The Angry Decade

The Angry Decade

The Angry Decade

The Angry Decade

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The period from the stock market crash to Pearl Harbor was one of the liveliest and most dramatic in recent American history. This book is a social and literary account of that period, and seeks to capture its spirit through the chief historical and literary events.

Though dealing with both social and literary phenomena, the book does not subscribe to economic determinism, or any other sectarian or restrictive view. Literature and the arts are affected as much, if not more, by the temperament and passions of the artist, as by the times in which he lives. The times affected the writers of the 1930's without "determining," in the doctrinaire sense, what or how they wrote. The same is true of the movies, of which some account is made, as well as of the radio programs, the popular magazines, the music, and the art of the period which, except for passing references, remain outside the scope of this inquiry. The book is not intended as an exhaustive cultural survey. Its method is selective rather than encyclopedic.

I wish to thank Robert E. Grayson, librarian of the New York Herald Tribune, for providing me with access to the back files of his newspaper. I should also like to express my gratitude to my wife for her invaluable critical readings of the manuscript.

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