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The Century’s Midnight

Dissenting European and American Writers in the Era of the Second World War


Clive Bush

The Century’s Midnight is an exploration of the literary and political relationships between a number of ideologically sophisticated American and European writers during a mid-twentieth century dominated by the Second World War. Clive Bush offers an account of an intelligent and diverse community of people of good will, transcending national, ideological and cultural barriers. Although structured around five central figures – the novelist Victor Serge, the editors Dwight Macdonald and Dorothy Norman, the cultural critic Lewis Mumford and the poet Muriel Rukeyser – the book examines a wealth of European and American writers including Hannah Arendt, Simone de Beauvoir, Walter Benjamin, John Dos Passos, André Gide, Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, George Orwell, Boris Pilniak, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ignacio Silone and Richard Wright.
The book’s central theme relates politics and literature to time and narrative. The author argues that knowledge of the writers of this period is of inestimable value in attempting to understand our contemporary world.


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Bibliography ARCHIVES Victor Serge Otherwise unreferenced articles by Serge are typescripts (dated or undated) in the Victor Serge Papers, Beinecke Manuscript and Rare Book Library, Yale University, New Haven. Dwight Macdonald Unpublished letters to and from Macdonald are located in Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University, New Haven. Dorothy Norman Unpublished letters to and from Norman are located in Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven. Alfred Stieglitz The relevant papers can be found in the Stieglitz Papers, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven. Lewis Mumford Unpublished letters to and from Mumford are located in the Mumford Papers, Special Collections, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Muriel Rukeyser All unpublished letters to and from Rukeyser, together with other cited unpublished material are in the Muriel Rukeyser Papers, Library of Congress, Washington DC. Bibliography 561 PUBLISHED WORKS Adams, Henry, The Education of Henry Adams: An Autobiography (1918; Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1961). Adams, Henry, Mont Saint Michel and Chartres (1904/1913; New York: Gordon Press, 1974). Adams, Henry, The Degradation of the Democratic Dogma, intr. Brooks Adams (New York: Macmillan, 1919). Adams, John Quincy, ‘From his Diary 1826–1844’, TWICE A YEAR, vols XII–XIII (Fall– Winter 1945), pp. 453–96. Anderson, Perry, ‘Russia’s Managed Democracy’, The London Review of Books 29.2 (25 January 2007), pp. 3–7. Arendt, Hannah, The Human Condition (New York: Doubleday Anchor, 1959). Arendt, Hannah, The Life of the Mind (San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace, 1971). Arendt, Hannah, Love and...

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