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The second of three volumes by Alan Wald that track the political and personal lives of several generations of U.S. left-wing writers, ###Trinity of Passion# carries forward the chronicle launched in ###Exiles from a Future Time: The Forging of the Mid-Twentieth-Century Literary Left#. In this volume Wald delves into literary, emotional, and ideological trajectories of radical cultural workers in the era when the International Brigades fought in the Spanish Civil War (1936@-39) and the United States battled in World War II (1941@-45). Probing in rich and haunting detail the controversial impact of the Popular Front on literary culture, he explores the ethical and aesthetic challenges that pro-Communist writers faced. Wald presents a cross section of literary talent, from the famous to the forgotten, the major to the minor. The writers examined include Len Zinberg (a.k.a. Ed Lacy), John Oliver Killens, Irwin Shaw, Albert Maltz, Ann Petry, Chester Himes, Henry Roth, Lauren Gilfillan, Ruth McKenney, Morris U. Schappes, and Jo Sinclair. He also uncovers dramatic new information about Arthur Miller's complex commitment to the Left. Confronting heartfelt questions about Jewish masculinity, racism at the core of liberal democracy, the corrosion of utopian dreams, and the thorny interaction between antifascism and Communism, Wald re-creates the intellectual and cultural landscape of a remarkable era. This is the second in a 3-volume series of books in which Wald tracks several generations of leftist writers in America. This volume surveys writers, publications, organizations, and themes that emerged between the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) and World War II. Wald explores the questions and challenges that pro-Communist writers faced during the antifascist era, analyzing the implications of the evolution of the Popular Front for writers and literary culture. Basing his assessments on the skill with which writings conveyed the emotional landscape of antifascist struggles and its legacy, rather than for the particular political convictions of the writers, Wald examines the work of writers such as Len Zinberg (aka Ed Lacy), Henry Roth, Ruth Seid, Saul Levitt, and others, as they faced deep debates about gender, sexuality, nationhood, and the differences between antifascism and communism. A chapter on Arthur Miller, establishing the pseudonym under which he wrote for Communist publications, should draw major attention. The second of three volumes by Wald that track the political and personal lives of several generations of U.S. left-wing writers, this volume carries forward the chronicle launched in Exiles from a Future Time. In this volume Wald delves into literary, emotional, and ideological trajectories of radical cultural workers in the era when the International Brigades fought in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) and the United States battled in World War II (1941-45). Confronting questions about Jewish masculinity, racism at the core of liberal democracy, the corrosion of utopian dreams, and the thorny interaction between antifascism and Communism, Wald re-creates the intellectual and cultural landscape of a remarkable era. The second of three volumes by Alan Wald that track the political and personal lives of several generations of U.S. left-wing writers, ###Trinity of Passion# carries forward the chronicle launched in ###Exiles from a Future Time: The Forging of the Mid-Twentieth-Century Literary Left#. In this volume Wald delves into literary, emotional, and ideological trajectories of radical cultural workers in the era when the International Brigades fought in the Spanish Civil War (1936–39) and the United States battled in World War II (1941–45). Probing in rich and haunting detail the controversial impact of the Popular Front on literary culture, he explores the ethical and aesthetic challenges that pro-Communist writers faced. Wald presents a cross section of literary talent, from the famous to the forgotten, the major to the minor. The writers examined include Len Zinberg (a.k.a. Ed Lacy), John Oliver Killens, Irwin Shaw, Albert Maltz, Ann Petry, Chester Himes, Henry Roth, Lauren Gilfillan, Ruth McKenney, Morris U. Schappes, and Jo Sinclair. He also uncovers dramatic new information about Arthur Miller's complex commitment to the Left. Confronting heartfelt questions about Jewish masculinity, racism at the core of liberal democracy, the corrosion of utopian dreams, and the thorny interaction between antifascism and Communism, Wald re-creates the intellectual and cultural landscape of a remarkable era.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Preface
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  1. Introduction. The Strange Career of Len Zinberg
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  1. Chapter 1. Tough Jews in the Spanish Civil War
  2. pp. 16-45
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  1. Chapter 2. The Agony of the African American Left
  2. pp. 46-73
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  1. Chapter 3. The Peculiarities of the Germans
  2. pp. 74-107
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  1. Chapter 4. A Rage in Harlem
  2. pp. 108-145
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  1. Chapter 5. Disappearing Acts
  2. pp. 146-175
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  1. Chapter 6. The Conversion of the Jews
  2. pp. 176-209
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  1. Chapter 7. Arthur Miller’s Missing Chapter
  2. pp. 210-235
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  1. Conclusion. The Fates of Antifascism
  2. pp. 236-260
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  1. Notes
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  1. Acknowledgments and Sources
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469603285
Related ISBN
9780807830758
MARC Record
OCLC
778455354
Pages
344
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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