Some Dangers to American Writing

Gowley, Malcolm
November 1954
New Republic;11/22/54, Vol. 131 Issue 21, p114
This article discusses issues related to the literature in the U.S. While reading the special number of the "London Times Literary Supplement" devoted to "American Writing: Its Independence and Vigor," he kept thinking of one subject that was not mentioned in a collection of thoughtful essays. None of them made what should have been an obvious statement: that American writing, or at least American authorship, is now more precisely threatened than at any other time in the century. The political danger to American writing is connected with the loyalty crusade, which has led to some curious activities in or against the literary world. The writing trade has become a favorite object of suspicion. Authors can be investigated without tedious travels and interviews, merely by going to the nearest public library.


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