The New York Intellectuals: From Vanguard to Institution

Hugh Wilford


The New York Intellectuals: From Vanguard to Institution

The New York Intellectuals: From Vanguard to Institution

  • Title: The New York Intellectuals: From Vanguard to Institution
  • Author: Hugh Wilford
  • ISBN: 9780719039881
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Hardcover



This study of the New York Intellectuals uses original sources to reconstruct their history during the period of their greatest influence, the 1940s and 1950s It takes as its major theme the contradiction between the Intellectuals avant garde principles and the institutional locations they had come to occupy Amongst those known collectively as the New York IntellectualsThis study of the New York Intellectuals uses original sources to reconstruct their history during the period of their greatest influence, the 1940s and 1950s It takes as its major theme the contradiction between the Intellectuals avant garde principles and the institutional locations they had come to occupy Amongst those known collectively as the New York Intellectuals were such thinkers and activists as Philip Rahv, Mary McCarthy, Dwight Macdonald and Lionel Trilling They assembled on the margins of American society in the 1930s and formed an intellectual community on the basis of their shared concern with Marxism and modernism Afterwards they enjoyed a steady ascent to national and international prominence Their influence is still felt in many spheres of American public life today.


Recent Comments "The New York Intellectuals: From Vanguard to Institution"

Wilford offers a revisionist reading of the New York Intellectuals focused on the intellectual and material histories of three magazines: "Partisan Review," "Politics," and "Encounter," and the practical as well as principled difficulty of an maintaining "independence" in the post-war era. I'm interested in New York literary culture in the period and gained a lot from the book. I wish the Coen brothers would make a movie about the internecine battles at the "Partisan Review."


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