Isabel Paterson is widely recognized as an advocate of radical individualism and a prophet of the libertarian movement. She influenced a wide variety of libertarian and conservative writers and public figures, from Ayn Rand to William F. Buckley, Jr. In her own time, Paterson was noted as a literary critic and novelist, and one of the wittiest writers in America. She is best known for The God of the Machine, also published by Transaction.
Culture and Liberty includes many of Paterson's works that are out of print or have never before been published. Stephen Cox collected Paterson's words on themes she favored, illustrating leading features of her accomplishments and her views. Paterson's way of combining individualist ideas with provocative writing made people look forward to her next pronouncement on American culture. Her fame while she lived and worked and the continuing interest in her ideas and writing are monuments to a complex but strongly unified personality.
Paterson remains one of the most distinctive voices in American literary historyas this selection of her writings will indicate. This book is a must read for English majors, literary critics, humanities scholars, and students of American culture.
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About the Author
Stephen Cox is professor of literature and director of the Humanities Program at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of The Woman and the Dynamo: Isabel Paterson and the Idea of America.
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Part I. Essays and Reviews 1. The True Individualist: Thoreau 2. The Reformer as Tyrant 3. What Is Known as a Practical Man 4. The Achievement of the Wright Brothers 5. American Concepts 6. But Is It True? 7. What Went Wrong 8. The Devolution of America 9. AQuestion of Privilege 10. Save Us, at Least, from Boredom 11. The Nobel Prize in Politics 12. The Culture of Communism 13. Freedom and Control 14. Whose Agent Is He? 15. Monkey-gland Economics 16. The Elusive Law of Wages 17. The Man with One Idea 18. What Do They Do All Day? 19. Adventures in Biology and Bunk 20. The Riddle of Chief Justice Taney in the Dred Scott Decision 21. Has the World Grown Smaller? 22. A Man of Destiny 23. Learning to Read: Child's Play 24. What the Christmas Story Means
Part II. Letters 25. Letters to 1940 26. Letters, 1940–1949 27. Letters, 1950 and After