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Adventures of the Artist as Intellectual

Paul Buhle and Dave Wagner

in A Very Dangerous Citizen

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780520223837
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936928 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520223837.003.0002
Adventures of the Artist as Intellectual

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The events which primed the cultural politics of the 1930s and 1940s began with the bohemian innocence and proletarian vitality of those years before the First World War. In this time, where he was just a youngster, Polonsky sought his potential for his artistic perceptions and his political life. During this stage of his life, he caught a glimpse of America's frightening possibilities when officers from the new Bureau of Investigation closed in on a Bronx neighbor with “guns blazing.” The raid did not drive Polonsky either to reclusiveness or to hunger for revenge. But the raid gave the childhood of a boy, who loved his neighborhood and the world opening to him, some trauma.

Keywords: Polonsky; politics; artistic; neighborhood; childhood

Chapter.  18247 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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