9780807853498

Exiles from a Future Time

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  • ISBN13:

    9780807853498

  • ISBN10:

    0807853496

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-06-01
  • Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr

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Summary

Wald offers a comprehensive history and reconsideration of the U.S. literary left in the mid-twentieth century. Recovering the central role Marxist-influenced writers played in fiction, poetry, theater, and literary criticism, he explores the lives and work of figures including Richard Wright, Muriel Rukeyser, Mike Gold, Claude McKay, Tillie Olsen, and Meridel Le Sueur.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
A Note on the Terminology and Illustrations xix
Introduction: Strange Communists I Have Known 1(8)
American Jeremiad
9(30)
Recording Angel
9(6)
Shakespeare in Overalls
15(3)
Poems for Workers
18(10)
``Write It Plain''
28(5)
Revolutionary Romanticism
33(6)
Inventing Mike Gold
39(32)
``A Kind of Cheeky Krazy Kat''
39(3)
``By Street Life and Thunder''
42(3)
Poverty Is a Trap
45(5)
Meyerhold in Harlem
50(5)
The Van Gogh of a Darker Time
55(6)
The Gold Standard
61(10)
The Great Promise
71(32)
Living in a ``State of Emergency''
71(5)
``Waiting for Trachty''
76(4)
The Black Cultural Front
80(4)
African Americans and the John Reed Clubs
84(11)
Gender and Party Commitment
95(8)
The New Masses and the Social Muse
103(60)
``Bloody Anarchists''
103(5)
Becoming a Weekly
108(4)
Portrait of a New Masses Literary Editor
112(7)
Poetry and the Popular Front
119(8)
The Last Refuge
127(36)
Yogis and Commissars
163(30)
Love and Revolution
163(3)
A Pen Dripped in Vitriol
166(5)
The St. Augustine of Communism
171(7)
The Red Valentino
178(7)
A Divided Life
185(5)
The Dream with the Changing Name
190(3)
Three Moderns in Search of an Answer
193(36)
The Modernist Temptation
193(5)
Bastard in the Ragged Suit
198(6)
Apollinaire of the Proletariat
204(10)
Byron of the Poolhalls
214(15)
Sappho in Red
229(34)
Loyalties
229(5)
The Rational Ecologist
234(4)
Waltzing Mouse
238(6)
And God Came In
244(3)
The Apostate
247(5)
The Premature Socialist-Feminists
252(11)
Black Marxists in White America
263(36)
Transcending Narrow Nationalisms
263(4)
New Challenges
267(9)
``New'' and ``Newer'' Negroes
276(3)
Between Class and Nationality
279(12)
From Banjo to Melody
291(8)
The Antinomies of a Proletarian Avant-garde 299(32)
Flights and Moorings
299(7)
A Social Poet's Progress
306(10)
Poets and Criminals
316(11)
Chronology of the Mid-Twentieth-Century Cultural Left
327(4)
Notes 331(62)
Acknowledgments and Sources 393(6)
Index 399

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