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Marriage, Politics, and Betrayal Among the New York Intellectuals

Combining literary biography with astute reporting and moral insight, David Laskin shows how sex, politics, and art affected relationships among the Partisan Review writers: Mary McCarthy, Edmund Wilson, Philip Rahv, Robert Lowell, Jean Stafford, Elizabeth Hardwick, Hannah Arendt, Allen Tate, Caroline Gordon, and Diana Trilling. It is the women who steal the show with their their groundbreaking work, their harrowing experiences of marriage, abuse, and betrayal, their passion for writing and disdain for feminism, their struggles and achievements.

328 pages | 16 halftones | 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 | © 2000

Biography and Letters

Literature and Literary Criticism: American and Canadian Literature

Table of Contents

1. Partisan Review Reborn
2. The Southern Branch
3. Seven Years of Hell
4. Country Wives
5. The War
6. Divorces
7. The Tranquilized Fifties: Insanity and Liberalism
8. The Early 1960s: Firestorms
9. The Late 1960s: Dispersal
Epilogue: Deaths


Seattle Public Library: Washington State Book Awards

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