An Age of Enormity: Life and Writing in the Forties and Fifties. Edited and introduced by Theodore Solotaroff. Foreword by Saul Bellow.
First Edition. Cleveland, The World Publishing Company, 1962. 20.8cm x 13.5cm. 347 pages. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket in protective Mylar. Very good copy in publisher’s cloth covered boards in like dust jacket. Review material and related newspaper-clippings laid in.
Includes for Example: Journal of a Generation/ Class Fiction: Frustration at the Barricades/ Nancy Hale: Fiction as Method/ The Trouble with the Short Story/ Philosophical Naturalism: The Failure of Verve/ Second-Generation Perspectives/ The Situation of the Jewish Writer/ Sholom Aleichem/ The Humor of Exile/ The Blessings of Poverty/ The Anger of James T. Farrell/ Ramon Sender’s Chronicle of Dawn/ Jean Malaquais’ War Diary/ Louis MacNeice and the War/ The Young Richard Wright/ Souther Fiction and Social Reality/ Psychoanalysis as Literature: The Case of Anais Nin/ The Amusements of Kenneth Patchen/ Henry Miller in America/ Two Models of Fiction/ Chopping a Teakettle: E.B. White’s “The Wild Flag”/ Silone’s Spiritual Journey/ From Marx to Freud: Adjusting to Belonging/ A Left-Wing Middle-Brow/ Second Thoughts on Huxley’s Brave New World/ Isherwood’s Master Theme/ Kenneth Burke’s “A Grammar of Motives”/ Approaches to Kafka/ The Two Gides/ Adam and Eve on Delancey Street/ Sensibility as Fiction/ Charles Williams/ Henry Green/ Terror Beyond Evil/ Soviet Labor and Western Horror/ The Meaning of Terror/ Mind, Body, Spirit: The Road to the Castle/ Religion and Naturalism: A Personal Statement/ Gandi: Self-Realization Through Politics/ Reflections on Orwell/ Gentleman George/ Decency and Death/ A Farewell to Hemingway/ Faulkner’s Two Styles/ David Levinsky: The Jew as American Millionaire/ Sartre’s Underground/ Stendhal’s Rogues/ Simone Weil/ Simone Weil as Saint/ Uprootedness and Animal Nature/ What Should My Child Read?/ For God and the Suburbs/ Broadway “Meshuggene”/ Castile Soap Opera/ Life in Chicago etc.
Rosenfeld contributed to magazines like “Partisan Review”, “The New Republic”, and “Commentary” during the forties and fifties. book is a collection of fifty of the best of those pieces.