Gates of Eden

Gates of Eden

by Morris Dickstein

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Overview

During the sixties, says Morris Dickstein, America seemed to be at the gates of Eden—verging on a new way of experiencing life, art, and culture. In this provocative book, he discusses how we reached the gates and why, in the end, they remained closed.

Beginning with Allen Ginsberg and the Beat poets of the late fifties, Dickstein traces the rise of a new sensibility in American thought, writing, and music through lively and incisive analyses of such sixties icons as Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Bob Dylan, Norman Mailer, Ralph Ellison, Joseph Heller, Paul Goodman, Norman O. Brown, and the Rolling Stones.

Now, on the twentieth anniversary of the book's original publication, Dickstein has written a new introduction, reassessing the period's achievements and failures, and providing a fresh perspective on the ways that the sixties continue to influence our politics and culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140116175
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/03/1989
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Morris Dickstein is Distinguished Professor of English at Queens College and the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York.

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Richard Poirer

A vital and important book for anyone who wants to know the intricate and sometimes explosive connections between culture and politics in the sixties.

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