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Hardwick, Elizabeth; Lowell, Robert; McCarthy, Mary; Wilson, Edmund & Laskin, David (Author). PARTISANS: MARRIAGE, POLITICS, AND BETRAYAL AMONG THE NEW YORK INTELLECTUALS. New York City, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 319 pages. As New/As New.

Full-length biography of an important era in American public life. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. From the Depression Era of the 1930's through the Vietnam War of the 1960's, a generation of "public intellectuals" thrived in New York: Poets, novelists, critics, and commentators who together were also friends, rivals, spouses, and lovers. Their personal relationships were as passionate as their writing. In their poems, novels, and essays, they debated one another while producing work that was brilliant and often controversial. Among them were such great figures as Edmund Wilson and Mary McCarthy, Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Hardwick, and Hannah Arendt, the German refugee/exile who became the greatest political philosopher of the 20th century, among a few others. Their gripping and oddly moving story is told in this book with empathy, fascination, and more than a touch of wistful nostalgia for a great period in American intellectual life that has disappeared and been replaced by the present one of flavorless, mass-media talking heads, pundits, and "experts", all of whom are purveyors of the dominant ideology of political correctness. This title is no longer in print and is now collectible. This copy has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. Some of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. A flawless copy. . ISBN 0684815656. $20.00

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