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Writers on the Left : Episodes in American Literary Communism - Daniel Aaron

Writers on the Left

Episodes in American Literary Communism

By: Daniel Aaron, Alan M. Wald (Preface by)

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Published: 8th December 1992
For Ages: 22+ years old
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"Writers on the Left" provides a chronicle of the involvement of American writers with the critical style and politics of communism. Emphasizing the golden age of American communism, Aaron traces the movement's bohemian origins to its demise in the early 1940s. Aaron creates a perceptive portrait of writers like Max Eastman, Floyd Dell, John Reed, Mike Gold and Joseph Freeman. Aaron also discusses the attractions of communism for more ambivalent but influential "fellow travellers" such as Edmund Wilson, Malcolm Cowley, Theodore Dreiser, Richard Wright and Langston Hughes.

Introduction to the Morningside Books Edition
Patterns of Rebellionp. 1
The Rebelsp. 5
A League of Youthp. 5
What They Believedp. 7
The "Village"p. 10
Confusion of Tonguesp. 12
The Massesp. 18
The Spectrum of Rebellionp. 23
Four Radicalsp. 30
Young Eastmanp. 30
Floyd Dell Comes to the Massesp. 35
The Transformation of John Reedp. 37
The Masses Trialsp. 41
Randolph Bournep. 45
Art and Politicsp. 49
Dell on the Poet and Societyp. 55
The Apostatesp. 58
The Image of Russiap. 61
Reed the Martyrp. 65
Expatriates and Radicalsp. 68
Joseph Freemanp. 68
The Middle-Class Expatriatesp. 72
The Quarrel Between the Generations Restatedp. 77
Freeman as Expatriatep. 80
Freeman Joins the Liberatorp. 82
Mike Goldp. 84
From Bohemia to Revolutionp. 91
The Liberator: Decline and Fallp. 91
Launching The New Massesp. 96
Dell's Critique of Vagabondiap. 102
Mencken and the Expatriatesp. 107
The Collective and the "Individual"p. 113
Russia with (without) Rapturep. 119
Eastman in Russiap. 119
The Red Mosesp. 126
Freeman in the Promised Landp. 130
Scoffers and Skepticsp. 139
"Hail! Red Youthful Giant"p. 144
The Appeal of Communismp. 149
"Go Left, Young Writers"p. 161
On the Evep. 161
Gold and the Intellectualsp. 162
The Intellectuals' Responsep. 165
"A Good Shoemaker and a Poor Fish Peddler"p. 169
The Depression and the Writerp. 173
Investigations and Reports: Dreiserp. 177
Investigations and Reports: Edmund Wilsonp. 180
Writers and Politics: 1931-32p. 183
At the Crossroadsp. 186
The Process of Conversionp. 190
For Foster and Fordp. 196
From Freedom to Politicsp. 199
Problems of Policyp. 199
Gold Takes Overp. 202
The Cult of the Proletarianp. 205
Reviving John Reed - Herop. 213
Casting Out Dell - Anti-Herop. 214
Conference in Kharkovp. 219
Organizing the Radical Writersp. 223
Writers Versus Bureaucratsp. 228
Statement and Counterstatement: Literary Wars in the Early Thirtiesp. 231
The Red Decadep. 231
Humanists Versus Liberalsp. 233
The Communist Offensive Against Humanismp. 237
A Marxist Symposiump. 243
The Illiberal and the Liberal Oppositionp. 247
The Case Against the Left Writer Summarizedp. 255
The Communist Rebuttalp. 260
Mac Leish and the "Social Muse"p. 264
The Stalematep. 267
"Old Men," "New Men," and the Partyp. 269
Veterans and Newcomersp. 269
The Young Reds and Their Teachersp. 271
The Dangers of Latitudinarianismp. 273
The New Linep. 274
Confusions and Uncertaintiesp. 276
The First Writers' Congressp. 280
The Demise of the John Reed Clubsp. 280
The First Congressp. 283
American Writers Speakp. 285
The Vagaries of Kenneth Burkep. 287
"The Centre Cannot Hold"p. 293
Postscript to the Congressp. 293
Complaints from the Leftp. 294
The Case of the Partisan Reviewp. 297
Between Congressesp. 303
Disenchantment and Withdrawalp. 309
The Lone Rebel of Crotonp. 315
The Radical Impresariop. 322
Cowley's Returnp. 334
The Adventures of John Dos Passosp. 343
The Arrival and Departure of Granville Hicksp. 354
"Never Call Retreat"p. 365
"Think Back on Us"p. 376
The Unwelcome Prodigalsp. 381
"Such a Result So Soon and from Such a Beginning!"p. 385
A Backward Glancep. 390
Appendixp. 397
Author's Notep. 399
"The Treachery of Recollection: The Inner and the Outer History Vp. 401
"Some Reflections on Communism and the Jewish Writer"p. 415
A Note on Sources Notes Indexp. 431
A Note on Sourcesp. 433
Notesp. 435
Indexp. 483
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ISBN: 9780231080392
ISBN-10: 0231080395
Series: Morningside Book
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 494
Published: 8th December 1992
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.68