The New York Intellectuals  

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The New York Intellectuals were a group of American writers and literary critics based in New York in the mid-20th century. They advocated left-wing politics but were also firmly anti-Stalinist. The group is known for having sought to integrate literary theory with Marxism and Socialism while rejecting Soviet Communism as a workable or acceptable political model.

Several New York Intellectuals were educated at the City College of New York in the 1930s, and many were associated with the left-wing political journals The Partisan Review, Commentary, and Dissent. Writer Nicholas Lemann has described the New York Intellectuals as "the American Bloomsbury". Writers often identified as New York Intellectuals include Robert Warshow, Philip Rahv, William Phillips, Mary McCarthy, Dwight Macdonald, Lionel Trilling, Clement Greenberg, Irving Kristol, Sidney Hook, Irving Howe, Alfred Kazin, and Daniel Bell. Many of the New York Intellectuals have been associated with The New School in New York. Some of them, Irving Kristol in particular, later became key influences in the Neoconservative movement.

Bibliography

  • Bloom, Alexander, Prodigal Sons: The New York Intellectuals & Their World, Oxford University Press, 1986. ISBN 978-0-19-505177-3




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