TITLE

The Plight of the American Intellectual

AUTHOR(S)
Schlesinger Jr., Arthur
PUB. DATE
June 1956
SOURCE
New Republic;6/4/56, Vol. 134 Issue 23, p19
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on two books "American Paradox: The Conflict of Thought and Action," by Merle Curti and "Testament of a Liberal," by Albert Guérard. These two books provide divergent but not incompatible commentaries on the predicament of the American intellectual. Curti suggests that the American culture, was founded on a relatively new idea--the idea that intellectual enterprise was no longer the monopoly of a privileged class, and that thinking and doing should be united. Guérard is an old-fashioned rationalistic liberal intellectual, light-hearted and unrepentant, lighting his way by epigrams through the darkest 20th Century.
ACCESSION #
14434030

 

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