The New York Intellectuals Reader

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The New York Intellectuals Reader is the first anthology to collect the writings of the renowned group of thinkers and writers responsible for some of the most provocative and vital writings of the post-World War II era. Contributing to such periodicals as The Partisan Review, Commentary, and Dissent, the widely influential coterie of essayists that came together in mid-twentieth-century New York penned passionate, incisive essays that have left lasting imprints on the fields of politics, art, literature, and ...
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Overview

The New York Intellectuals Reader is the first anthology to collect the writings of the renowned group of thinkers and writers responsible for some of the most provocative and vital writings of the post-World War II era. Contributing to such periodicals as The Partisan Review, Commentary, and Dissent, the widely influential coterie of essayists that came together in mid-twentieth-century New York penned passionate, incisive essays that have left lasting imprints on the fields of politics, art, literature, and social thought. This collection of the best essays of the New York Intellectuals, assembled by Editor Neil Jumonville, reflects their ardent belief in the power of the pen and their immense enthusiasm for debate on a wide array of topics. Ultimately, The New York Intellectuals Reader highlights the enduring legacy of the group and illustrates why their ideas are as relevant in today's post-9/11 world as they were when first written forty years ago.
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"A specialist on the New York intellectuals, Jumonville provides a terrific...introduction to this important collection of several of the group's noteworthy essays. (The New York Intellectuals) sought to reach a broad audience, transcend disciplinary boundaries, and grapple with significant contemporary issues." "Recommended." -Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415952644
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Jummonville is the William Warren Rogers Professor of History and Chairperson of the Dept. of History at Florida State University. He specializes in U.S. Intellectual History with an emphasis on post WWII liberalism and American Studies. He is the author of two previous books and is currently working with Routledge author Kevin Mattson on a book of essays on the current state of liberalism.

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Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction     1
Finding Native Grounds
Starting out in the Thirties     15
New York in the Thirties     25
Memoirs of a Trotskyist     37
Philip Rahv     49
Editorial Statement     55
Editorial Statement     59
I Choose the West     63
Against Absolutism
The New Failure of Nerve     71
Total Domination     91
The Sense and Nonsense of Whittaker Chambers     107
Life and Culture at Midcentury
Nature of Abstract Art     121
Avant-Garde and Kitsch     143
Homage to Twelve Judges     159
Reality in America     163
The Historian as Reporter: Edmund Wilson and the 1930s     179
Twilight of the Intellectuals     185
The End of Ideology in the West     195
Masscult & Midcult     205
On the Teaching of Modern Literature     223
Against Interpretation     243
The Cold War
To Young Resisters     255
"Civil Liberties," 1952-A Study in Confusion     259
A Foreign Policy for Survival: An Exchange     273
Intellectuals and Russia: AnExchange     289
Cultures and Countercultures
Old and New Lefts
The Know-Nothing Bohemians     305
Problems in the 1960s     317
Race and Ethnicity
My Negro Problem-and Ours     327
Negroes & Jews: The New Challenge to Pluralism     341
Legacies
Liberalism and the Left after 1956
In Defense of Equality     355
Socialism and Liberalism: Articles of Conciliation?     371
Neoconservatism
On Being Deradicalized     391
Between Nixon and the New Politics     405
The Adversary Culture of Intellectuals     411
Permissions Acknowledgments     427
Index     429
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