A biography of one of America's foremost Marxist literary critics
The Intellectual in Mass Society
Leah Levenson and Jerry Natterstad
cloth EAN: 978-1-56639-104-7 (ISBN: 1-56639-104-0)
"Levenson and Natterstad's painstaking research yields a wealth of details concerning Hicks's activities as a writer and political activist."
Set against the turbulent decades of the 1930s, '40s, and '50s, this absorbing biography of the much-neglected intellectual Granville Hicks unfolds in the age of rising fascism, the Great Depression, leftist politics, World War II, the Cold War, McCarthyism, and American anti-intellectualism.
Born in 1901 in Exeter, New Hampshire, Hicks was greatly influenced by the New England tradition of moral consciousness and political idealism. The authors trace his career as a journalist for The New Masses, his tumultuous relationship with communism, his struggle with the request to name names before the House Un-American Activities Committee, and his return to small-town life.
Hick's remarkable writing career with The New Leader and the Saturday Review are closely studied, along with his pioneering works on American and British literature. The biography places this giant of modern literature and criticism among the remarkable generation of writers that included Edmund Wilson, Malcolm Cowley, John Steinbeck, and Alfred Kazin, and marks his influence on the early career of Flannery O'Connor, Bernard Malamud, and others.
1. A New England Childhood
2. Seeds of Discontent
3. On the Liberal Left
4. A Radical At RPI
5. As Marxist Critic
6. Portrait of a Revolutionary
7. Off the Main Road
8. Raising the Party Banner
9. On Behalf of the CP
10. A Red in Adams House
11. A Shattered Dream
12. Political Soundings
13. Discovering the Common Man
14. An End and A Beginning
15. New Literary Horizons
16. From Canwell to McCarthy
17. The Old House Office Building
18. Bearing Witness
19. Through a Glass Darkly
20. Meeting the SR Deadline
21. Literary Friendships
22. At the Mansion in Saratoga Springs
23. The Final Years
Leah Levenson is an independent scholar residing in Worchester, Massachusetts.
Jerry Natterstad is Professor of English at Framingham State College. They are the co-authors of Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington: Irish Feminist.
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