Part of Our Time: Some Ruins and Monuments of the Thirties

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First published in 1955, Part of Our Time consists of ten incomparable "novellas" that profile individuals whose lives were transformed by the radical movements of the thirties.
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First published in 1955, Part of Our Time consists of ten incomparable "novellas" that profile individuals whose lives were transformed by the radical movements of the thirties.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A valuable and entertaining text on the destruction of the radical left in American politics"
— Russell Baker

"He was free of the woeful predictability of ideologues of both the left and the right."
— Elizabeth Hardwick

"In presenting his segments of history Kempton uses the technique of the novelist—and it comes off brilliantly. He succeeds in evoking the characters of the men and women he writes about, and he does what only the good novelist can do: he re-creates the atmosphere of the time in which they functioned and so forces the reader to inhabit a world which may be alien, dimly recalled, or long forgotten."
The Nation

"Kempton’s book is exceedingly well written. It holds us in some places with a pathos of futility and in others with a drama of achievement….He does much to set in perspective an episode and a period that has been long distorted. The richness and pungency of his style make him easy to read."
The New York Times

One of our finest journalists, Kempton was always something of a cult writer, revered by his peers but lacking the profile of a Jimmy Breslin or Garry Wills. A tabloid columnist who looked like a classics professor (he was rarely without his pipe), Kempton—first at the New York Post, then at Newsday—forged one of the most distinct, if not eccentric, styles in American journalism….His column always promised a strange, pleasurable experience: Pungent yet decorous, invariably teeming with rogues and scoundrels, corrupt pols and indicted capos, Kempton’s pieces often read like a Damon Runyon sketch rewritten by a Victorian man of letters.
— Bookforum

The Washington Post
In lieu of the newsreel-style recitations of '30s calamities that we find in most political histories of the decade, Kempton tracked down the "social myth" of the 1930s as it was lived in miniature, via the life studies of a dozen or so assembled dramatis personae. The book, Kempton cautioned, is "a series of novellas which happen to be about real persons." — Chris Lehmann
Scott Sherman
Part of Our Time is a cause for celebration...It is probably the most outstanding book on early twentieth-century American radicalism, and certainly one of the most beautifully written non-fiction works published since 1945.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590170878
  • Publisher: New York Review Books
  • Publication date: 3/11/2004
  • Series: New York Review Books Classics Series
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

A Prelude 3
1 The Sheltered Life (Alger Hiss and Whittaker Chambers) 17
2 The Dry Bones (Gardner Jackson and Lee Pressman) 46
3 "It's Time to Go, I Heard Them Say..." (Joe Curran and His Shipmates) 104
4 The Social Muse 133
5 O'er Moor and Fen (J.B. Matthews and the Multiple Revelation) 190
6 The Day of the Locust (The Workers' Theater Goes to Hollywood) 228
7 The Rebel Girl (Mary Heaton Vorse, Elizabeth Bentley, and Anne Moos Remington) 267
8 George (Paul Robeson and the Pullman Porters) 295
9 Father and Sons (The Reuther Boys) 330
10 The Shadow Line 380
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014


    That's okay. Hi.

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    Posted June 16, 2014

    Katsa to Alice

    Hi! Sorry. I had a very busy day...I'm usually here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2014

    Erm, sorry about this, but...

    You spelled a word wrong. It is spelled 'dying', not 'dieing'. Te to be rude, but it really bugs me when people spell things wrong on here. It might bug others as well, so you might wt to fix it.

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