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Author Mendelson, Edward, author.

Title Moral agents : eight twentieth-century American writers / Edward Mendelson.

Publication Info. New York : New York Review Books, [2015]


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 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  810.9 MENDELSON    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  810.905 MENDELSON    Check Shelf
 Windsor, Main Library - Adult Department  810.9 ME    Check Shelf
Description xviii, 203 pages ; 22 cm.
Series New York Review Books Classics
New York Review Books classics.
Contents Sage: Lionel Trilling -- Moralist: Dwight Macdonald -- Outsider: Alfred Kazin -- Magus: William Maxwell -- Patriarch: Saul Bellow -- Mythmaker: Norman Mailer -- Neighbor: W.H. Auden -- Celebrant: Frank O'Hara.
Summary "One of contemporary America's leading critics and scholars offers a provocative reassessment of the lives and work of eight influential twentieth- century American writers: Lionel Trilling, Dwight Macdonald, W.H. Auden, William Maxwell, Saul Bellow, Alfred Kazin, Norman Mailer, Frank O'Hara. Drawing on newly published letters and diaries, Edward Mendelson explores the responses of these writers, very public figures all, to major historical events--among them the rise and fall of fascism, the cold war, the struggles for civil rights and against the Vietnam War, and the sexual revolution--and shows how intensely personal concerns, relating to childhood, religion, status, sex, and money, largely shaped their views. Mendelson's vivid portraits cut to the quick, changing our perceptions of these brilliant, complicated, often deeply troubled men while offering readers a new understanding of their contributions to American intellectual and political life"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 203).
Subject American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
United States -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Trilling, Lionel, 1905-1975.
Literature and history -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Bellow, Saul.
Macdonald, Dwight.
Kazin, Alfred, 1915-1998.
Maxwell, William.
Mailer, Norman.
Auden, H. W. (Henry William), 1867-1940.
O'Hara, Frank.
Chronological Term 1900 - 1999
Other Form: Online version: Mendelson, Edward, author. Lives of the Intellectuals New York : New York Review Books, [2015] 9781590178065 (DLC) 2014036790
ISBN 9781590177761 (hardback: acid-free paper)
1590177762 (hardback: acid-free paper)
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