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Dickstein, Morris

Works: 67 works in 243 publications in 3 languages and 12,520 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Political fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography  Literature  Exhibition catalogs  Young adult works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Contributor, Other
Classifications: PS3537.I85, 813.52
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Morris Dickstein
Dancing in the dark : a cultural history of the Great Depression by Morris Dickstein( Book )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 2,356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dancing in the Dark shows how our worst economic crisis, as it eroded American individualism and punctured the American dream, produced in the 1930s some of the greatest writing, photography, and mass entertainment ever seen in this country
Gates of Eden : American culture in the sixties by Morris Dickstein( Book )

42 editions published between 1977 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,947 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American culture of the 1960s
Keats and his poetry; a study in development by Morris Dickstein( Book )

13 editions published between 1971 and 1974 in English and held by 998 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Great film directors : a critical anthology( Book )

10 editions published in 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A mirror in the roadway : literature and the real world by Morris Dickstein( Book )

14 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 805 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection of essays, Morris Dickstein focuses on the rich interchange of ideas between writers such as Kafka, Céline, Carver, Bellow & Kennedy, and the world around them: the lives that formed them, the places they write about, & the social changes they make indelibly real to us
The jungle by Upton Sinclair( Book )

12 editions published between 1981 and 2003 in English and held by 747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of Jurgis Rudkus, a young immigrant who comes to America for a better life. Instead, he is confronted with the horrors of the Chicago slaughterhouses, barbarous working conditions, crushing poverty, disease, and despair
Double agent : the critic and society by Morris Dickstein( Book )

12 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and held by 737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In recent decades, an enormous gulf has opened up between academic critics addressing their professional colleagues, often in abstruse or technical terms, and the kind of public critic who writes about books, films, plays, music, and art for a wider audience. How did this breach develop between specialists and generalists, between theorists and practical critics, between humanists and antihumanists? What, if anything, can he done to repair it? Can criticism once again become part of a common culture, meaningful to scholars and general readers alike?" "Morris Dickstein's new book, Double Agent, makes an impassioned plea for criticism to move beyond the limits of poststructuralist theory, eccentric scholarship, blinkered formalism, opaque jargon, and politically motivated cultural studies. Emphasizing the relation of critics to the larger world of history and society, Dickstein takes a fresh look at the long tradition of cultural criticism associated with the independent "man of letters," and traces the development of new techniques of close reading in the aftermath of modernism. He examines the work of critics who reached out to a larger public in essays and books that were themselves contributions to literature, including Matthew Arnold, Walter Pater, H.L. Mencken, I.A. Richards, Van Wyck Brooks, Constance Rourke, Lewis Mumford, R.P. Blackmur, Edmund Wilson, Philip Rahv, Lionel Trilling, F.W. Dupee, Alfred Kazin, and George Orwell. This, he argues, is a major intellectual tradition that strikes a delicate balance between social ideas and literary values, between politics and aesthetics. Though marginalized or ignored by academic histories of criticism, it remains highly relevant to current debates about literature, culture, and the university. Dickstein concludes the book with a lively and contentious dialogue on the state of criticism today."
The revival of pragmatism : new essays on social thought, law, and culture( Book )

15 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... Originated in a conference on the revival of pragmatism ... Graduate School of the City University of New York on November 3-4, 1995"--Acknowledgement
Leopards in the temple : the transformation of American fiction, 1945-1970 by Morris Dickstein( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 25 years after World War II were a fertile period for the American novel and an era of transformation in American society. Offering a social as well as literary history, Dickstein provides a frank assessment of more than 20 key figures
The great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Frost( Book )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... This volume, containing both newly commissioned pieces and reprinted essays and book chapters, brings together an unusually wide range of approaches to Frost's poetry."--About this volume
James Baldwin( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays relating to the life and writings of James Baldwin
A voice still heard : selected essays of Irving Howe by Irving Howe( Book )

3 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Man of letters, political critic, public intellectual, Irving Howe was one of America's most exemplary and embattled writers. Since his death in 1993 at age 72, Howe's work and his personal example of commitment to high principle, both literary and political, have had a vigorous afterlife. This posthumous and capacious collection includes twenty-six essays that originally appeared in such publications as the New York Review of Books, the New Republic, and the Nation. Taken together, they reveal the depth and breadth of Howe's enthusiasms and range over politics, literature, Judaism, and the tumults of American society
Swing time : Reginald Marsh and thirties New York( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and Thirties New York is the first major assessment of the work of 'American Scene' artist Reginald Marsh (1898-1954) in 30 years. Focusing on 60 paintings, drawings, and prints, drawn from public and private collections across the U.S., along with a selection of his photographs and sketches, it puts Marsh's exuberant depictions of urban daily life within the context of the economic uncertainty of 1930s America and the work of fellow artists who shared his interest in the New York scene. This striking volume sets Marsh's fascinating work of the 1930s alongside paintings, prints, and photographs of contemporaries such as Isabel Bishop, Kenneth Hayes Miller, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Walt Kuhn, Raphael and Isaac Soyer, Guy Pene du Bois, Bernice Abbott, Aaron Siskind, Walker Evans and Arthur Rothstein. Together, they tell a complex and highly contrasting visual story of New York City life in this tumultuous time of change. -- Book jacket
Dancing in the dark : a cultural history of the Great Depression by Morris Dickstein( Recording )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This portrait of 1930s culture explores the anxiety and hope, the despair and surprising optimism of distressed Americans during the Great Depression. Morris Dickstein has brought together a staggering range of material, from epic Dust Bowl migrations to zany screwball comedies, elegant dance musicals, wildly popular swing bands, and streamlined art deco designs. Exploding the myth that Depression culture was merely escapist, Dickstein concentrates on the dynamic energy of the arts and the resulting lift they gave to the nation's morale
The rise of Silas Lapham : an authoritative text, composition and backgrounds, contemporary responses, criticism by William Dean Howells( Book )

4 editions published between 1968 and 2008 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Rise of Silas Lapham is a novel written by William Dean Howells in 1885 about the materialistic rise of Silas Lapham from rags to riches, and his ensuing moral susceptibility. Silas earns a fortune in the paint business, but he lacks social standards, which he tries to attain through his daughter's marriage to the aristocratic Corey family. Silas' morality does not fail him. He loses his money but makes the right moral decision when his partner proposes the unethical selling of the mills to English settlers
Critical insights : the great Gatsby : by F. Scott Fitzgerald( Book )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays consider the cultural and historical contexts of Fitzgerald's work while critical comparisons link the novel to the poetry of Keats and the novels Daisy Miller and Passing. The section of contextual readings is followed by a selection of critical overviews, including a consideration of Gatsby as a type of culmination of Fitzgerald's writings and an introduction to the Oxford World Classic edition of Gatsby
Why not say what happened : a sentimental education by Morris Dickstein( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"[Cultural critic] Morris Dickstein evokes his boisterous and close-knit Jewish family, his years as a yeshiva student that eventually led to fierce rebellion, his teenage adventures in the Catskills and in a Zionist summer camp, and the later education that thrust him into a life-changing world of ideas and far-reaching literary traditions."--
Critical insight : James Baldwin( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Although James Baldwin today holds a secure position in the canon of twentieth-century literature, more than twenty years after his death, he still remains one of America's most evasive authors. The body of his work is wide-ranging, complex, and occasionally contradictory, the product of a mind in a tireless dialogue itself and its paradoxical and swiftly changing culture
Critical insights : Robert Frost( )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brings together a variety of critical perspectives on Frost's life and works. Four original essays outline the works' historical and cultural contexts, survey the major pieces of Frost criticism, examine Frost's relationship with modernist poetics, and consider how his use of paradox and contradiction participate in and differ from the use established by Whitman and Emerson
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Dancing in the dark : a cultural history of the Great Depression
Alternative Names
Morris Dickstein American academic

Morris Dickstein Amerikaans schrijver

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Gates of Eden : American culture in the sixtiesA mirror in the roadway : literature and the real worldThe jungleDouble agent : the critic and societyThe revival of pragmatism : new essays on social thought, law, and cultureLeopards in the temple : the transformation of American fiction, 1945-1970The great Gatsby, by F. Scott FitzgeraldRobert Frost