Trinity of Passion

Alan M. Wald

Published by University of North Carolina Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780807830758
Published online July 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781469603285
Trinity of Passion

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The second of three volumes that track the political and personal lives of several generations of U.S. left-wing writers, this book carries forward the chronicle launched in Exiles from a Future Time: The Forging of the Mid-Twentieth-Century Literary Left. In this volume, the author 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 detail the controversial impact of the Popular Front on literary culture, he explores the ethical and aesthetic challenges that pro-Communist writers faced, and 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 Mc-Kenney, Morris U. Schappes, and Jo Sinclair. The author 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, he re-creates the intellectual and cultural landscape of a remarkable era.

Keywords: cultural workers; International Brigades; Spanish Civil War; Popular Front; literary culture; Jewish masculinity; racism; liberal democracy; Arthur Miller; pro-Communist writers

Book.  344 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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