Virtual Book Launch: The Golden Age of the American Essay by Phillip Lopate in conversation with Clifford Thompson

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Virtual Book Launch: The Golden Age of the American Essay by Phillip Lopate






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About the Book.

A one-of-a-kind anthology of American essays on a wide range of subjects by a dazzling array of mid-century writers at the top of their form. The three decades that followed World War II were an exceptionally fertile period for American essays. The explosion of journals and magazines, the rise of public intellectuals, and breakthroughs in the arts inspired a flowering of literary culture. At the same time, the many problems that confronted mid-century America–racism, sexism, nuclear threat, war, poverty, and environmental degradation among them–proved fruitful topics for America’s best minds. In The Golden Age of the American Essay, Phillip Lopate assembles a dazzling array of famous writers, critics, sociologists, theologians, historians, activists, theorists, humorists, poets, and novelists. Here are writers like James Agee, E. B. White, A. J. Liebling, Randall Jarrell, and Mary McCarthy, pivoting from the comic indignities of daily life to world peace, consumerism, and restaurants in Paris. Here is Norman Mailer on Jackie Kennedy, Vladimir Nabokov on Lolita, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” and Richard Hofstadter’s “The Paranoid Style in American Politics.” Here are Gore Vidal, Rachel Carson, James Baldwin, Susan Sontag, John Updike, Joan Didion, and many more, in a treasury of brilliant writing that has stood the test of time.







About The Author.

PHILLIP LOPATE is the author of the essay collections Against Joie de VivreBachelorhood, and Portrait of My Body. He has also written the novels The Rug Merchant and Confessions of a Summer. Lopate is the editor of The Art of the Personal Essay and the Library of America’s Writing New York, as well as the series editor of The Art of the Essay. His film criticism appears regularly in The New York Times and other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Phillip Lopate’s The Glorious American Essay was published by Pantheon Books in November 2020.


Event date: 
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 7:00pm
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The Golden Age of the American Essay: 1945-1970 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525567332
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Published: Anchor - April 6th, 2021