By Ichiro Takayoshi
Ichiro Takayoshi's e-book argues that global conflict II reworked American literary tradition. From the mid-1930s to the yankee access into global struggle II in 1941, preeminent figures from Ernest Hemingway to Reinhold Neibuhr replied to the flip of the public's curiosity from the industrial melancholy at domestic to the threat of totalitarian structures out of the country via generating novels, brief tales, performs, poems, and cultural feedback within which they prophesied the arrival of a moment international struggle and explored how the US may arrange for it. the range of competing solutions provided a wealthy legacy of idioms, symbols, and traditional arguments that used to be destined to license America's promoting of its values and pursuits around the globe for the remainder of the 20 th century. formidable in scope and addressing a major diversity of writers, thinkers, and artists, this booklet is the 1st to set up the outlines of yank tradition in this pivotal interval.
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A swarm of “professional patriots” Sidney Howard lampooned in the previous decade came out of the woodwork. 27 The Communists were systematically removed from ballots during the 1940 elections. Both at federal and state levels, statutes restricting freedom of speech ﬂew onto the books. In sixteen states, it was now a crime to express opposition to war. 28 The Sedition Act was repealed in 1920, but now it was back, as a clause buried deep in the innocuous-sounding Alien Registration Act of 1940 (the ﬁrst peacetime sedition act in the nation’s history).
We got one new radio two days ago so that we could get our disaster fresh on the hour instead of waiting for the mail boat. It was a very puky [sic] radio and was just like having a damned soul in the house. So another radio came out today, with an old typical Cuban loony in charge, one of those who knows everything and immediately burns out all the fuses in the house. I am not a partisan of the radio normally but now that we are waiting to hear of England being invaded I am glad to have it. Ernest on the other hand is a ﬁend for the radio and cannot leave this one alone.
Its text was prepared by Bénet. On July 4, 1941, his verse drama, “Listen to the People,” was broadcast through a nationwide hookup, each part read by popular actors, airtime paid for by the Council of Democracy. The play was reprinted entirely in Life magazine, part of Henry Luce’s media empire where C. D. 45 Bénet’s collaboration with various propaganda outﬁts, within the government and without, would continue well into wartime, until his untimely death in 1943. Edna St. Vincent Millay, very much politically engaged by the late 1930s, also used a hypothetical air raid on American mainland in her numerous anti-Axis poems.
American Writers and the Approach of World War II, 1935-1941: A Literary History by Ichiro Takayoshi