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American Night: The Literary Left in the Era of the Cold War

Alan M. Wald

Abstract

This book, the final volume of a trilogy, brings the author's multigenerational history of Communist writers to a climax. Using new research to explore the intimate lives of novelists, poets, and critics during the Cold War, it reveals a radical community longing for the rebirth of the social vision of the 1930s and struggling with a loss of moral certainty as the Communist worldview was being called into question. The resulting literature, the author shows, is a haunting record of fracture and struggle linked by common structures of feeling, ones more suggestive of the “negative dialectics” o ... More

Keywords: Communist writers, Cold War, negative dialectics, Theodor Adorno, social realism, psychoanalysis, existentialism, postwar modernism, secular Jews, people of color

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780807835869
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807837344_wald

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan M. Wald, author