I have been a London-based New Yorker for the last 25 years, where I was an academic within the University of London. I read and wrote about 18th century and Romantic Age literature. I have now turned my eye on my native city and am starting a sustained reading of the entire run of PARTISAN REVIEW — a journal that was born in the 1930s in New York City and that offered an anti-Stalinist version of modern thought and literature and theory and politics. Though later many contributors to PR moved much further to the right and became not only anti-Stalinist but anti-socialist as well, in the 1930s and during WWII, Partisan Review shaped a left critique of politics, art, and literature and inspired a generation of young women and men to understand and engage in debates that remain important in our own cultural and political time. I will be reading and writing about each issue in chronological order.
I welcome everyone who is interested in this material to join this discussion and offer comments and corrections as necessary.
Partisan Review is available to read on-line through the
Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center