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Trinity of Passion: The Literary Left and the Antifascist Crusade (Hardback)
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Trinity of Passion: The Literary Left and the Antifascist Crusade (Hardback)

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Hardback 344 Pages / Published: 28/02/2007
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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"". 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.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807830758
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 617 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 25 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
A valuable addition to scholarship on the history of left-wing Jews. . . . Informative [and] richly detailed.--American Jewish History


A vibrant and insightful reading of American sociopolitical literary culture.--Contemporary Jewry


[Wald's] meticulously researched thumbnail biographies of individual writers, many of them hitherto little-known, amount to far more than literary-historical detective work.--Science & Society

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