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Trinity of PassionThe Literary Left and the Antifascist Crusade$
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Alan M. Wald

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830758

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882368_wald

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The Strange Career of Len Zinberg

The Strange Career of Len Zinberg

(p.1) Introduction The Strange Career of Len Zinberg
Trinity of Passion

Alan M. Wald

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter offers the career of Leonard Zinberg at the outset not merely to unveil the hidden identity of Ed Lacy—as a secular Jew, a former Communist, and a proletarian writer turned pulp writer extraordinaire. It explains that the career of Zinberg is also exemplary for its birthright in the antifascist crusade, its transit from the small magazines of the Left to the mainstream publications of mass culture, its manifold engagements with the ideology of racism and the travails of working-class life, and its dogged loyalty to fundamental class-based ideas of social transformation, albeit in a changing world. The chapter explains that Leonard S. Zinberg, known as Len, was born in 1911 in upstate New York to Max and Elizabeth Zinberg, attended City College of New York, and in the early 1930s traveled across the country.

Keywords:   Leonard Zinberg, Ed Lacy, Jew, Communist, proletarian, writer, pulp, racism, social, New York

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