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The New York Intellectuals: From Vanguard to Institution
by Hugh Wilford
This study of the New York Intellectuals uses original sources to reconstruct their history during the period of their greatest influence, the 1940s and 1950s. It takes as its major theme the contradiction between the Intellectuals' avant-garde principles and the institutional locations they had come to occupy. Amongst those known collectively as the New York Intellectuals ...more
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published October 1st 1995 by Manchester University Press
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Wilford offers a revisionist reading of the New York Intellectuals focused on the intellectual and material histories of three magazines: "Partisan Review," "Politics," and "Encounter," and the practical as well as principled difficulty of an maintaining "independence" in the post-war era. I'm interested in New York literary culture in the period and gained a lot from the book. I wish the Coen brothers would make a movie about the internecine battles at the "Partisan Review."