The Collected Essays of Leslie Fiedler - Vol. 1

The Collected Essays of Leslie Fiedler - Vol. 1

The Collected Essays of Leslie Fiedler - Vol. 1

The Collected Essays of Leslie Fiedler - Vol. 1

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The following essays were written over a period of slightly more than two decades extending from my thirtieth year to just beyond my fiftieth. They record impressions and responses, therefore, to a period bounded by two Cold Wars: the first between the two great powers on either pole of Europe, who came inevitably into conflict once their initial revolutionary impetus had turned into imperialist expansionism; the second between the old and the young, parents and children in the whole region between those two poles. Some of these essays deal directly with the politics created by the first of the two Cold Wars, and some with the cultural changes created by the second. Others are concerned primarily with literature, but these, too, are necessarily influenced by the series of cultural revolutions and political counterrevolutions through which we have all been living over the past twenty years.

Almost all of these essays were occasional to begin with, which is to say, were prompted by public events or the appearance of certain books, as well as by the demands of editors or the organizers of forums and symposia. They seem to me, however, to have survived their occasions, which is why I have chosen them out of the several hundred similar articles which I wrote and published between 1948 and 1970. Even when I have changed my mind radically about matters treated in one or another essay, I have not revised or altered anything. The reader patient enough or moved enough to read through to the end of these two volumes will discover not only where I am now in my feelings and ideas, but also where I have been all along the way. It is tempting to falsify one's past in the light of the present, but really impossible . . .

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