Max Eastman: A Life

Max Eastman: A Life

by Christoph Irmscher

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Max Eastman: A Life by Christoph Irmscher

The definitive biography of a radical activist and intellectual

Max Eastman (1883–1969) was a prolific writer, radical, and public intellectual who helped shape the twentieth century. While researching this masterful work, acclaimed biographer Christoph Irmscher was granted unprecedented access to the Eastman family archive, allowing him to document little-known aspects of the famously handsome and charismatic radical.
 
Considered one of the “hottest radicals” of his time, Eastman edited two of the most important modernist magazines, The Masses and The Liberator, and campaigned for women’s suffrage and world peace. A fierce critic of Joseph Stalin, Eastman befriended and translated Leon Trotsky and remained unafraid to express unpopular views, drawing criticism from both conservatives and the Left. Set against the backdrop of several decades of political and ideological turmoil, and interweaving Eastman’s singular life with stories of the fascinating people he knew and loved, this book will have broad interdisciplinary appeal in twentieth-century history and politics, intellectual history, and literary studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300222562
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 06/27/2017
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 562,158
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Christoph Irmscher is Provost Professor of English at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he directs the Wells Scholars Program. Among his many books are Longfellow Redux and Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science, named Editor’s Choice of the New York Times Book Review in 2013.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Faun with a Typewriter 1

Chapter 1 The Devil at Park Church 9

Chapter 2 Dearest of All Lovers 27

Chapter 3 A Village Apollo 48

Chapter 4 The Flea from Tangier 84

Chapter 5 We Were Beautiful Gods 121

Chapter 6 Malyutochka 165

Chapter 7 The Thinking Singer 210

Chapter 8 A Test Case for the Kinsey Male 261

Chapter 9 Max in Purgatory 298

Chapter 10 Realtor and Realist 333

Note on Sources 365

Notes 367

Acknowledgments 411

Index 415

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