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Independent Intellectuals in the United States, 1910-1945
A new intellectual community came together in the United States in the 1910s and 1920s, a community outside the universities, the professions and, in general, the established centers of intellectual life. A generation of young intellectuals was increasingly challenging both the genteel tradition and the growing division of intellectual labor. Adversarial and anti-professio ...more
Published February 1st 1995 by New York University Press
(first published November 1st 1992)
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I went through a period where I was absolutely obsessed by the idea of New York Bohemia. I could breathe in the life of the mind in every Greenwich Village essay or poem. Pre-beat type. I fantasized about having a Scotch and Soda with Lionell and Diana Trilling, Mary McCarthy, and Saul Bellow. This book served as a nice primer to my fantasy.