The New York Intellectuals: The Rise and Decline of the Anti-Stalinist Left from the 1930s to the 1980s

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UNC Press Books, 1987 - History - 440 pages
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In contrast to other scholars who emphasize the affinity of the "New York Intellectuals" for literary modernism and its largely Jewish composition as its defining characteristics, Wald finds these traits to be secondary to the group's agonizing efforts in
  

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Contents

Jewish internationalists
27
Eliot COHEN
31
Lionel Trilling
33
Hebert Solow
37
From Cultural Pluralism to Revolutionary Internationalism
42
Dissident Communists
46
Sidney Hook James Rorty Charles Rumford Walker
50
The National Committee for the Defense of Political Prisoners NCDPP and the League of Professionals
56
Schism
182
The Second Imperialist War
193
From Trotskyism to AnarchoPacificism
199
Socialist Internationalist
210
The Politics of Literary Criticism
217
The New York Intellectuals in Fiction
226
From Acquiescence to Antiradicalism
231
Politics and the Novel
239

The Intellectual Disease
64
Radical Modernists
75
James T Farrell F W Dupee Edmund Wilson
82
The Appeal of Trotskyism
91
Philosophers and Revolutionists
101
Party Factionalism and the French Turn
106
The Eastern Heresies
112
Marxism and Pragmatism
118
The Moscow Trials
128
The Hearings in Mexico
132
Marxist Cultural Renaissance
139
The Ambiguities of AntiStalinism
147
Twilight of the Thirties
157
Cannonites and Shachtmanites
164
James P Cannon
167
Max Shachtman
172
From NeoThomism to Trotskyism
175
A Revolutionary Novelist in Crisis
249
Apostates and True Believers
267
The Psychology of Apostasy
280
The Iron Cage of Orthodoxy
295
The Culdesac of Social Democracy
311
The Socialist Wing of the West
321
Harvey Swados
334
The Ambiguous Legacy
338
The Bitter Fruits of Anticommunism
344
Irving Kristol
350
Norman Podhoretz and Midge Decter
354
The Ideologists of Antiradicalism
358
Marxism and Intellectuals in the United States
366
Notes
375
Index
423
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Alan M. Wald is the H. Chandler Davis Collegiate Professor of English Literature and American Culture at the University of Michigan and is the recipient of the Mary C. Turpie Prize of the American Studies Association.

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