TITLE

There Really Was a Canary in Its Cage

AUTHOR(S)
Muggeridge, Malcolm
PUB. DATE
June 1956
SOURCE
New Republic;6/25/56, Vol. 134 Issue 26, p16
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents information on the autobiographical book "A Discord of Trumpets," by Claude Cockburn. The book shows that Cockburn derives from a certain English tradition of eccentricity and chivalrousness. The eccentricity represents a harmless desire to be noticed, a refusal to bother about modes of behavior, the chivalrousness comes from belonging to the English governing class and reacting against its arrogance, certitude and complacency. Cockburn became a Communist not because he was inspired by, or even knew much about it, but because being a Communist seemed to him to constitute a gesture of defiance against the social class into which he was born, and a way of lining up with the down-trodden and oppressed against the rich and powerful.
ACCESSION #
14434899

 

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