Howard Fast: Life and Literature in the Left Lane (Modern Jewish Experience)

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Howard Fast's life, from a rough-and-tumble Jewish New York street kid to the rich and famous author of close to 100 books, rivals the Horatio Alger myth. Author of bestsellers such as Citizen Tom Paine, Freedom Road, My Glorious Brothers, and Spartacus, Fast joined the American Communist Party in 1943 and remained a loyal member until 1957, despite being imprisoned for contempt of Congress. Gerald Sorin illuminates the connections among Fast's Jewishness, his writings, and his left-wing politics and explains Fast's attraction to the Party and the reasons he stayed in it as long as he did. Recounting the story of his private and public life with its adventure and risk, love and pain, struggle, failure, and success, Sorin also addresses questions such as the relationship between modern Jewish identity and radical movements, the consequences of political myopia, and the complex interaction of art, popular culture, and politics in 20th-century America.
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ISBN-13: 9780253007278
ISBN-10: 0253007275
Pagini: 512
Ilustrații: 16 b&w illustrations
Dimensiuni: 163 x 231 x 43 mm
Greutate: 0.98 kg
Editura: Indiana University Press
Seria Modern Jewish Experience


Acknowledgments Introduction; 1 Paradise Postponed; 2 The War Against Fascism; 3 The Life of the Party; 4 Cold War, Hot Seat; 5 Banned, Barred, and Beseiged; 6 The Myopia of American Communism; 7 Literature and Reality; 8 Free! But Not at Last; 9 Trials and Tribulations; 10 McCarthyism, Stalinism, and the World according to Fast; 11 Culture and the Cold War; 12 Things Fall Apart; the Left Doesn't Hold; 13 Fast Forward; 14 Life in the Fast Lane; 15 Fast and Loose; 16 Fall and DeclineNotes; Index


"Sorin brings Fast's personality to life in a way that is both sympathetic and critical. The narrative is fluid and engaging." Tony Michels, author of A Fire in Their Hearts: Yiddish Socialists in New York"An engaging account of Fast that pays attention not only to his politics but also to his writings.... It should stimulate discussion of the appeal of Communism for some American Jews in the mid-20th century." Deborah Dash Moore, author of Gender and Jewish History

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Gerald Sorin is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of American and Jewish Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He is author of Irving Howe: A Life of Passionate Dissent, winner of the 2003 National Jewish Book Award in History and The Prophetic Minority: American Jewish Immigrant Radicals, 1880-1920 (IUP, 1985).