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By Alexander Bloom

"A herd of self sustaining minds," Harold Rosenberg as soon as labelled his fellow intellectuals. They have been, and are, as this e-book exhibits, a unique and interesting crew, together with literary critics Lionel Trilling, Alfred Kazin, Irving Howe, Leslie Fiedler, Philip Rahv and William Phillips; social scientists Daniel Bell, Seymour Martin Lipset, and Nathan Glazer,; paintings critics and historians Clement Greenberg, Harold Rosenberg, and Meyer Schapiro; novelist Saul Bellow; and political reporters Irving Kristol and Norman Podhoretz. Their tale winds via the majority of the the most important highbrow and political occasions of the final many years, in addition to throughout the significant educational associations of the kingdom and the editorial forums of such vital journals as Partisan Review, Commentary, Dissent, The Public Interest, and The long island overview of Books.

So deeply entrenched in our highbrow institution are those people who you can actually put out of your mind that the majority grew up at the fringe of American society--poor, Jewish, the kids of immigrants. Prodigal Sons retraces their universal earlier, from their ny urban ghetto upbringing and schooling via their radicalization within the '30s to their preeminence within the postwar literary and educational world.

As Bloom issues out, there is not any unmarried general manhattan highbrow; nor did they proportion all their principles. This publication is worried with how the neighborhood got here to be shaped, that it suggestion very important, how and why it moved and adjusted, and why it finally got here undone.

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