Ghosts on the Roof: Selected Essays (Google eBook)

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Transaction Publishers, Jan 1, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 361 pages
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Whittaker Chambers is one of the most controversial figures in modern American history a former Communist spy who left the party, testified against Alger Hiss before the House Un-American Activities Committee, and wrote a classic autobiography, "Witness." Dismissed by some as a crank, reviled by others as a traitor, Chambers still looms as a Dostoevskian figure over three decades after his death in 1961. A man of profound pessimism, rare vision, and remarkable literary talents, his continuing importance was attested to when Ronald Reagan posthumously awarded him the Medal of Freedom in 1984. "Ghosts on the Roof," originally published in 1989, brings together more than fifty short stories, essays, articles, and reviews that originally appeared in "Time, Life, National Review, Commonweal, The American Mercury," and the New Masses. Included are essays on Karl Marx, Reinhold Niebuhr, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, George Santayana, Dame Rebecca West, Ayn Rand, and Greta Garbo. These show Chambers at his best, as a peerless historian of ideas.
  

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Contents

New Masses March 1931
3
New Masses April 1931
22
New Masses OCTOBER 1931
30
New Masses December 1931
40
Night Thoughts
47
Time May 1 1939
49
Time May 8 1939
50
NINOTCHKA Time November 6 1939
56
Time Februarv 23 1948
175
Time March 8 1948
184
The History of Western Culture
195
Life April 7 1947
197
Life May 26 1947
204
Life August 4 1947
209
Life September 15 1947
217
Life November 17 1947
223

THE GRAPES OF WRATH Time February 12 1940
58
Time January 6 1941
60
Time February 10 1941
63
Time AUGUST 16 1943
66
The American Mercury January 1944
74
The American Mercury FEBRUARY 1944
80
The American Mercury March 1944
86
The American Mercury APRIL 1944
92
Time OCTOBER 9 1944
98
Time November 13 1944
104
Time MARCH 5 1945
111
Time October 22 1945
116
Time DECEMBER 24 1945
119
A Lenten Age
121
Time FEBRUARY 25 1946
123
Time JULY 1 1946
126
Time DECEMBER 30 1946
134
Time March 17 1947
141
Time April 28 1947
150
Time DECEMBER 8 1947
156
Life Februarv 2 1948
166
Life March 22 1948
233
Life June 14 1948
242
Letters from Westminster
255
Commonweal SEPTEMBER 19 1952
257
IS ACADEMIC FREEDOM IN DANGER? Life June 22 1953
265
THE END OF A DARK AGE USHERS IN NEW DANGERS
279
National Review OCTOBER 26 1957
291
National Review NOVEMBER 2 1957
300
THE LEFT UNDERSTANDS THE LEFT National Review November 16 1957
304
TO TEMPORIZE IS DEATH National Review November 23 1957
308
National Review December 28 1957
313
SPRINGHEAD TO SPRINGHEAD National Review May 31 1958
319
National Review SEPTEMBER 27 1958
326
A REMINDER National Review November 8 1958
328
National Review NOVEMBER 22 1958
331
National Review JANUARY 31 1959
333
National Review February 28 1959
335
A CORRECTION National Review May 9 1959
340
National Review JUNE 20 1959
345
INDEX
351
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