of the Great Depression, and Why Not Say What Happened, a memoir. He lives in New York City

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