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The Resource The brazen age : New York City and the American empire : politics, art, and bohemia, David Reid

The brazen age : New York City and the American empire : politics, art, and bohemia, David Reid

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The brazen age : New York City and the American empire : politics, art, and bohemia
Title
The brazen age
Title remainder
New York City and the American empire : politics, art, and bohemia
Statement of responsibility
David Reid
Title variation
New York City and the American empire
Title variation remainder
politics, art, and bohemia
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A brilliant, sweeping, and unparalleled look at the extraordinarily rich culture and turbulent politics of New York City between the years 1945 and 1950, The Brazen Age opens with Franklin Delano Roosevelt's campaign tour through the city's boroughs in 1944. He would see little of what made New York the capital of modernity--though the aristocratic FDR was its paradoxical avatar--a city boasting an unprecedented and unique synthesis of genius, ambition, and the avant-garde. While concentrating on those five years, David Reid also reaches back to the turn of the twentieth century to explore the city's progressive politics, radical artistic experimentation, and burgeoning bohemia. From 1900 to 1929, New York City was a dynamic metropolis on the rise, and it quickly became a cultural nexus of new architecture; the home of a thriving movie business; the glittering center of theater and radio; and a hub of book, magazine, and newspaper publishing. In the 1930s, the rise of Hitler and World War II would send some of Europe's most talented men and women to America's shores, vastly enriching the fields of science, architecture, film, and arts and letters--the list includes Albert Einstein, Erwin Panofsky, Walter Gropius, George Grosz, André Kertész, Robert Capa, Thomas Mann, Hannah Arendt, Vladimir Nabokov, and John Lukacs. Reid draws a portrait of the frenzied, creative energy of a bohemian Greenwich Village, from the taverns to the salons. Revolutionaries, socialists, and intelligentsia in the 1910s were drawn to the highly provocative monthly magazine The Masses, which attracted the era's greatest talent, from John Reed to Sherwood Anderson, Djuna Barnes, John Sloan, and Stuart Davis. And summoned up is a chorus of witnesses to the ever-changing landscape of bohemia, from Malcolm Cowley to Anaïs Nin. Also present are the pioneering photographers who captured the city in black-and-white: Berenice Abbott's dizzying aerial views, Samuel Gottscho's photographs of the waterfront and the city's architectural splendor, and Weegee's masterful noir lowlife. But the political tone would be set by the next president, and Reid looks closely at Thomas Dewey, Henry Wallace, and Harry Truman. James Forrestal, secretary of the navy under Roosevelt, would be influential in establishing a new position in the cabinet before ascending to it himself as secretary of defense under Truman, but not before helping to usher in the Cold War. With The Brazen Age, David Reid has magnificently captured a complex and powerful moment in the history of New York City in the mid-twentieth century, a period of time that would ensure its place on the world stage for many generations." --Publisher's description
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
974.7/043
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
F128.5
LC item number
.R45 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The brazen age : New York City and the American empire : politics, art, and bohemia, David Reid
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [441]-478) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The last hurrah of Franklin D. Roosevelt -- Empire and communications. City lights ; Cultural capital ; The greater City ; Babylon revisited ; Wandering rocks -- City of refuge. Exiles and émigrés ; The City at war -- Words, words, words. Books are bullets ; New York discovers America ; Limousines on Grub Street ; Scenes of writing -- That winter--and the next. A fractious peace ; New York observed ; Soldier's Home -- The City in black and white. Berenice Abbott's village in the city ; Gottscho's Oz ; Weegee's dark carnival -- Greenwich Village : ghosts, goths, and glimpses of the moon. Bohemia was yesterday ; Conciliating nobody: The masses and the villagers ; Brightness fall ; Another part of the forest ; Culture and anarchy : "The sublime is now" -- 1948 : the end of something. Verdict ; Conference at the Waldorf -- Days without end
Control code
ocn907154934
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvii, 504 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780394572376
Lccn
2015024900
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)907154934
  • (Sirsi) a1917470
Label
The brazen age : New York City and the American empire : politics, art, and bohemia, David Reid
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [441]-478) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The last hurrah of Franklin D. Roosevelt -- Empire and communications. City lights ; Cultural capital ; The greater City ; Babylon revisited ; Wandering rocks -- City of refuge. Exiles and émigrés ; The City at war -- Words, words, words. Books are bullets ; New York discovers America ; Limousines on Grub Street ; Scenes of writing -- That winter--and the next. A fractious peace ; New York observed ; Soldier's Home -- The City in black and white. Berenice Abbott's village in the city ; Gottscho's Oz ; Weegee's dark carnival -- Greenwich Village : ghosts, goths, and glimpses of the moon. Bohemia was yesterday ; Conciliating nobody: The masses and the villagers ; Brightness fall ; Another part of the forest ; Culture and anarchy : "The sublime is now" -- 1948 : the end of something. Verdict ; Conference at the Waldorf -- Days without end
Control code
ocn907154934
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvii, 504 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780394572376
Lccn
2015024900
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)907154934
  • (Sirsi) a1917470

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