This book is about the story of James T. Farrell's role in the debate over the relationship between literature and politics during the 1930s. It is useful for American literary and intellectual history, American Left, and rhetoric and communication scholars interested in political controversy. .
Table of Contents
Polemics -- Preface -- Introduction: Independent Voices and American Radicalism -- Growing Up in Chicago -- Farrell Comes of Age -- Your Word Is Revolution -- Fighting Alone -- A Note on Literary Criticism: 1936 -- Looking for Answers: Trotsky and the Moscow Trials -- Epilogue: Shattered Dreams and the Cold War