By Takayoshi Ichiro
Ichiro Takayoshi's e-book argues that international warfare II reworked American literary tradition. From the mid-1930s to the yank access into global battle II in 1941, pre-eminent figures from Ernest Hemingway to Reinhold Neibuhr replied to the flip of the public's curiosity from the commercial melancholy at domestic to the risk of totalitarian structures overseas by means of generating novels, brief tales, performs, poems, and cultural feedback within which they prophesied the arrival of a moment international struggle and explored how the USA might arrange for it. the range of competing solutions provided a wealthy legacy of idioms, symbols, and conventional arguments that have been destined to license America's advertising of its values and pursuits world wide for the remainder of the 20 th century. formidable in scope and addressing an important diversity of writers, thinkers, and artists, this ebook is the 1st to set up the outlines of yank tradition in this pivotal interval.
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This necessary condition could not obtain in a world where politicians, usurers, and their lackeys in the press (“liars in public places”) easily nulliﬁed eﬀorts of a small vanguard of linguistic hygienists. There was no newness. Nor was there knowledge or light. The world was mute of all light (“d’ogni luce muto”). ” Another lesson that pursued American writers to these circles of Hell may well be called the lesson of Randolph Bourne in recognition of its most eloquent teacher. The acerbic attack on Wilson’s war that Bourne kept up throughout much of 1917 exposed how phony realism and phony idealism colluded in pro-war writers’ thinking.
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