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By Alexander Bloom

"A herd of self sustaining minds," Harold Rosenberg as soon as labelled his fellow intellectuals. They have been, and are, as this booklet indicates, a different and interesting staff, together with literary critics Lionel Trilling, Alfred Kazin, Irving Howe, Leslie Fiedler, Philip Rahv and William Phillips; social scientists Daniel Bell, Seymour Martin Lipset, and Nathan Glazer,; paintings critics and historians Clement Greenberg, Harold Rosenberg, and Meyer Schapiro; novelist Saul Bellow; and political newshounds Irving Kristol and Norman Podhoretz. Their tale winds via the vast majority of the the most important highbrow and political occasions of the final a long time, in addition to throughout the significant educational associations of the kingdom and the editorial forums of such vital journals as Partisan Review, Commentary, Dissent, The Public Interest, and The ny evaluation of Books.

So deeply entrenched in our highbrow institution are those people who one could disregard that the majority grew up at the fringe of American society--poor, Jewish, the kids of immigrants. Prodigal Sons retraces their universal previous, from their manhattan urban ghetto upbringing and schooling via their radicalization within the '30s to their preeminence within the postwar literary and educational world.

As Bloom issues out, there isn't any unmarried commonplace big apple highbrow; nor did they percentage all their principles. This ebook is worried with how the neighborhood got here to be shaped, that it notion vital, how and why it moved and altered, and why it eventually got here undone.

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