Modernity, Myth and Memory
Chapter 3 - The Intellectual Community of La Rivoluzione Liberale 129
Chapter 3 The Intellectual Community of La Rivoluzione Liberale A book of some of Gobetti’s private writings, many of them diary entries, was published in 1966. It was entitled L’editore ideale in homage to the role that Gobetti aspired and strived towards in the seven years of his public career.1 The expression was coined by Gobetti himself and it encapsulated how he wished to be regarded. He aspired to be not just an intellectual or theorist, but the ‘ideal editor’. As a small avant-garde journal and book publisher, he understood the role of editor to encompass all the practical aspects of publishing, publicity and administration as well as the more ideological aspects of book and journal editing. He was constantly striv- ing to become a respected and dynamic ‘organiser of culture’, confident that by running his own small operation and retaining personal control of the financial and administrative aspects of the business, he would best be able to realise his vision. By publishing books and articles on topics ranging from British politics to poetry, he hoped to shape the outlook of his readers in politics and culture in the broader sense, and in doing so to educate them towards a greater political maturity. However the readers and writers were in many ways, as important and as active in shaping Gobetti’s political project as he himself was, and one of his great strengths was in bringing together dif ferent voices to create a new community of intellec- tuals. The famous Rivoluzione...
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