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The Century’s Midnight

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

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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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American Civil Liberties Union 217 American Civil War 471 American Committee for Chinese War Orphans 301 American Committee for Émigré Writers 301 American Council against Nazi War Propaganda 301 American Federation of Labour (AFL) 302 American Friends of German Freedom 301 American Friends of Spanish Democracy 301 Americans for Democratic Action 217 American Emergency Food Committee for India, 217 American foreign policy 474–5, 501–2 American Israel Public Affairs Committee 481 Amistad mutiny 253 Amnesty International 10, 224 Amram, Emily 221 Amtayeva, Raisa 487 Anabaptists 21, 22, 133 Anderson, Perry 485–6 Anderson, Sherwood 108, 222, 258, 266 Angelico, Fra 252 anti-Semitism 30, 226 Apartheid in South Africa 171 Apollinaire, Guillaume 251 Aquinas, St Thomas 320 Aragon, Louis 71, 74, 75 Arendt, Hannah 45, 63, 83, 112, 113, 116, 121, 125, 131, 134, 188, 202, 230, 231, 234, 275, 355, 371, 373, 374, 377, 386, 434, 447, 448, 451, 473; The Human Condition 135, 136; The Origins of Totalitarianism 136, 334; and Anton Ciliga 142, 143; on St Augustine 136, 326, 327; on Jaspers 45; on humanism 134; letters to Macdonald 134–6; the nature of the story xiv, 6, 17; on time, narration and eternity 137–41 Aristotle 14, 198, 322, 325, 421, 427 Armenian Massacre, 3, 500 Aaron, Daniel 109 Abel, Lionel 109, 11, 230 Abercrombie Plan for Greater London 343 Academie der Dichtung 380 Achilles 487 Adams, Ansel 222, 252 Adams, Henry 117, 121, 126, 127, 129, 151, 231, 294, 307, 314, 316, 317, 334, 344,...

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