Immediate Experience Movies, Comics, Theatre, and Other Aspects of Popular Culture

ISBN-10: 0674007263

ISBN-13: 9780674007260

Edition: 2001 (Enlarged)

Authors: Robert Warshow, Stanley Cavell, Lionel Trilling

List price: $32.00
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This collection of essays, which originally appeared as a book in 1962, is virtually the complete works of an editor of Commentary magazine who died, at age 37, in 1955. Long before the rise of Cultural Studies as an academic pursuit, in the pages of the best literary magazines of the day, Robert Warshow wrote analyses of the folklore of modern life that were as sensitive and penetrating as the writings of James Agee, George Orwell, and Walter Benjamin. Some of these essays--notably "The Westerner," "The Gangster as Tragic Hero," and the pieces on the New Yorker, Mad Magazine, Arthur Miller's The Crucible, and the Rosenberg letters--are classics, once frequently anthologized but now hard to find. Along with a new preface by Stanley Cavell, The Immediate Experience includes several essays not previously published in the book--on Kafka and Hemingway--as well as Warshow's side of an exchange with Irving Howe.
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 1/30/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 346
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Robert Warshow was one of the few critics of his day to engage deeply and seriously with popular art and culture. He was an editor of Commentary Magazine who died, at age 37, in 1955.

Lionel Trilling (1905-1975) was born in New York and educated at Columbia University, to which he returned as an instructor in 1932, and where he continued to teach in the English department throughout his long and highly distinguished career. Among his many works are critical studies of Matthew Arnold and E. M. Forster; two essay collections, The Liberal Imaginationand The Opposing Self; a novel, The Middle of the Journey; and the Norton lectures at Harvard, entitled Sincerity and Authenticity. Trilling was married to the writer and critic Diana Trilling.Geraldine Murphy is an associate professor of English and Deputy Dean of Humanities and Arts at the City College of New York, CUNY. She has published essays on Lionel Trilling and the New York Intellectuals and is working on a book-length study, "Anti-Stalinist Poetics."

Robert Warshow: Life and Works
Editor's Foreword
Author's Preface
American Popular Culture
The Legacy of the 30's
Woofed with Dreams
Clifford Odets: Poet of the Jewish Middle Class
The "Idealism" of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
Paul, the Horror Comics, and Dr. Wertham
E. B. White and the New Yorker
An Old Man Gone
American Movies
The Gangster as Tragic Hero
Movie Chronicle: The Westerner
The Anatomy of Falsehood
Father and Son--and the FBI
The Movie Camera and the American
The Liberal Conscience in The Crucible
Charles Chaplin
Monsieur Verdoux
A Feeling of Sad Dignity
The Art Film
The Flight from Europe
Day of Wrath: The Enclosed Image
Re-Viewing the Russian Movies
Previously Uncollected Essays
Kafka's Failure
The Dying Gladiator
Hope and Wisdom
Essence of Judaism
The Working Day at the Splendide
Sadism for the Masses
"Gerty" and the G.I.'s
The Art of the Film
Epilogue: After Half a Century
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