Double Agent: The Critic and Society (Revised)


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Oxford University Press, USA
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5.74 X 9.04 X 0.73 inches | 0.77 pounds
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About the Author

Morris Dickstein is best known for his book on the 1960s, Gates of Eden, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award and named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review. His essays and reviews have appeared frequently in journals ranging from the Times Book Review and the Times Literary Supplement to Critical Inquiry and Partisan Review. He teaches English and film at Queens College and at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he coordinates the American Studies program.


"[This book is] a sort of love letter to the critics closest to Dickstein's heart. It's a thoughtful book, and finally--unexpectedly--a moving one....The qualities he prizes in his gallery of critics--their respect for intellectual complexities, their energetic prose, their faith in the power of art to illuminate and transform our lives--are all present in his own work. His book deserves a place alongside those of the masters it commemorates."-- Chicago Tribune

"Dickstein traces the evolution of an Anglo-American tradition of cultural criticism from Matthew Arnold through Lionel Trilling and the postwar New York intellectuals to its present state of decline in 'the professionalization of criticism' and 'its renunciation of a public language and a wider audience.'"--The Nation

"An exhilarating exploration of what makes the best critical minds tick."--The New York Times